t: the “social liberals in the country’s “blue states” tend to support sex education and are not particularly troubled by the idea that many teen-agers have sex before marriage, but would regard a teen-age daughter’s pregnancy as devastating news. And the social conservatives in “red states” generally advocate abstinence-only education and denounce sex before marriage, but are relatively unruffled if a teen-ager becomes pregnant, as long as she doesn’t choose to have an abortion.” The other identified factors contributing to the dilemma are religion, perceptions about sex, the use of contraception, participation in abstinence-pledge movements, and commitment to “network of friends, family, and institutions that reinforce his or her goal of delaying sex”. (Talbot, 2)
The other article posted in the internet entitled “High School Aids Outbreak” relayed disturbing information on the possibility of almost 50 high school students from Normandy High School in St. Louis having contracted the HIV-AIDS virus. What is more alarming is the lack of relevant information on the root cause of the dilemma and how the situation would have an impact on the future of the students, and the community, in general.
The articles validated and confirmed some of the theories and concepts presented in class. The first article presented factors which contributed to teen-ages opting for early sex and resulting in teen-aged pregnancies. The author delved into the seriousness of the problem which pervades various states in the country, regardless of religious orientation or political affiliations.
Further, the freedom, liberal laws and lax stance of the country in issues on teen-aged sex and pregnancies created serious repercussions in terms of illnesses like to dreaded AIDS. The articles serve as an eye-opener for students to realize that the factual experiences confirm the negative effects of teen-aged sex, teen-aged pregnancies, and HIV-AIDS.
The lessons should