Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:59:56 AM
Teenagers will continuously have terrible judgment. That’s the one thing that remains constant throughout history. We’ve always been reckless, passionate, and impulsive. We act without even thinking of potential consequences, yet teenage pregnancy rates are astonishingly at an all-time low. Nonetheless teens are just as imprudent as ever. So if the actual impetuousness of teenagers isn’t changing, then what is? For centuries, the use of contraceptives was a societal taboo. Birth control was still illegal in some states by the late 1960s. However, today we are heavily encouraged to use protection. Sex isn’t something that people pretend doesn’t happen anymore. The attitudes toward sex are changing. We have access to resources such as sexual education in school and clinics like Planned Parenthood that promote safe sex. Personally, these assets have led me to strongly believe that life will happen and you can still live in the moment while practicing safe habits. The widespread availability of contraceptives such as the pill and condoms contribute most to the decline in teenage pregnancy. Most parents openly discuss sex with their teens and even buy birth control for them. The declining birth rate doesn’t mean teenagers have stopped having sex. It simply means they have learned to utilize the contraceptives that are readily available to them. Adults have come to the realization that they can’t stop their children from experimenting with intercourse by simply ignoring the issue. Instead, they must teach them about safe sex and be open about it. They would rather their children be protected then get pregnant because birth control wasn’t available to them. Teens need to make their own mistakes; it’s a crucial part of becoming an adult. They are finally learning that they can engage in sexual activity while avoiding pregnancy. Teenagers will continue to have sex, it’s a part of their nature; however, enhanced sexual education and obtainability of birth control will create a safe environment that limits the chance of teens becoming parents.