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TEEN PREGANCY IN THE U.S 2
Campaign against Teen Pregnancy in the U.S
In the year 2017, 194, 377 babies were born to teenage mothers, representing 18.8 per
1000 women between 15-19 years. This was another record low for the US teens and a drop by
7% from year 2016 (Barker et al., 2019). Although reasons to this decline were not totally clear,
evidence suggests decline was as a result of more adolescents abstaining from sexual activities
and use of birth controls, to those who were sexually active. However, teen pregnancy in the US
remains significantly higher than on other western nations, and with significant geographical
racial disparities. As such, there is a considerable agreement on the need to reduce the incidence
of adolescent pregnancies although the methods used to achieve this remains controversial. To
this end, the federal government has come up with teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) program,
which funds evidence-based sex education initiatives that aim at preventing the number of teen
pregnancies.
A number of different interventions have been tried, based on antecedents of the problem
(social and environmental factors) as well as ideological based ideas about effective and
acceptable of containing this public health issue. Some of the approaches used by TPP program
include repeated emphasis on abstinence. The stakeholders are rallying around the call to return
to the old ways when abstinence was norm until marriage. At the opposite end of the spectrum,
some communities and schools are adopting a positive view of teen sexuality by teaching
adolescents what responsible sex means in teenage years (Card, 2009). Sexually active teenagers
are able to access contraception by the already established community-based facility clinics,
school-based health centers that issue contraception as well as condom distribution facilities in
learning institutions and communities. Besides, TTP programs have also taken an initiative to
compel state as well as local governments to take an active role in tackling the teenage

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Running head: TEEN PREGANCY IN THE U.S Campaign against Teen Pregnancy in the U.S Name Institutional Affiliation Date 1 TEEN PREGANCY IN THE U.S 2 Campaign against Teen Pregnancy in the U.S In the year 2017, 194, 377 babies were born to teenage mothers, representing 18.8 per 1000 women between 15-19 years. This was another record low for the US teens and a drop by 7% from year 2016 (Barker et al., 2019). Although reasons to this decline were not totally clear, evidence suggests decline was as a result of more adolescents abstaining from sexual activities and use of birth controls, to those who were sexually active. However, teen pregnancy in the US remains significantly higher than on other western nations, and with significant geographical racial disparities. As such, there is a considerable agreement on the need to reduce the incidence of adolescent pregnancies although the methods used to achieve this remains controversial. To this end, the federal government has come up with teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) program, which funds evidence-based sex education initiatives that aim at preventing the number of teen pregnancies. A number of different interventions have been tried, based on antecedents of the problem (social and environmental factors) as well as ideological based ideas about effective and acceptable of containing this public health issue. Some of the approaches used by TPP program include repeated emphasis on abstinence. The stakeholders are rallying around ...
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