Being prepared is influenced by moral and cultural values.

Being prepared is influenced by moral and cultural values.

Just look at a recommendation that was published November of 2012.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday called on the nation’s pediatricians to counsel all of their adolescent patients about emergency contraception and make advance prescriptions for it available to girls under 17.

In the presidential election of 2012 contraception, etc. were made a major subject. How one deals with reproductive issues defined ones moral and cultural values. This was directly related to how one deals with the risk of pregnancy. It is one of the most extreme examples where cultural and moral values will define how one deals with risk.

In the case of teen pregnancies the moral and cultural issues can become extremely divided. But what is interesting is that the cultural and moral divide focuses only on the choices for the teen mom.

Throughout the U.S., statistical studies show that the average age of the father of a child is inversely related to the age of the mother, if the mother is less than 16 years of age. Formula: m 16 – 1 / fo m- , where m = mother’s age and f = father’s age.

In a 2005 Kaiser Family Foundation study of US teenagers, 29% of teens reported feeling pressure to have sex, 33% of sexually active teens reported “being in a relationship where they felt things were moving too fast sexually”, and 24% had “done something sexual they didn’t really want to do”.

Studies by the Population Reference Bureau and the National Center for Health Statistics found that about two-thirds of children born to teenage girls in the United States are fathered by adult men age 20 or older.

What the two references above point out is that most teenage mothers are in relationships with men much older than they are. With acceptance of single moms, abortion, birth control, etc. these men have had an easier time preying on young girls. But the cultural and moral fight seldom if ever touches these men. Yet they account for two thirds of the teen pregnancies.

Many time when culture and moral values are involved it is not uncommon for important factors related to a risk to be ignored and the focus put on the key moral and/or cultural conflicts.


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