Teenage Pregnancies in Britain

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Imogen Hart

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Teenage Pregnancies In Britain

Teenage Pregnancies are common in Britain, as many feel that sex education, and peer pressures to have sexual relations earlier are to blame.

    Sex education in Britain is much less explicit as it is in other European countries such as Holland. There, the number of teenagers having unprotected sex for the first time is 35% lower than it is here in Britain, and many think that the sex education is the reason why.

    Other reasons for the high teen pregnancy rate include a changing in family values. Back in the 1950’s it was still considered a social taboo to be pregnant outside of wedlock, where as now days, the social repercussions are not so great. In fact, it is considered almost normal. The family values are not considered as important as it was before, and so having children when not in a safe, normally married environment, isn’t as frowned upon as it was in the past. The moral messages involved in having children outside of a safe environment aren’t as well reinforced either. The idea that a baby isn’t just for a couple of days isn’t made clear in sex education, or by the immediate family. Nor is it made obvious, that when you cannot support yourself in the world, then you are not going to be able to look after a child, and that is abuse to the youngster not to the young person.

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    There is also the difficulty and embarrassment involved in getting hold of contraception in Britain, which may contribute to the high Teenage Pregnancy rate. 82% of Teenagers feel they are frowned upon when getting contraception and prefer not to get it, instead risking unprotected sex.

    Sex is also glamorised by the media, and Hollywood. It is made to seem like it is easy, and that it has little repercussions, and there are very few films made depicting how difficult having a baby is for a young mother, often without the help of the child’s father ...

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