Joy’s Stages of Life: May 2012: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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     The teen pregnancy rate is declining due to practicing abstinence.  Teens should vow to themselves to have no premarital sex at all.  When they’re in relationships, they should wait until marriage.  If this is not possible, they should use protection to prevent pregnancy.  Mostly, it’s better to wait for a long time than to start early.  If a teen didn’t want to have a baby, she would have an abortion or give the baby up for adoption to a suitable, loving family. 

     When I was in high school, I knew a few girls who were pregnant.  One had a miscarriage and others had children who were placed in a daycare center, a preschool class, or given up for adoption.  It was a shame for my friend to have a miscarriage, but at least she did not become a teen mother.  On the other hand, I was at a school party once and a male classmate whom I didn’t know very well pressured me to have sex with him in the bathroom just because everyone else was doing it anywhere. So, I had the guts to say no and walked away. When I was in middle school health class, I was educated about sex and made a pledge to practice abstinence until marriage, so I never broke that promise.  The consequences of parenthood are financial hardships and huge responsibilities.  For example, Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol faced the consequences when she got pregnant by Levi Johnston and had a son. 

     The subject of teen pregnancy is discussed in a couple of television shows, Glee and The Secret Life of the American Teenager and movies such as Juno, Riding in Cars With Boys, For Keeps, and How to Deal.  It’s also discussed in MTV shows such as Teen Mom and other reality shows which I do not watch. 

     Instead of sex, teens should keep themselves preoccupied with schoolwork, activities, hanging out with friends, making college and career plans, leading healthy lives, and avoid making the  same mistakes that other people made.  If they become parents, they would regret missing out on activities or having to drop out of school.  They cannot be swayed by peer pressure; they should take the right path.  It is wise to walk away from the bedroom or somewhere else.  They should think about what they want to do, say how they feel, follow their true feelings, pull away from their partners, leave the situation, and consider the consequences of teen sex.  Parents should understand why their children have to study sexual education, so they would make better decisions when it comes to sex.  It is extremely important to discuss about sex and how to prevent teen pregnancies.  Sometimes, it’s normal for teens to be curious about things like that, but they should not actually do that and control themselves before becoming sexually active.  Parents can tell teens, ‘Pay attention in sex ed! It’s extremely important! You’ll regret it if you don’t.’      

     Other consequences of premarital sex are depression, guilt, concerns, loneliness, low self-esteem, loss of self-respect, and STDs such as AIDS/HIV, HPV, herpes, Hepatitis B, gonorrhea, and syphilis.  Teens should use self-discipline, create boundaries without crossing the line, and speak up without offending their partners. Their partners should not pressure teens to do something that’s against their beliefs.  In the 21st century, it is a relief that the teen pregnancy rate is declining.  More teens are aware and make decisions wisely.  They should avoid the people who are bad influences to them.  Abstinence is the right choice until sometime in adulthood or marriage. 

 

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