If teens choose abstinence anyway, there’s still absolutely no reason for them to not know methods of birth control and STD prevention, right? Some may say no, but the safety hazards, things that teens know even if they choose abstinence, and proven facts for both sides will change their views on the issue. First up, safety hazards. Some would argue that there really aren’t safety hazards, if teens are taught to abstain, they will also be taught that
Government. The authors, Kathrin F. Stanger-Hall and David W. Hall, of “Abstinence-Only Education and Teen Pregnancy Rates: Why We Need Comprehensive Sex Education in the U.S.” discuss how sex education is demonstrated throughout the U.S. and how the government may be a contributor to these alarming rates (2011). They state, “some argue that sex education that covers safe sexual practices, such as condom use, sends a mixed message to students and promotes sexual activity” in describing the U.S. Government’s standpoint on sex education (Stanger-Hall & Hall, 2011, p. 1). They strictly believe that abstinence-only education throughout schools is the answer. Abstinence is restraining one’s self from all forms of sexual activity and choosing to not participate in any sexual acts.
A federally funded investigation in 2007 showed that in abstinence-only education programs, students were no more likely than those not in the programs to “delay sexual initiation, to have fewer sexual partners, or to abstain entirely from sex”. Many other studies have had the same
Abstinence-only programs are a form of sexual education that encourages and teaches not having sex outside of marriage. There has been a great deal of debate over if abstinence programs work amongst children and adolescents. Each of my three articles examined a different abstinence-only program that was administrated to children and adolescents. Through the L.I Teen Freedom program, the adolescents increased in indicators such as pro-abstinence attitudes, self efficacy to remain abstinent and interventions and behaviors to practice abstinence (Rue et al., 2012). Through the program, Family Action Model for Empowerment the participants decreased in the risky sexual behavior (Abel et al., 2008).
Parents worry that if little Jimmy hears about sex during his class, by dinner that night he will have done it; however, the argument that children are better off with abstinence-only sex education has no supporting statistics. The opposite is true, districts with abstinence-only sex ed have higher teeny pregnancy rates and have not affected teens choice on having sex. Teens that were taught the abstinence-only method were polled, and of those who took a pledge of abstinence, less than half kept it, (NPR.) A high percentage ended up pregnant or otherwise ailed because of lack of
When examining the use of the birth control from this perspective, it is necessary to look at both the manifest and latent functions of birth control in American society. The manifest function, or intended effect (Henslin, 2014, p. 25), of contraception is to prevent pregnancy resulting from sexual intercourse. However, birth control also has latent functions, or effects that were not intended (Henslin, 2014, p. 25). Because pregnancies can be postponed or prevented through the use of contraception, latent functions of birth control include giving women the agency to choose when they will have children as well as how many they have.
Birth control means This includes abortion or many other hormonal contraceptive methods. Many countries are now starting encourage this new policies in order to decrease the rate of population growth, which is affecting our Environment and society to a great extent. The main pros of enforcing a Birth control policy (according to the WHO) are: “Reducing infant mortality, Helping to prevent HIV/AIDS, Reducing adolescent pregnancies and Slowing population growth”. However, there are still some debates regarding how this practice comes against religious and ethical principles. Birth control policies vary from different areas of the world.
The age group that is most likely to become pregnant from not using any type of contraceptive method are those ages fifteen to eighteen. About eighteen percent of sexually active teens in this age group are not using any type of birth control (“Contraceptive Use in the United States.”). The biggest contributors to this are their lack of knowledge and the difficulty that comes with obtaining many forms of birth
In Mosher’s study, women were open about their experiences with birth control. Brodie talks about birth control methods that consisted of coitus interrupts, douching and rhythm. Which was very interesting, because the term “rhythm” has appeared in class sessions. Also, douching was the most common contraceptive method. Most couples relied on a combination of methods as a way to prevent pregnancy.
B. While both methods seek to reduce teenage pregnancy, STDs, and other consequences of sexual activity, the ways both go about it are vastly different. 1. Comprehensive sexual education is the education plan that teaches topics such as, but are not limited to: human sexuality, puberty, reproductive anatomy, and sexual health. 2. Abstinence-only education, on the other hand, is the sex education method that teaches teens sex should be refrained from until marriage.
Using their views on the accessibility of birth control, Planned Parenthood has been educating teens in schools about being sexually active and the different Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) that students could put themselves at risk for (Who We Are, 2014). Teaching kids about sex in school as a mandatory course has some mixed reviews. Some parents think that is not ethical to bring intercourse to the thoughts of their children when they should be learning more from their core curriculums. On the other hand, teenagers are known to have sex regardless if it is to their parents knowledge or not and the parents find it okay to enlighten the child about this type of
Teenage pregnancy is a social problem with biological and physical consequences. Sexual education is now part of the learning area ‘Life Skills” in schools, but teenagers still fall pregnant because they are not open and lack transparency when discussing sexual matters. Teenage pregnancy has always been a medical problem no matter how many young girls are educated about sexual intercourse, condoms, contraceptives and HIV/AIDS. 1.2 Problem Statement
It is also important that we provide accurate and proven sexual classes to our students. More than 80% of Americans believe that a form of sexual education should be taught in schools.5 The majority of these people believe that this education should be focused on various forms of birth control. Currently the federal government provides funds for these evidence-based types of education through the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative and the Personal Responsibility Education Program. I will support programs that seek to expand funding for programs that teach a variety of birth control methods
However, the perception of being too young and too innocent does not prevent students in grade 9 and grade 10 from having sex. This can lead to teenage pregnancies and or STIs. A situation like this would send the chills down a parent. Simply allowing students to get the education they need can help prevent such an unfortunate future. Furthermore, culture and religion plays a major part in why parents do not support the new sex Ed curriculum.
Restatement of the thesis statement: Providing sex education in schools is essential and will be significant in reducing teen reproductive indicators such as pregnancy, abortion, and HIV rates because the knowledge that is imparted shall enhance awareness and responsibility among the adolescents 3. Closing remark: It is vital to implement sex education programs that will encourage responsible sexual behavior and enhance reproductive health among