Argumentative Essay Birth Controll Access

1034 Words Aug 28th, 2011 5 Pages
English 106

April 13, 2011

Birth Control Access to Teens

Not everyone is ready to be a mother. Even at almost 30 I can honestly say I am not sure I am ready. I have a steady job and good insurance so paying for my contraceptive comes easy. Not everyone is as lucky. I couldn’t image myself being a mother and being responsible for another life at the age of 15 or even younger. There are millions of girls out there who cannot afford the cost of birth control and do not have access to it. We cannot force them to abstain from sex but what we can do is make is easier for them to get a contraceptive and hopefully reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancies. Local pharmacies such as Walgreen’s, CVS and even the grocery
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Those in those areas have to rely on their health department to assist them.

The United States has the highest percentage of Teen Pregnancies at almost 84 teen pregnancies per one thousand teens. Compare that to Canada which is about 34 to each one thousand teens. Each year almost one million girls between the ages of 15 and 19 become pregnant. This number is slowly rising ever year. More than 40% of women in the US will become pregnant before the age of 20. For every eight teenage girls you see walking down the street, one of them either is pregnant or will become pregnant. Approximately 20% of all teenage pregnancies will result in abortion, about 15% give them up for adoption, 50% keep them and the other 15% have a miscarriage. Eighty percent of those who keep the child go on welfare and live in poverty. There are over one million children in the United States that live in foster care or with adoptive parents. The government spends over a trillion dollars each year on welfare, accounting for almost 60% of the federal budget. Teen pregnancy alone cost the government seven billion dollars a year. The numbers will continue to increase as more and more people are in need of government assistance.

There are many reasons for the increase in teen pregnancies. Some think it makes them popular even forming pregnancy pacts in some schools. Others are simply uneducated in the methods of prevention and many do it…

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