United States has the Highest Rate of Teenage Pregnancies Essay

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We are number one in the world for teenage pregnancy, about 500,000 births per year from girls under twenty. Second in the statistic is Poland, who only has about 30,000 teenage births in a year. When the topic of sex arises, people become uncomfortable because it is a subject that is thought of as personal and secretive. However, people aren’t only uncomfortable with the subject because of it being taboo, people try to avoid the subject because they aren’t always informed correctly about it and don’t have a way to learn about it, excluding the internet which doesn’t always have accurate material, and lack general knowledge of sex. Education about sex and its surrounding topics such as STI’s and prevention should be medically accurate, …show more content…
We are number one in the world for teenage pregnancy, about 500,000 births per year from girls under twenty. Second in the statistic is Poland, who only has about 30,000 teenage births in a year. When the topic of sex arises, people become uncomfortable because it is a subject that is thought of as personal and secretive. However, people aren’t only uncomfortable with the subject because of it being taboo, people try to avoid the subject because they aren’t always informed correctly about it and don’t have a way to learn about it, excluding the internet which doesn’t always have accurate material, and lack general knowledge of sex. Education about sex and its surrounding topics such as STI’s and prevention should be medically accurate, determined by a panel of well-educated doctors specializing in the subject, and be taught and readily available to adolescents. Lack of sexual education in schools is leading to less knowledgeable adolescents because of inaccurate information being publically distributed, abstinence-only programs leave out crucial information needed by all adolescents, and even when taught in schools accurately, teenagers can still get looked down upon for possessing the awareness of the taboo subject. Medically accurate information is not always given to adolescents in the schools that do teach sexual education. Nineteen of the fifty states in the US require medically accurate information to be supplied to these classes, and even some of the medically