Teenage Pregnancy Reduction
Teenage sex! Most people
think that this is the root of the whole teenage pregnancy problem. Everyone is
running their selves ragged trying to prevent teenage sex. And that leads to people
worried about promoting sex.
NEWS FLASH! You don't have to worry about
promoting it - a lot of other people are doing that for you. Even the Yakima public
school district has been refusing to put condom dispensers in bathrooms, girls
and boys. I think you are better off safe than sorry.
Now the next step
is preventing teen pregnancy. Being a teenager myself and having friends who are
also teenagers I know what would prevent a pregnancy of my own. In this town of
Yakima, Washington, we have a large number of sexually active teenagers.
very small number of these teenagers have parents who either know they are having
sex or who accept their child having sex. Most teenagers, like myself, are busy
hiding their sexual activity from their parents because they are afraid of what
they will think or if we will get in trouble.
Teenagers are also worried
about what other adults will think of them; it is embarrassing to go into a clinic
and ask for birth control or go in for a check up. We almost have nobody to talk
to that we are comfortable with.
I think that in reducing teenage pregnancy,
you have to have acceptance. If you were to study or even look at other countries'
societies and teenage pregnancy rates, you would see that they have a low teenage
pregnancy rate and a high teenage sex acceptance rate.
You have to accept
a problem before you can solve it. Sure we have Planned Parenthood and the crisis
pregnancy center, and that does help, but you also have bills for birth control
What I am trying to say is that if parents, step parents, grandparents,
and society as a whole or even as a half, accepted teenage sex they would have
a better chance at communication between parents and children and lowering
the teenage pregnancy rate.
I can't dance, it's not my revolution!"
- Emma Goldman
Feminist Women's Health Center