Birth Control in School

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Birth Control in School

Teenage pregnancy during the late 1990s has risen tremendously throughout the years. Many studies have found that the number one age groups of teenagers that become pregnant are between the ages of 15 and 16. This age group is entering a world of its own called high school filled with homework, parties, and last but not least sex.

In our modern society, safe sex has become a major concern in the United States. As early as elementary school, children are learning about the "birds and the bees". Today, sex is a subject of conversation everywhere and is considered a social topic. You can go just about anywhere and hear about sex, and the media is a very big one. However, despite information that is now available on safe sex 53 percent of young women are having, or have had, unprotected sex (Chudnofsky 54). That is a very big percentage of people having sex which greatly increases their risk of catching a sexually transmitted disease or even becoming pregnant.

An increase in reported sexually transmitted diseases among young teens has prompted many communities to take action to protect their youth. One proven method is to provide comprehensive sexuality education along with school based programs that make birth control and contraceptives available to sexually active youth. Numerous national health organizations have adopted policies in support of school birth control availability.

It is a very big problem these days. A teenager that gets pregnant has nothing to look forward to in their life. It can really ruin a young person's life. Some people say that having birth control or contraceptives in school will send the wrong message and encourage and enable teens to be more curious about sex. A lot of people say that is not true. Sexual activity...