Conservatives vs. Reality

The New York City Department of Education is providing morning-after pills (Plan B – emergency contraception) and other birth control methods to students at city high schools. The distribution policy does not require parental approval. Some conservative parents are up in arms and say the schools are “supporting immorality.”

7000 girls in New York City get pregnant by the time they’re 17. About half of them choose the tragedy of abortion. Wouldn’t it be much more civilized if adults accepted the fact teens have sex and would be willing to support safe and sane plans to protect them?

The same old, trite arguments are being rolled out against the idea:

“This encourages kids to have sex…” Untrue. No legitimate studies support this view.
“I don’t want my tax dollars….” Bullshit. You’d feel the exact same way if these programs were privately funded.
“Kids shouldn’t be having sex …” Time to take a reality pill.
“Parents should …” Reality pill #2.
“My kids would never …” Wrong. Teenage sex runs across every socio-economic indicator.

The Center for Disease Control said 2011 was the first year in decades teen pregnancies went down in the US.  Although we still lead the entire Western World in this category, sex education and easy-to-get birth control were the major factors in helping solve this problem. Waving bloody signs and cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood were not mentioned as any help at all.

5 Responses to “Conservatives vs. Reality”

  1. Bill says:

    The complainers have poor relationships with their children and want society to do the parenting they ought to be doing themselves.

    The “tragedy” of abortion? Call me a cad, but I don’t see it.

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  3. STD Testing is soooo well knowledged and courteous. I love how they take the time to pass down that knowledge.

  4. Because my brother is sexually active, I advise him to have the STD test. Now, he no longer worries and he learned from his lesson.

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