Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:58:30 PM
Contraception has always been a controversial topic in America due to contradicting views on the life of a fetus. Many people believe that contraception leads to immorality and participation in activities that are inappropriate for certain age groups. The other side believes that contraception is a necessary safeguard for people who would do such things anyway. No matter the case, many states now offer funding for people who can’t afford their own contraception, most notably the birth control pill, which ultimately has led to a decrease in the number of teen pregnancies.
As society has strayed from its Puritanical origins, more people live a much more pleasure oriented lifestyle than before, including the teenage population. Sexual activity is much more common, and has moved from its position as a taboo topic to one that requires discussion. With this prevalence in teen life, there is always the risk of pregnancy. Governments have acknowledged this fact and have taken action to help the situation. To remedy the problem, many states, including California fund programs like Planned Parenthood which provide contraception at reduced prices, often at no cost, to people who can’t afford their own birth control.
I do not believe that in increase in abstinence has played any part in the decline, or any other sort of moral prevention. Through history can be seen the gradual decline in religion and thus the decline in abstinence. Sex itself has changed from something reserved for the spouse to often being just casual. As sex has changed more and more contraception has become readily available, and so there has been an overall decline in teen pregnancy.