TeenagePregnancy - 1 Rishil Patel ENG 102 Writing II...

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Rishil Patel ENG 102 – Writing II Being women, becoming a mother make us change the perspective of how we look at them just in a second. However, this picture becomes problematic when it is a question of teenage pregnancy. Teenage pregnancy is not only affecting the lives of the teenage mothers, but also the father of that child, on one hand, and the people who are connected to them on the other. According to the statistics, in 1960, there were many restrictions toward having a baby without getting married. For that reason, the rates of such occurrences were only 15%. Since then the rates of having babies without getting married have increased to 80% of teen pregnancy and 75% of teen births unmarried (Popenoe, Teenage Pregnancy Dilemma Par5 ). As a result, welfare cost went up, health problems were on the rise, and many teenagers were growing up in impoverished conditions. There have been many laws passed to deter crimes and acts that could be the cause for a decline of a society. Then why not an act to reduce teenage pregnancy? Family Life Education Act should be passed to reduce unwanted pregnancy. As we look at the numbers of teen pregnancy, it will confound us. Research shows that in 1970, 35% of girls and 55% of boys had sex at the age of eighteen and from that only 23% actually used contraception. Furthermore, in 1930, women did not have any access to any contraception. In turn, they were led to devise their own ways. For example, one of them used olive oil, vinegar, and tobacco juice (Standefer, par4). Around 70% of girls were afraid to buy birth controls (Wikipedia Encyclopeida.par, 10). So what does this say about the role that our media and society plays in such a crisis? If teenagers use condoms incorrectly or forget to take oral contraceptive, what can be done to prevent such accidents? One thing that could be done to 1
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tackle such a dilemma is through sex education. Sex education will bring sexual awareness among the teenagers. Many women do not continue with using contraceptive, which causes pregnancy. They do not keep track of the times they use contraception. The use of more then one contraceptive decreases the risk of unplanned pregnancy. In addition, if you are using condoms then you are reducing the chances to have sexual transmitted diseases (STDs). Expert testimonies suggest that girls and guys should know about contraception. A survey was conducted in the magazine called Seventeen, which showed that around 76% of girls and 58% of boys are pressured to have sex just to satisfy their partners (Seventeen Magazine Teenage being sexually active, Par4). The media says that 57% sexual content is shown in movies, 57% in television, and 44% in music. These are indeed different ways, which influences teenagers to have sex. However, one could object that why are parents letting their children watch movies that are inappropriate for their age? Pittman, an expert who conducted a survey on how teenagers aren’t given enough education on sexual intercourse and the methods. He said
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This note was uploaded on 02/09/2009 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Pricellalitorja during the Spring '08 term at N.E. Illinois.

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