Teen Pregnancy

Teen Pregnancy

Teenagers in the United States are experimenting with sexual activities more and more today than ever before, and the sad thing about this issue is that it is becoming common-place in our society, because it is not being frowned upon as it were just a couple of years ago. It is now a known fact that majority of high school aged boys and girls would have engaged in some sort of sexual activity by the time they graduate high school. ?50% of girls and women aged 15 to 19 told the National Center for Health Statistics they had had sex, [?] 55% of single males ages 15 to 19 have had sex? (Maggie Gallagher). Also alarming, is the growing rate of children having sexual intercourse before they are of the age of thirteen. Stephanie Ann Sanders states ?The problem of teenage pregnancy is considerably worse in the United States than in almost any other developed country. Studies show that birth rates for women under 20 are higher in the United States than in 29 other developed countries.? (MICROSOFT ENCARTA ENCYCLOPEDIA 2000). Some sort of sexual connotation always surrounds teenagers, whether it is the television, radio, school, or even the Internet.

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