This condom is happy because he stopped a teenage pregnancy!
We’ve all been there, we’ve all sat in that wooden desk and listened to our health instructors lecture about that forbidden subject. Sexual intercourse. I personally remember leaving that course with one thought in my mind, “Don’t have sex.” In today’s society, 85% of schools must teach that abstinence is the only true way to prevent pregnancy and STDs, and 35% of the schools are not allowed to talk about any kind of contraceptives unless it is addressing their flaw rates. This is because our government believes that the most sufficient and effective way to prevent pregnancies and STDs in teenagers is to teach students that abstinence is the only way. However these methods of “Abstinence Only” have been proved less affective then sex ed programs that have a well round education that promotes abstinence, but also teaches students about contraceptives and how to use them properly.
Despite all of the federal support, these “Abstinence Only” programs have been deemed very ineffective and more risky then plans that discuss contraceptives. Regardless to the statistics, president Bush proposed in 2004 that congress should increase the funding for “Abstinence only” programs by $33 million. That would put the funding for “Abstinence only” programs at $135 million.
In todays society it is very important for teens to know about contraceptives and how they work. These educational programs that deny students important information about alternative ways that they can prevent pregnancies and STDs is nothing but a recipe for disaster. They deserve to know the truth about their bodies and how they can protect them. It is ridiculous to believe that teens will remain abstinent just because they are told to do so. Statistics show that teens that come from an “Abstinence Only” program are less likely to use contraceptives when they become sexually active because they were deprived of information about them.
A happy couple.
It is time that our society wakes up and realizes that teens may still be sexually active whether we tell them it is bad or not. We need to help them understand the different ways they can protect themselves from pregnancy and STDs. Of course sex shouldn’t be promoted, the sex ed programs should touch on all areas including contraceptives for the most affective results.