Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Obama and Teen Pregnancy

So I am very excited that president Obama won.  Now my vagina and other civil rights can stay safe and happy. I saw a lot of negativity though. People saying how if their friends voted for the wrong canidate they should "lose their number" and people saying "I am moving to .... now that Obama has won."  Isn't what an election is all about is the freedom to vote and make your own decisions and say what you want to say? Telling people you can no longer be associated with them because of the person they want to be president makes you just as bad as those people you do not like. Open mindedness is on all sides and understanding that EVERYONE is entitled to their own opinion. Just because you do not agree with it or believe in it doesn't make it WRONG. It just makes it different.

And for those of you who think America is going to hell in a hand basket because of Obama check this out... Things Obama did for the good ole US of A.

1. Saved the collapse of the American automotive industry by making GM restructure before bailing them out, and putting incentive money to help the industry

2. •Froze the salaries for top White House staff members. This is a largely symbolic act, but might be an important one.

3.•Lifted a ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.

4.Launched - enabling conversation and online collaboration between small business owners, government representatives and industry experts in discussion forums relevant to starting and managing a business

5..Lowered drug costs for seniors

I could go on, or you could do the research yourself and fucking look.

Now, teen pregnancy:

Teenage pregnancy is a concern in many states in the U.S; in fact it is a problem in many countries all over the world. Governments try to crack down on the rising rates of teen pregnancy with sexual education classes and programs in public health services to provide contraception and STD testing to those teens who choose not to abstain from having sex. If a teenager does get pregnant most states in the US have other programs installed like The Pregnancy Resource Center in Salt Lake City or Planned Parenthood.

In Salt Lake City, Utah teen pregnancy rates are three times higher than the national average.  Teen pregnancy has been rising steadily since 2004 and most of the communities feel that education of teens is the only way to stop the number from climbing any further.  Information suggests that teens in Utah, more so than in other places, have a harder time accessing birth control, thought that their partner was sterile or did not think they could get pregnant. There are at least four school districts that only promote abstinence and state legislation requires teachers to endorse abstinence and not support the use of contraception. In America we have parents who think sexual education and the giving of birth control to minors as wrong, and then those who will fight to keep such programs in the community.

As well as educating on sex in the classroom, the general consensus in is that parents need to take a more active role with their children. The state PTA has information workshops where parents can be given “Ready to Talk” kits.  Parents need to openly talk to their children about sex and birth control.  Utah law forbids government health clinics to give teens birth control without parental consent and only Planned Parenthoods in Salt Lake, which gets federal Title X funding, is allowed to over look that law. It would be easier if teens felt they could go to their parents to ask for help in obtaining birth control.

Parents need to accept the fact that teenagers have sex and being aware of how to prevent pregnancy and what causes pregnancy are the best tools against it. Ignorance is truly the cause of this issue in Utah and every where else.

If you have a child who asks you about birth control and you either a) won't discuss it or b) won't take them to go get it. Then you cannot complain if your child comes home pregnant or gets someone pregnant. Teens need safe confidential places to get birth control. I have two daughters. If they did not feel they could talk to me then I would hope they would have a health care provider they could openly  talk to about these things. I would rather my 15 year old was on the pill then pregnant. Sure in a perfect world I would rather that she waited. But thats bull shit and unrealistic. Parents need to be prepared.

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