In Latin America , despite the developments in regards to sex education , legislation in favor of , as well as the decriminalization of , the social recognition of gender equality, and the inclusion of women in the workforce is still a pending issue in the region as birth rates among teenagers are unusually high.

Moreover, the birth rate among teenagers in Latin America is above international rates and standards and although it is true that some countries in the region have shown some developments in this matter, others have been taking steps backward .

A report issued by the found a link between economic inequality in countries such as Bolivia , Guatemala , Haiti , Honduras , Peru , and Dominican Republic and high teenage pregnancy rates , which are explained by scarce sex education and reproductive programs and campaigns, along with the lack of public funds for the distribution of among marginalized communities.

For example, in Colombia , the use of contraceptives among teenagers increased from 66% to 81% but in contrast, in Venezuela pregnancies have increased as the result of contraceptive shortages the general crisis.

For a long time, in Latin America has a conservative crusade to ban the implementation of among the population, as well as pressure from groups of parents to ban sex education in schools; nevertheless, something that halts the development of a teenagers is to have a child, not because maternity is negative, but because a teenager is not physically, emotionally, or financially fit to become a parent .


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