Sex Education And The Pregnancy Rates Essay

1376 Words Feb 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
“In 2013, a total of 273,105 babies were born to women aged 15-19 years, for a live birth rate of 26.5 per 1,000 women…”(Bartels, F.K.) This number could be decreased if teenagers were more informed about sex and the consequences of it. If teenagers were educated enough about sexual intercourse than it would decrease the chances of pregnancy and diseases.
For one thing, sex education classes would create a great impact on teen pregnancy if it was taught in every school around the country. Teaching students about abstinence and contraception plays a major part in the pregnancy rates. Although a mass of teens and adults believe that “...providing young people with a strong abstinence message is important…”(Sex Education) most teens today are having sexual intercourse with little to no knowledge about contraception and how to obtain it. Most parents believe “...their children should wait until they are married to engage in sexual activity.”(Sex Education) which can lead to teens not trusting their parents to obtain knowledge about the topic. This is why schools should provide sex education in classes like Health and Human Growth and Child Development. Teaching this topic in classes does not promote sex relations between teens, but informs them about diseases, pregnancy, and some even speak about rape and what can students do in case it happens to them. A lot of teen couples have intimacy, which for most, goes against their parents beliefs. Critics believe “...that…

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