Persuasive Essay On Teen Pregnancy

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While high school is a time for growth, maturity, development and planning for their futures, a percentage of teen girls will sadly have their dreams shattered by the abrupt beginning of adulthood that the majority is not prepared for. The United States has a growing epidemic of teen pregnancy on its hands leading to an influx of further societal issues as they become adults. Could having a mandatory parenting class in high school help lower the growing epidemic in teen pregnancies? Decisions made during the last four years of a teenager’s life prior to graduating are by far some of the most important and influential in determining their success as adults. Planning for college is an excellent example of being on the right path towards this…show more content…
(“10 Things I’ve Learned Being a Teen Mom.”) Ironically, cast members of those shows have said they wish they had waited, not become teen parents, and finished school. Without guidance from a supportive family, proper education and an excellent grasp on what being an uneducated teen parent is really like, many will make a mistake that lasts a lifetime. Having a child is a huge decision for adults with a career, financial resources, parenting skills, and life experience play a huge part their decisions, but impressionable girls at child-bearing ages may make these decisions without being informed on the impact of their lives. The likelihood of an absentee father, financial challenges, emotional stress also impact on their futures. While there is typically one general class taught in middle school regarding sex education, it’s not enough. This issue can be dealt with by implementing a mandatory parenting class or series of sex…show more content…
If young adults were more educated about the possibilities of contracting infections and giving birth to an unhealthy baby, it would change lives. Close to three million teens contract a sexually transmitted disease or infection every year due to having unprotected sex. (“Teen Pregnancy Prevention.”) Having a transmitted disease can lead to giving birth to an HIV/AIDS positive child. Being a parent is a difficult experience for young girls and boys to go through, especially without the proper education and family support. With the knowledge they could learn about conceiving a child, taking care of it, and how it would affect them; teen pregnancies would drop in
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