General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience on the background information, communication, and possible resolutions regarding the teen pregnancy conflict in America.
Central Idea: The issue of teen pregnancy is a growing problem in our society. This conflict is associated with the lack of education and restriction on teen pregnancies and abortions.
A recent article from Parents Magazine stated that, “a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that one-third of teenage mothers didn’t use birth control because they didn’t think they could get pregnant” (Rossi, 2012). Researchers found that moms often thought they couldn’t get pregnant the first time they had sex or at a specific time of the month. With the amount of glorified pregnancies and sexual content in the media today we really need to take time to analyze this conflict. (Parents Magazine)
II. Orienting Material
I would like to talk to you today about the conflict of teen pregnancy. I will provide you with background information on the teen pregnancy along with what is currently happening with the conflict. By analyzing the desired out comes and communication strategies of the opposing sides we can take the steps towards resolving these conflicts.
My credibly on the topic comes from my research and personal experience. I was drawn to this topic because I had a lot of friends in high school that dealt with conflicts surrounding teen pregnancies and abortions.
Transition: I would like to begin by clarifying the conflict of teen pregnancy.
I. What is this conflict about?
A. The U.S. teen birth rate is notably higher than rates in other industrialized countries. However, in actuality, from 1995 to 2005 the pregnancy rate, birth rate and abortion rate have all decreased.
B. The conflict is centered around how to actually manage teen pregnancies with in our country. The conflict is a debate on how we continue the decline of teen pregnancies and abortions when teens are becoming more exposed to sex and pregnancy on television.
Transition: Television is known for exaggerating societies flaws and teen pregnancy is one of it’s most recent targets.
II. What is currently going on in the conflict?
A. Currently, the media and our society is some what obsessed with teen pregnancy.
a. In last weeks cable ratings “Teen Mom 2 the Check Up” ranked 7 out of a 100, surprisingly enough, this was a decline from last week. “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” and “16 and Pregnant” are two more examples of shows dealing with pregnancy that account for the highest viewer ratings for their networks.
b. The increase of sex and teen pregnancy on television may have a direct collation to how sexually active teens are.
B. In 2008, according to The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, “data from a national longitudinal survey of teens (12–17 years of age,...