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