ERIC Number: ED282169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Teen Pregnancy and School-Based Health Clinics. A Family Research Report.
To combat the problem of teenage pregnancy, public health clinics have made birth control counseling and free contraceptives available to minors and many public schools have implemented sex education programs. Despite the development and implementation of these programs, teenage sexual activity and pregnancy have increased. The increase in adolescent pregnancy has occurred even though more teenagers are using contraceptives, using more effective forms of contraceptives, and are exposed to more instruction on sexual behavior and birth control methods. School-based health clinics, the newest form of teenage pregnancy prevention programs, are also ineffective because they, like earlier programs, are founded on three flawed presuppositions: (1) the reliance on birth control to reduce teenage pregnancy; (2) the myth of moral neutrality; and (3) the "kids are going to do it anyway" mentality. School-based health clinics should not be funded because they usurp parental authority and involvement; fail to provide moral instruction; and are ineffective at reducing adolescent pregnancy, sexual activity, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases. In order to combat teenage pregnancy a collective strategy is needed to encourage adolescents to say "no." (NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Family Research Council of America, Inc., Washington, DC.