Preventing Teen Pregnancy

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Big idea: Preventing teen pregnancy Recently, there has been a great deal of controversy about abstinence education in schools. Proponents of this type of sex education insist that it is the only way to reduce the teen pregnancy rate and that including information about birth control will 'confuse' the pro-abstinence message. As a teen, I beg to differ with this simplistic characterization of how teens make decisions. First and foremost, although I have many friends who did make the decision to have sex before marriage, none of them, so far as I know, decided to do so "because my sex education class told me it was okay." Teens make the decision to become sexually active because of complex social and psychological reasons. Schools can try to educate teens about the risks of engaging in sexual activity so teens can make more informed decisions, but schools should not use scare tactics nor should they deliberately withhold valuable information from teens that can make teens' decisions safer. Despite the fact that some teens believe they know everything about birth control, there is still a great deal of misinformation in the media, including the idea that you can't get pregnant if you have your period or if it is your first time having sex. Sex education in schools can have a powerful role in ensuring teens have the correct information. Talking honestly about the risks of unprotected sex, like pregnancy and STDs, and the emotional consequences of being pressured into
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