According to NCLS.org thirty percent of teen girls who dropout of high school state teen pregnancy as the main reason for their departure from the school. Only forty percent of teen mothers finish high school and two percent graduate from college. These numbers are very low but there are some options that could be implemented to further the success of the teen moms, the first would be to allow teens access to birth control without parental consent, at the moment this is allowed but some lawmakers want to take the option away, another option is for high schools to provide daycare for the teens who do have children. Many people worry that if these options were readily available to teens it would make them more likely to become sexually active research however, proves against it. Finally, one of the best contraceptive methods is education. If students in middle school and high school were given proper sex education the pregnancies might decrease. Teaching abstinence only, does not prevent pregnancies and may actually increase them as many teens don’t know how to protect themselves properly.
Allowing teens to get birth control without their parent’s knowledge and consent is a very controversial topic. Many feel if teens were allowed access to contraceptive methods it would encourage them to be more sexually active. Research does not support this. For some knowing they are less likely to get pregnant, STDs and STIs may allow them to participate in sexual activities more often but for most it does not. However, the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases outweigh the slight risk of some teenagers becoming more sexually active.
Daycare provided by the high school could be an expensive program to maintain, but it could also keep many young mothers in school. As I stated many of the mothers dropout of high school, this typically causes poverty which is hard to escape and their children are more likely to dropout of high school, than those of children whose parents had them later in life. If high schools provided this service the mothers would be more likely to stay in school providing a better chance of success for themselves and their child. Many feel that the public school daycare system would only reward teen parents for their irresponsible choice. However, the teen would still maintain their parental duties before and after educational hours. Personally, I think this would be a great method to help teens get their education if it is possible to maintain the funds.
Finally, sex education is the best contraceptive method. Teaching middle and high schoolers the potential outcomes of having sex can prevent teen pregnancies and STDs. Overall, sex education teaches the best way to maintain ones sexual health and teaches individuals how to decide what is best for them.
Personally, I feel that allowing teens access to contraceptive methods, daycare in schools, and proper sex education is the best way to help prevent unintentional pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Finding ways to financially support these methods is the biggest problem. My questions for you guys are how do you feel a proper sex education would change the pregnancy rates in teens? Do you think that daycare options are a good one, or what else would you suggest? Finally, should teens have to ask their parents to obtain birth control, condoms, etc.