Using contraceptives to fight teenage pregnancies not right

Tuesday April 30 2019


By Stephen Wabomba

There is high rate of teenage pregnancy in Uganda today and this has raised concerns among national and international bodies. Teenage pregnancyis a social problem the country is facing given its overall effect on the quality of human life. The problem has created value clash questions among Ugandans on how to prevent it. With increased concern, different stakeholders have devised strategies to end the problem. However, the controversy is on the methods to apply to halt it. There are some organisations exerting pressure on the government to accept and declare the use of contraceptives regardless of one’s age, sex and level of understanding.

The pro-life activists should be allowed to teach Ugandans traditional and natural values that the intended move is not good for a country like Uganda. Based on scientific proof that human life begins at conception and that our DNA is known at a time when a male semen’s meets the ovum from a female person, there is no need for providing incentives or force to make people use contraceptives and safe abortions as a means to end teenage pregnancy. The act is immoral and against country’s laws. If the methods are imposed on the population, it will be harmful to the country’s future. Experts should study the demographic trend in Western countries to understand the effect of excessive use of contraceptives to a country’s future population.

In the late 1960s, Western countries promoted massive use of artificial contraceptives and safe abortion, which has led to population decline today. Many Western countries have been deprived of a young work force in crucial sectors. We hear that many churches in the West have few worshipers, universities with less local population, and some government offices are without office bearers.
The innovative strategy of offering citizenships and scholarships, especially to developing countries, can be expensive for a country like Uganda.

Therefore, to end teenage pregnancy in Uganda, emphasis should be put on education by building more primary schools nearer to the population, facilitating the teenage girls with basic school and personal materials, availing teachers in rural areas and empowering the parents in rural communities with unconditional loans for them to be able to educate the children. It is not good to allow abortions, use of condoms, pills, etc, in fighting teenage pregnancy.
Stephen Wabomba,