Persuasive Letter
Example 6 - NUR 405

Persuasive Letter Example 6 for the NUR 405 class

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Austin American Statesman (Persuasive Letter Examples)

Letters to the Editor

P.O. Box 670

Austin, TX 78767

Dear Mr. Editor,

I recently performed a Windshield Survey in Georgetown, Texas. As the mother of a seventeen year old boy, I was startled by the teen pregnancy statistics that require a daycare center at the high school campus for the children of its students. Further research showed that Texas’ teen pregnancy ranking is the 4th highest in the nation (Garrett, 2010). This coincides with the Texas Board of Education and its adoption of abstinence-only curriculum that teaches abstinence as a form of birth control. In the interest in improving the health of teenagers and young adults, there is a clear need for improved sex education, specifically a comprehensive sex education program that includes pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) prevention.

The Georgetown Independent School District has adopted an abstinence-only program called “Worth the Wait”. Sponsored by the Scott & White Health Plan, “Worth the Wait” admits that the United States has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the industrialized countries (Worth the Wait, 2011). The program acknowledges the STD epidemic. However, the program does nothing to teach the teens about responsible sexual behaviors, such as contraceptives and condom use to prevent the spread of disease. Instead, it teaches teens refusal skills and asks the teens to commit to abstinence by signing a pledge card. An abstinence pledge from middle school students is an unreasonable expectation in the goal to prevent pregnancy, STDs, and HIV. (Persuasive Letter Examples)

Abstinence is an unreasonable approach to STD, HIV, and pregnancy prevention in because sex is a physiological need and not a choice. Abraham Maslow, a psychologist, introduced a hierarchy of needs which is accepted in the psychological...[continues]

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