“Teenagers rarely think about the responsibilities that come with indulging in sexual relations but only see it through the prism of the satisfaction of their body needs. The responsibility is threefold: using contraception, raising the child or experiencing the burden and the consequences of abortion. What I wish was that the issue of teen pregnancy was approached more seriously, having in mind its grave consequences. It is beyond any rational thinking that the media tries to present it as a way of life to be pursued by teens. Who would have thought that Teen Mom would go on to have so many seasons? It aggravates me to think about all the money that went into making this show instead of into something that would actually benefit society, in this particular case, sex education and promotion of birth control.”
Some days ago, a website Insider Monkey has published an article on 10 states with the highest teenage pregnancy rates in America. The article reflects the author’s personal stance on the issue, while also providing some factual data regarding the topic. While the teenage pregnancy rate in the United States has significantly decreased in the past half of the century, it nevertheless still presents itself as a serious issue. This is evident in the fact that the United States has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the world. It is not only the cultural norms dictated by the society that have an impact on teenage pregnancy rate, but also education programs implemented in schools. To estimate which states have the highest teenage pregnancy rates in America, the statistical data concerning teenage pregnancy rates provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy were used. Furthermore, the article provides an overview of the education programs with regards to sexual reproductive health and which are adopted by the respective states. To satisfy your curiosity, check out the article on 10 states with the highest teenage pregnancy rates in America and let me know what you think.