When a teenage girl becomes pregnant, her world shatters knowing she might have to raise this child on her own. According to a statistic of teenage pregnancies, “only half of teenage girls who become pregnant before age eighteen graduate high school… less than two percent earn college degrees before age 30,” (Welsh). This statistic is due to the fact that most teen mothers are forced to raise the child alone or with minimum help from others. With minimum help, these teenage mothers have to sacrifice their adolescent youth in order to raise a child successfully. Teenage mothers are becoming more common than in years past as shown by, “250,000 babies were born to teen girls aged 15–19 years in 2014,” (CDC). Most of these young women admit that they were either embarrassed to buy condoms or birth control. Even if they were not embarrassed, most admitted they could not afford either. This leads to the unprotected sex that dramatically altered the course of their youth. With a health center placed on high school campuses, teenagers will be able to get a hold of some type of contraceptive, all while being discree...
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...school. Due to confidentiality laws in Virginia, neither the districts nor parents have say in whether or not these clinics can distribute contraceptives. This is why this School Based Healthcare Center has been so successful.
Schools in the United States need a School Based Healthcare System to reduce the risk of pregnancies and diseases in their students. They are meant to protect the health of their students and with an SBHC, they can do just so. Clear and concise statistics have proven thus far that a student healthcare center is best for all public high schools in preventing negative outcomes of sexual activities. Implementing a health care center is not a difficult task and funding can be made easy by different government or private foundations. SBHCs are a positive way to influence students to see doctors and prevent anything that would ruin their education.
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