A report suggested that at Timken High School in Ohio,out of 490 females,65 girl students were pregnant. In order to bring city school district’s health curriculum in line with national standards the new Canton school board program will teach students who decide to have sex how to do so responsibly. The Rev. David Morgan served on a committee that developed the lesson plans. He is of the view that the new curriculum will move beyond ‘just say no’ approach. However, the Ohio Department of Education doesn’t require schools to provide sex education, particularly when it comes to using contraceptives. The state curriculum calls for venereal disease education, which often is taught along with nutrition and the effects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
A recent research blames Rap Stars for teen pregnancy. According to some psychologists, the rap music has made a very bad impact on the minds of young boys and girls towards sex. By laying particular emphasis on it and demeaning depictions of women, instigating the youth to early sexual behavior thus leading to the spread of various veneral diseases and underage pregnancies.
A conversation with 300 pregnant teenagers suggested that 42 % among those are scared of not being able to get pregnant. Dr. Emily White, from Women and Infants’ Hospital in Providence, said ‘many programs aimed at decreasing rates of teenage pregnancy are built on the assumption that teenagers wish to avoid pregnancy. More studies are needed to further address where this fear comes from, the extent of it, and how it influences choices adolescents make. If a teenager fears that she cannot conceive she may be inclined not to use contraception to test her fertility.’ However, the obvious reasons pointed out by White were that maybe the teens were having unprotected sex without getting pregnant or having a family member who had struggled with infertility.
A startling revelation shows that more than 100 teenage girls a month in Britain have an abortion for a second time. Not only this, some girls are on their way to terminate their third pregnancy before they reach the age of 18. Figuratively: 1. 2005, more than 1000 girls under the age of 18 had a second abortion while 90 were on their third where as among the over 30s, 482 women had their fifth abortion 2. among 18 to 24 year old girls in England and Wales, more than 16,000 had a second abortion while 3,060 were on their third 3. according to last year’s estimate, under the age of 30, some 20 women underwent eight or more abortions 4. 14 women had had their sixth abortion before the age of 25, and that at least one was under 18 Present state of affairs: The authorities are looking forward to halve teen pregnancies by 2010 but critics are of the view that rates are not slowing satisfactorily to overcome the problem. Simon Blake, the chief executive of the charity Brook, which offers free sex advice to the young, asserted that ‘the small number of young women who need to have two or three abortions before they reach the age of 18 have clearly been failed by our education and health systems.’ Michaela Aston, a counselor and representative for the anti-abortion charity Life, said that it is ‘a failure of the sex education strategy that has been forced on girls of this age for more than 10 years.’ How to curb this menace: Government family planning clinics and pharmacist are always ready to dish out pills and condoms. I think the problem could be restricted by curtailing the benefits given to teens and this also includes ‘an autonomous or free house’. The sex education in schools must also focus on mutual respect and the importance of a stable relationship. And it must also talk about the lasting damage that can be done both physically, emotionally and spiritually to someone who indulges in casual and promiscuous sex.
Teen pregnancy is a growing fad among girls in Devon, they are of the view that babies are cute so go in for pregnancy and overlooking the other side of being a mom. In going with vogue, they actually put their childhood at stake. A pregnant 14-year-old, Kizzy Neal, says that it is fashionable to be pregnant and so taking ‘inspiration’ from her, some four girls of the same class too have fallen pregnant since Christmas. Family campaigners are of the view that the Government’s sex education policy had left teens with the ‘ridiculous but extremely worrying’ misconception that having a child was no different to getting a new handbag. Her father Kevin, 43, blamed the rise in underage pregnancies on growing ‘gang culture’ where teenagers hang around drinking, taking drugs and having sex. His wife, Kerry, 41, said, No-one was to blame for her getting pregnant apart from herself. She was defiant. There’s nothing for children to do in Paignton. I honestly think they get bored and think it’s a fashionable thing to get pregnant. Personally, I feel this whole fad thing is outrageous. It seems as if the culture is seeing baby as a fashion accessory. What is the difference between these teens and animals? Both live for, sex and food.
The rate of teen pregnancy is skyrocketing in UK hence, the BBC have come up with an innovative idea to curb the mounting problem. They have started a series called The Baby Borrowers. The show hovers around five teens who undergo an experience of adult life- just to let them know, what is it, being an adult. The ‘couples’, 16 and 19 years of age, who are dying for freedom, would be given their ‘own’ homes and would experience the ‘thrill’ of adulthood, what’ll include, attending ante-natal classes etc. Later, these young people would be entrusted with babies. Yes, you read it right, babies! Some women would hand over their toddlers to producers of the series. I know its bit strange but the show sounds quite interesting. Toddlers would replace babies after three days, who are then replaced with pre-teens and then young teens. The young ‘couple’ would experience 40 years over four weeks. The effort is made to discourage teens from going in for early adulthood also, it might make them take safe sex more seriously.