Teenage Pregnancy and Prevention

1326 Words6 Pages
The public sector cost in 2004 is $950 million dollars for teenage births (Hoffman, 2006). Billions of taxpayer dollars are spent every year to care and support teenage births. Although teen pregnancy has declined in the past, the United States is still number one out of all industrialized countries of teen pregnancies. Therefore, implementing an in depth sex education class covering parenting in schools will allow teens to fully understand he consequences of having protected or unprotected sex. All children deserve love and care from their parents.
The United States has a higher rate of teen pregnancy than other countries because one is not open to talk about sex with a child once puberty emerges. The Telegraph (2007) reads that the Dutch is more open with children about sex, however, some of the approaches that are taken, some would call extreme and parents as well as educators would not agree with it in the United States. To list a few of their shocking demonstrations: condom demonstrations, trips to sex shops and videos on masturbation. The Dutch say the demonstrations were a small part of their agenda, they tend to stress more towards morals and emotional implications of sex (Donnelly, 2007). The Dutch talk about reasons for having sex; what if the boy refuses to wear a condom; how to manage self-respect. “Dutch campaigners say Britain's schools tick the box for sex education by providing biology lessons and free condoms, without arming teenage girls with the confidence to say no to unwanted advances, or to care for their sexual health” (Donnelly, 2007)(para6). Parents and educators in the United States do not feel comfortable talking to children about sex as it is today or they are against the subject, fearing children are...

... middle of paper ...

...ncy. Retrieved from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/teenagepregnancy.html
NCSL. (2013) Teen pregnancy prevention. Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/research/health/teen-pregnancy-prevention.aspx
Planned Parenthood, (n.d.) Implementing sex education. Retrieved from http://www.plannedparenthood.org/resources/implementing-sex-education-23516.htm#Accurate
PORT, D. (2013). THE EARLY PUBERTY PHENOMENON. Parenting School Years, 27(3), 90.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. (2004). Appendix 1: Total costs to taxpayers associated with teen childbearing (in millions 2004 $). Retrieved from http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/costs/pdf/report/8-BTN_Appendices.pdf
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. (2010) Teen pregnancy and education. Retrieved from http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/why-it-matters/pdf/education.pdf
Open Document