What Can Schools Do to Prevent Teen Pregnancy?

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Risking The Future Introduction: To begin, societies have changed over the centuries. However, childbirth has not changed and children are still being born today the same way they have for several decades. One can remember a time when teenage pregnancy was a disgrace. When an adolescent girl became pregnant, she was either sent away until the baby was born or the baby was given up for adoption. Often times the baby was even raised as a sibling to its own mother. The other alternative for this situation was that the young man who fathered the child would marry the young pregnant mother. Teenage pregnancy has the highest rates in low income and minority area that confirms this statement, “the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the United States remains among poor young women of color” (Pike/Sonenstein et Al.). The purpose here is to raise awareness of teenage pregnancy factors such as low income, living in a single parent home, and early or unprotected sex. As a society we have developed strategies to implement and provide support for preventing teenage pregnancy, yet we still have an increasing rate. Narration: Sheila’s teen pregnancy was a result from her being a product of low-income housing and a single parent household. At the time of her pregnancy, Sheila was sixteen, lived with her mother and was about to bring forth a life without the presence of the father because he was incarcerated. Sheila and her mother were had unprotected sex which resulted in a teen pregnancy and the cycle continued with Sheila’s son when he reached the age of seventeen. Unfortunately her son had unprotected sex resulting in him contracting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) disease. Sheila was not provided the adequate sex education in pr... ... middle of paper ... ...sarticles/adolesfeature3.htm?&session-id=ffb5bfe20b24088b2b82add55e2ea755>. Sonenstein, Freya L., Kellie Stewart, Laura Duberstein, Marta Pernas, and Sean Williams. Involving Males in Preventing Teen Pregnancy: A Guide for Program Planners. Oakland, Calif.?: California Wellness Foundation, 1997. Print. "Teen Pregnancy Prevention." Teen Pregnancy Prevention. N.p., 01 Apr. 2014. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. . "Teen Pregnancy Prevention." Teenage Pregnancy Prevention. Office of Adolescent Health, n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. . "Teenage Pregnancy and Poverty." Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2014. .
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