Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Persuasive Speech, Teen Pregnancy

10 supporting points:

  • Approximately one-third of young women in the United States become pregnant during their teens. More than 80% of teen pregnancies are unintended and unintentional
  • approximately 1 million teenage girls become pregnant each year in the United States. About 13% of U.S. births involve teen mothers and about 25% of teenage girls who give birth have another baby within 2 years.
  • Teenagers who have babies are more likely to not finish high school and have their future plans interrupted.
  • the United States still has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies when compared to other counties of similar status
  • The United States has the highest rates of teenage pregnancy and births in the western industrialized world.
  • just under 1/3 of all girls in the United States will get pregnant in their teenage years
  • Every year around 750,000 teenagers will get pregnant.
  • More than 2/3 of all teenagers who have a baby will not graduate from high school.
  • Finding out your pregnant as a teen can be one of the scariest moments in your life.
  • teen pregnancy can lead to depression and even suicide

5 opposing points:

  • teen pregnancy rates have been declining since 1990
  • there are options if you become pregnant: adoption, abortion
  • some teenagers purposefully become pregnant
  • some teenagers are able to get proper help from their parents to support their child
  • some teenage girls and the father of their children are able to support themselves and their child and create a good life

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  1. what is this speech persuading people to do? This is an informative speech which is just giving us information about teenage pregnancies.

  2. If give the correct points, a topic such as this could persuade a teen or parent to talk to children about abstinence. She would need to say teen pregnancy is not a good idea and give supporting evidence- the things listed above could be that :)