Chelsea McMillen’s Persuasive Speech Outline
General Purpose: To persuade my audience
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audience into being in favor of distributing contraceptives (condoms, birth control pills, spermicides, etc.) in high schools.
Thesis statement: In order to explain why contraceptives are becoming such a necessity in schools today, I will share how teen parenthood is being glorified, reasons for such an increase in teenage pregnancies, and how effective distributing contraceptives would be.
I. Attention getter: (show slide of pregnant girls) How many of you have ever seen television shows like “16 and Pregnant”, “Teen Mom”, or “The Secret Life of an ...view middle of the document...
A. “The Secret Life of an American Teenager”
1. Hollywood version of how a high school pregnancy works out.
2. Makes child-rearing look easy and glamorous.
3. Give false sense of acceptance and support.
B. “16 and Pregnant”
1. Shows a more realistic view of what girls go through in pregnancy and the decisions they face.
2. But still over exposes the issue. It makes life changing decisions look meager.
3. Presents the possibility of fame and attention to teenage girls who get pregnant.
C. Teen stars such as Jamie Lynn Spears and Bristol Palin and their babies are plastered all over the front covers of many magazines.
1. These are girls who young children look up to. What sort of example are parents giving their children?
2. Girls are being given real life examples that “being a mom is the best feeling in the world.” –according to Jamie lynn Spears in an interview with OK! Magazine after her baby was born.
Transition: Second, I want to explain some of the reasons there has been such a rise in teenage pregnancy rates.
II. According to Foxnews.com, The United States has higher rates of teen pregnancy, birth and abortion than in other Western industrialized countries. As posted on 4Parents.gov, one in every three teenage girls will get pregnant before their twentieth birthday.
A. Teens are having sex at younger and younger ages worldwide.
1. According to a story published by ABCnews.com, a 13-year old girl became the youngest mother in Switzerland. The 14-year old father claims “we did use a condom, but it slipped off.” Could this be because condoms aren’t made for pre-pubescent boys?
2. Because of this story and the realization that children are having sex, a condom company in Switzerland has designed and begun marketing a smaller sized product.
B. Abstinence-Only programs in school are no longer effective.
1. In the article I read from FoxNews.com, I found out $1.3 billion in federal funds has been put into abstinence programs since the late 1990’s.
2. Since then, pregnancy rates have risen 3 percent.
C. Children and teenagers are having sex and getting pregnant before they truly know how to prevent it. A shift needs to be made from this “abstinence only” phase to a more preventative attitude. Our president agrees.
1. In the FoxNews.com article I read that the Obama administration's 2010 budget eliminated spending for abstinence-only programs, shifting funds to pregnancy prevention education that include abstinence as well as "medically accurate and age-appropriate" information.
2. According to the Reproductive Rights Blog, the $114.5 million teen pregnancy prevention project signed into law by President Obama in December 2009 establishes a major turning point in U.S. sex...