Pregnant Girls

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Pregnant Girls

Nowadays, teenagers' premarital pregnancy is becoming a widely concerned problem throughout the world. According to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, there are 4 in 10 girls become pregnant before the age of 20-over 900,000 teen pregnancies in the US annually-and about 40 percent of mothers are under 18 years old. This is a significant number to show that teen pregnancy has become an epidemic, and we need to pay more attention to it. There are three causes leading to teen pregnancy, namely education, peer pressure and family.

First, schools don't have enough sex education for students. Teenagers in their adolescence are eager to learn about sex, but teachers often ignore it. Therefore, students search those information themselves through the Internet, movies and magazines. There are so much obscene information from videos, comics and pornographies. They stimulate teenagers' sexual desires without mentioning the idea of safe sex.

Schools should promote sex education, and teach students how to have safe intercourse obviously, as well as educate them the result of premarital pregnancy. Most of the schools provide sex education to students starting from high school. However, according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, there are only 4 out of 10 mothers under the age of 18 finish high school. It shows that teenagers are curious about sex much earlier, so sex education should be provided in middle school.

Second, some teenagers have premarital sex because of peer pressure. If most of their friends try it before, they will also try it and show off to their peers. Most of their information about sex come form peers, and most of them are inaccurate. They seem to neglect the connection between sex and pregnancy. Sometimes when their lovers ask for sex, they don't know how to...