In today’s society, politicians have made many laws governing the how, when, and where women are allowed to get abortions. An abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often during the first 28 weeks of the pregnancy. Rather than dictating what women can do with their pregnancies, the government should focus its time and energy into educating the public about alternatives to abortion. In 2006, a study showed that 49% of all pregnancies were unintended. This is a very high percentage and clearly it means that either the birth control/contraceptives are failing at an extremely high rate, or that the general public doesn’t know how to prevent pregnancies from happening. Although this percentage is high, another study showed that the 65% of women who use modern contraceptives only accounted for 5% of the unintended pregnancies. However, the 16% of women that didn’t use a contraceptive method accounted for 52% of unintended pregnancies. This proves that contraceptives work most of the time. So if these contraceptives work so well, why don’t more people use them? A lot of people don’t know that they’re out there, or where to get them. In Texas, the sex education program that is common among high schools is “It’s Worth the Wait”. It teaches about abstinence, not about practicing safe sex. Although teens really shouldn’t be having sex, society cannot turn a blind eye any longer, because it is happening all over the nation. If we want unintended pregnancy rates, and therefore abortion rates, to lower, then there should be more knowledge about contraceptives and alternatives. In the past decade, the federal government has spent more than $1 billion on programs like “It’s Worth the Wait” which promote abstinence as the only choice teens should make about sex before they’re married. A study recently showed that the teenagers in these ‘abstinence is key’ programs were no more likely to abstain from...
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