The cost means the amount paid, charged or engaged to be paid for anything bought or taken in barter. “There are roughly 400,000 teen births every year in the United States, with about $9 billion in associated public costs. ” (Krieger, Kim. “Teen Pregnancy Prevention Focusing on Evidence. ” Nations Health. Par 201 0: 1. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 08 Deck 2011 Teen pregnancy is costly to everyone in the US due to lack of medical insurance, financial stability and responsibility of a young teen parent.
Most teen mothers are on Medicaid to pay for the pregnancy, food stamps and either housing assistance or living with parents who are then financially responsible. Pregnancy and raising a baby in general is expensive but to an unprepared teen without a job this is quite a bit more difficult to the teen and everyone else responsible for caring for the young parent. If the mother chooses to not to have the baby and chooses to abort or give up for adoption instead it becomes both mentally and physically costly.
All of the costs associated with teen pregnancy could be prevented by taking extra precautions and using contraceptives. The second reason is health. This can be exhibited by the overall condition of a person at any given time. Teen moms are unlikely to tell people of the unplanned pregnancy and more likely to try to hide it for as long as possible. Some will wear loose or baggy clothing to hide the belly bump while others choose to wear girdles to hold it in. By using a girdle or anything overly tight on the belly it restricts the baby’s growth and can become unhealthy for both mom and baby.
Normally teens will not seek medical attention in attempt to keep the secret from their parents which holds many risks for both parties. The baby could be unhealthy or the mom could have many unknown conditions associated with pregnancy. Not only is this medically unhealthy but the stress can also be harmful as well. Using contraceptives can be healthy in many ways. Not only will it provide a preventative for pregnancy but some forms like condoms can also prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Overall the healthy option issuing contraceptives to prevent 3 teen pregnancy.
The third reason is choice. Choice is defined as a person’s ability to choose their own circumstances, life and role in It. Using intransitives a young teen can choose when he or she is ready to have a child and prevent that from happening prematurely. Often a teenage pregnancy takes away the ability to choose. Some must drop out of school to get a job to support the new baby instead of their original choice to graduate. College goals also get put aside when providing for the child in the present becomes higher on the responsibility list then planning for the future.
Preventing pregnancy by using contraceptives will allow both female and male teens to continue to make their own choices. For these reasons intransitives are the best method to prevent teenage pregnancy on the pro side. The con side believes contraceptives are not the best way to prevent teen pregnancy because of cost, health, and choice. The first reason is cost. This being described as the amount paid, charged or engaged to be paid for anything bought or taken in barter.
Not only are contraceptives expensive to teens but usually they try to hide using them from their parents. The emotional toll can be costly from hiding, trying to afford contraceptives and having intercourse at a young age with no one to go to for support. Georgians Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAP) shows that generally early pregnancies happen to poor and otherwise disadvantaged Fond, Jane. “To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Teach Girls They Have a Future. ” Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 4 Deck 2014) This being said contraceptives are most likely not an option for these vulnerable people. Instead of choosing to educate teens on using contraceptives it would be far more useful to encourage abstinence and educate them on the high costs of having sex and unplanned teen pregnancy. The second reason is health. Health is the physical and emotional state of a human being at any given time. Often enough abused people are the ones ending up pregnant in their teenage years. Abused teens try to find self- worth and love of another by having sex.
Either they have no self-esteem, repeat the patterns of sexual abuse by letting others use them or turn to the opposite gender for comfort and parenting allowing depositing gender to pressure sexual activities. By teaching these abused teens there is more to them then sexuality and encouraging them to take comfort in words from friends rather than sex we can prevent pregnancy without any need for contraceptives. “We must give these girls and boys hope that they have a future. (Fond, Jane. To Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Teach Girls They Have a Future. ” Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 4 Deck 2010). Emotionally healing teens by support programs will encourage physical health and abstinence. The third reason is choice. Choice can be defined as a persons’ ability to choose their own circumstances, life and role in it. Using contraceptives or being abstinent is a choice but by using birth control teens are not 100% safe. Not only do most not prevent against sexually transmitted diseases but there is always a chance of pregnancy with any contraception. Choosing not to get pregnant but still having intercourse a teen may still end up pregnant.
This outcome will take away the teens ability to choose. By choosing abstinence until marriage teens can continue school, go to college, and choose their own profession and lifestyle before bringing a baby into the picture. Most teens moms are single because teenaged boys are not ready for the responsibility of parenting and most were not outcomes of a serious relationship. The young moms usually do not choose to be single, undergraduates with a child but by having sex and becoming a parent before becoming an adult they have no choice.
For these reasons abstinence is the best method over contraceptives to prevent teen pregnancy on the con side of the debate. After carefully viewing each side of the argument I believe contraceptives are not the best way for preventing teen pregnancy because of cost, health and choice. The first reason is cost. Cost can be defined as an amount paid or required in payment for a purchase; a price. Every year millions of US dollars re spent on Sexual Education classes. There are often two separate classes; one for abstinence only and one for sexual education.
Studies have shown just one of these to not be as effective. “Those students who were given a safe-sex curriculum that stressed contraception and epidemiologically transmitted disease, without an abstinence message, were significantly more likely than the abstinence- only students to be sexually active two years later. More than half of those in the safe-sex group, 52%, became sexually active in that time period–ghastly more than the 47% in the control group, who received neither a safe sex nor an abstinence message but only general health information.
Some 42% of the students in the comprehensive program who received instruction on contraception and encouragement to delay sex–became sexually active within two years. ( Achieve, Linda. Abstinence Education Works After All. ” Human Events. 15 Feb. 2010). With this being said I believe taking the abstinence side but adding the knowledge of precautions would be more effective and less costly then battling with two separate courses. Most parents would rather their child practice abstinence UT the truth is not every teen will so we need to make sure they know how to prevent pregnancy in the event they do not wait.
Making all viewpoints known will aid in preventing teen pregnancy which will in turn decrease costs in the US substantially. The second reason is health. Health is the physical and emotional state of a human being at any given period. The emotional health of a young teen girl can be severely altered after having intercourse. “In one study by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 90% of teens said that they believed it was important to encourage abstinence, and of sexually active teens said that they wished they had not had sex. Achieve, Linda. ‘Abstinence Education Works After All. Human Events. 15 Feb. 2010). Once having sex for the first time many girls become depressed and when a pregnancy does occur the stress on top of the depression is too much for a young teen to endure. With using contraception the health of the teen is still at risk of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy while practicing abstinence is 100% effective in protecting against these. The third reason is choice. Choice is the ability’ to choose your own taxation, life and role in it.
Abstinence allows teens to make their own choices unlike just using contraception. It is important for teens to layout their own life plans and goals but when a teen gets pregnant she is no longer to carry out all of her previous plans as wished. Encouraging teens to take a look at the past, present and future could encourage them tabbing from sex. Past would be their life before the moment they have to decide in engaging in sexual activities or not. How open they are to choose for themselves, to enjoy being a kid free of responsibilities.
Present meaning who they are with at that point in time. Is that person trusting, safe and ready to be an adult? Future would be the what-ifs. What if get pregnant or get a sexually transmitted disease. Am ready for that? By encouraging teens to make their own responsible choices but still to abstain from having sex we can provide them a better future with abstinence and surety. For these reasons I believe abstinence is a better prevention for teenage 6 pregnancy than contraception. Many studies have been conducted to provide accurate information supporting both arguments.