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Prevention of teen pregnancy

Prevention of Teen Pregnancy The 21st century has ushered in an array of new problems. On a global scale countries must concern themselves with challenges related to the environment and energy consumption. On a national level many regions suffer from significant unemployment and economic concerns. Still, on the community and family level a significant issue is that of teenage pregnancy. There is the recognition that teenage pregnancy poses a challenge to the young woman as they are generally not in a financial position to support the child. Subsequently the child suffers as they are potentially not afforded the family structure or opportunities other children are given. As King of the world I have consulted research and devised a means of stopping teenage pregnancy. In this way I will institute a comprehensive education plan, as well as make birth control available for secondary students. While it is easy to consider that making a single change will result in a stoppage of teenage pregnancy, in reality the challenge requires a much more comprehensive approach. In this way the most successful preventative measures have been long-term programs directed at teenagers (‘Preventing teenage pregnancy,’ 2002). The first step in stopping teenage pregnancy then will be to institute effective sex education programs from as early as middle school age. To some extent there will undoubtedly be political opposition to the implementation of these programs as individuals believe students should not be exposed to such information. Still, without proper education it is impossible to educate students to the dangers of teenage pregnancy. Ultimately, empirically supported educational programs must be implemented. In addition to education programs, stopping teenage pregnancy requires that teenagers be given access to birth control. In the past this measure has received significant political opposition for groups that believe abstinence is the best policy and that supplying birth control only encourages further sexual escapades. Still, increasingly the public has supported making birth control available. In these regards, 95% of the public now believes that taking birth control means one is taking responsibility to avoid pregnancy (‘Public opinion on contraception,’ 2012). The reality is that holding individuals – even teenagers – to vows of abstinence is simply not realistic. Furthermore, assuming that providing birth control will result in wanton behavior is naïve. Instead, as a society it’s necessary that we recognize teenagers are rational thinking beings capable of responsible actions. Ultimately, by providing birth control we will not be enabling teenage pregnancy, but allowing teenagers to take sensible preventative steps. In conclusion, this proposal has considered the most effect way to stop teenage pregnancy. As the King of the world I have decreed that in order to stop teenage pregnancy it’s necessary to first establish sexual education programs that inform students of the danger of pregnancy during their youth. The next step is to ensure that teenagers are given access to birth control. While some conservative groups may object to these measures, ultimately they are essential if we wish to end teenage pregnancy. ReferencesPublic opinion on contraception and unplanned pregnancy. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/publicopinion/ Preventing teenage pregnancy. (2002). Retrieved from http://www.policyalmanac.org/health/archive/hhs_teenage_pregnancy.shtml

Prevention of teen pregnancy