Many pregnant teens are not only unprepared to be mothers, but are not ready to financially support their child. Without these Comprehensive Sex Education programs to help prevent these early childhood pregnancies the government will have to help pay for the child. Unplanned pregnancies in teens are more than likely associated with low income resulting in 80% of them relying on welfare. Each year taxpayers contribute around $7 billion to public assistance, child health care, foster care, and involvement with the criminal justice system due to teen pregnancy. Medicare will cover the gynecologist visits and the health care necessary for the young child. Also Medicare covers STD testing. If the government were to help the funding of these Comprehensive Sex Education programs teenagers could become more aware of such consequences resulting in fewer Medicare clients.
The government should support programs through schools to help prevent unsafe sex and the rising number of adolescent pregnancies. Not only do teen pregnancies affect the at home life, but also in the young mothers education. According to womanshealthchannel.com, which is a physician developed website, only about one third of teen mothers receive a high school diploma. At such a young age teen mothers are prone to complications during delivery, and can put the baby at risk. Most teens are unaware of this. By making Comprehensive Sex Education a requirement of schools teens can be taught how to prevent these after-effects. In the United States only 69% of school districts teach some form of sex education. 89% of those districts teach the Abstinence program. Teens need to be informed if they are going to be sexually active of how to avoid risky behavior and the proper use of contraceptives. The government should enforce these programs to see effective results.
A member of the National Abstinence Education Association stated "Abstinence programs offer a holistic approach, teaching teens how to build healthy relationships, increase self-worth and set appropriate boundaries in order to achieve future goals." From this idea one could argue that teens should not be preached to just about the concept of abstinence, but also to make aware of using protection and the possibility of contracting STDS. Both of those issues are made apparent in the Comprehensive Sex Education programs. In Europe this type of program is started in preschool and is effectively shown in their low teen birthrate of 6.9 per 1,000 woman ages varying from 15–18. This rate is the lowest in the world and 8 times smaller than in the U.S. Because of such a high number in teen pregnancies each year it is obvious that the commonly used Abstinence programs are not as effective.
With all the stress, complications, and the financial burden that go along with teen pregnancy it is obvious that the government should step up and try to effectively change this issue. An easy solution is by making a required course in every school on the subject of Comprehensive Sex Education. This would help lower Medicare clients and the number of families on welfare, it would teach students the proper way of being "safe", and would overall be more effective then abstinence programs.
SIRS researcher. ProQuest. 20 Mar. 2009
Teen Pregnancy. 01 Nov. 2000. 20 Mar. 2009