As many of us already know, teen pregnancy has become a glaring issue in today's society. While it is, like most issues, highly preventable, not everyone is completely in the know about simple things we could be doing to avert it.
For example, did you know that less than half of all high schools and only a fifth of middle schools in the United States teach the basics of sexual education?
According to those statistics, it should be no wonder so many teens are getting pregnant! They simply aren't sure how to prevent it from happening, and it's their school's duty to teach them these things because as soon as they're done with high school, they're sent out into the adult world.
Unfortunately, sex ed. is a very helpful but sensitive subject that most teens don't have the opportunity to fully learn and understand. Most of this generation will spend the majority of their growing years in school, yet come out not having a clue about things they'll have to know very well as adults.
Another contributing factor to the growing number of teen pregnancies is the simple fact that birth control is very expensive and often unavailable to teenagers, as are many other forms of contraception. Even though parents know the risk of unprecedented teen pregnancies, they do not usually let their children have access to things that would easily prevent them.
Teenagers have very rebellious and carefree personalities by nature, and will often do what they want regardless of what others say is right and wrong. The least we could do is make sure they're being safe and know that whatever the outcome is, they were the ones who predetermined it!