Essay on Teen Pregnancy Rate Among Wealthy Nations

2271 Words Jun 2nd, 2016 10 Pages
The United States isn’t doing enough to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Jennifer Swims goes to school at 7:15 a.m. comes home at 2:35 p.m. but instead of starting homework like most seventeen years old, she comes home and cares for her child. Then at 4:00pm, she starts work at McDonald’s not leaving until 12:35 a.m. Upon returning home, she plays with her son until 1:30am. Swims is lucky enough that she receives support from her family which allows her to attend to school but not all teen mothers are so fortunate (Rinaldo). The daily life of a teenage mother is grueling and while the United States has made considerable strides in the past decade to reduce teen pregnancy rates, more can be done. The United States still has the highest teen pregnancy rate among wealthy nations. While this could be contributed to several causes such as an over-sexualized culture, most experts agree it is mainly due to a lack comprehensive sex education and a lack of access to contraception. Some states have made further progress than other states in reducing teen pregnancy rates. The first step in preventing teen pregnancy is comprehensive sex education within schools. There are currently no national standards for teaching sexual education so it is up to the states to decide what should be taught. Abstinence-only education has been linked to higher pregnancy rates. Furthermore, states that have less restrictive birth control laws have lower rates of teen pregnancy. States that allow for confidential…

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