A virtue that has dissipated in our society is abstinence. Our culture embraces loose morals and the results have been devastating. More and more teenagers are developing venereal diseases, such as AIDS, syphilis and gonorrhea, and are having unwanted children before they are married. Contrary to popular belief, condoms aren't a 100% guarantee of preventing pregnancy and disease, and therefore the rectitude of abstinence should be practiced.
According to Child Trends Data Bank (2001) the percentage of high school students who have ever had sexual intercourse dropped between 1990 and 2001 from fifty-four percent to forty-six percent. Forty-six percent of U.S. high school students are or have been sexually active. The data bank also
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Unplanned teen pregnancy means less support from father, financial instability, new demands and responsibilities that require many personal sacrifices. Teen mothers are required to place their life on hold to care for a baby. Parent-hood is a long-term responsibility. Teens must replace things such as school dances, movie dates, proms and social outing with night feedings, diaper changes, doctor appointments, and other parental responsibilities. According to child trends data bank in 2001 sexually active teens accounted for over one million pregnancies. Nineteen percent of sexually active teens aged fifteen to nineteen became pregnant. A sexually active teen that does not use contraceptives has a ninety percent chance of becoming pregnant within one year (Harlap, 1998). Teen pregnancy is a very real risk sexually active teens are faced with.
Aside from fear of pregnancy teens are faced with the possibility of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. According to The Alan Guttmacher Institute (1994) every year three million teens, about one in four sexually active teens, acquire a Sexually transmitted disease. What makes STDs so dangerous is that they are easily spread, together with the fact that it's often impossible to tell if someone has an STD just by looking at him or her. All STDs have one thing in common: they are spread via sexual contact,