Post # 47
I clicked YES, but I believe Teen Pregnancies will always happen. Access and Education will prevent a great few, but nothing will ever stop it completely. It is better teenagers get the information and the sexual-confidence to be able to walk into a chemist and buy condoms – that was the biggest problem I had. I was so nervous about being seen buying them. I actually used to catch a bus to another town to buy them!
Post # 48
Yes – my brother in law got his girlfriend pregnant, and I believe part of this is the strict religious upbringing where he was not educated on birth control or provided access to it because he wasn’t supposed to have sex. That said, they have an awesome marriage now and one of the most amazing kids I have ever met.
Post # 49
Condoms and birth control need to be more affordable and more easily accessed without judgment and shame. I think any sort of prevention is better than none. Like, I’d rather have more kids having sex with condoms than fewer teens having unprotected sex.
Post # 50
SO has a friend that refuses to wear condoms, he has gotten several girls prego, though all but the last one aborted, so now he is married to her with a second baby on the way. And you know what, he had the nerve to make fun of my SO other for wearing one always, we have been together for 6 years with no baby scares (and I am not on BC myself due to health issues).
Making condoms available is not going to stop teen pregnancy unless they agree to wear them. And like many say, teens think it will never happen to them. Access to proper info is very important, and I think a few days with a newborn would really help too.
Post # 51
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
I voted yes, but the caveat is only in places where there isn’t abstinence-only sex ed. Teens have to know what condoms are, where to get them (for free or pay), how to use them, and why.
Post # 52
I like the whole giving them out in school thing. Too many teens are embarassed or nervous about buying condoms, and you can say “then they’re too embarassed to have sex” but the fact is they’re going to go and do it anyway most likely. Hand them out to EVERYONE in health class, show them how to use them on a banana or whatever, and make more discreetly avaiable in the nurse’s office. I feel like that’ll make it much, much more likely that they’ll decide to use them and be safe.
I think preventing teen sex is a hilarious and doomed idea. Why bother? Why not create a relaxed and open environment that emphasizes education and encourages questions? I remember being a teenager, and I know there’s a certain “path of least resistence” effect. If you make the easiest path the safe one, it allows them to explore and experiment the way they want to (and probably will no matter what you do) without hurting themselves. Sex isn’t evil and it doesn’t have to be so scary.
Post # 53
Honestly I haven’t read all the replies. But I did vote YES.
I am a Canadian, and am over 50 years old. We have a far more liberal view about sex here in Canada than the US does.
We have been handing out FREE Birth Control Information and Condoms (and in some instances The Pill as well) here in Canada for eons (at least from the time I went to HS / College back in the 1970s… and also one’s Parents do not have to be informed here)
And consequently, we have maintained a much lower percentage of teen pregnancies statistically than our neighbours to the south (currently 16 per 1,000 for Canada vs. the USA which is more than double that… 34 per 1,000 in 2010 – 53 per 1,000 in 2002 – and 62 per 1,000 in 1990)
This truly is about Sex Education… and availability.
Lol, one of our biggest proponents on this front has been Sue Johanson, who is now a US Media Star (Sunday Night Sex Show – Sex with Sue etc). Born in 1930, Sue has been active in sex education since 1972 when she opened a Birth Control Clinic in Don Mills HS in Toronto. So we kind of chuckle when we see her being touted as a big star in the US, and that she is breaking new ground with her openess in regards to “sexual” info on the airwaves, when her message has been a constant here in Canada for over 40 years.
Sex Education and OPEN availability of Birth Control has proven to be far more effective than any other method of curbing the numbers. Preaching Abstinence which is a big part of the US Bible Belt’s philosophy, sadly is a whole lot of “wishful thinking”… until such time, as the US can truly seperate Church from State (FREE Birth Control available to Teens, because of Gov’t policy), teen pregnancy will remain an issue, and pregnancy rates will no doubt remain high.
Post # 54
I don’t think that’s nessesarily it. Teenagers need more information availible as well. However, I am 18. I hate condoms and I will not use them. I do have access to birth control which I take everyday, so that’s the other side of it. I would rather do this then use condoms, but that is my choice. I know other young girls (under 18) who do not use condoms but would use a birth control pill or something similar if it were more easily availible.
Post # 56
No. Access doesn’t mean they’ll use it or use it correctly.
DH and I use condoms sometimes now, even though we’re technicaly NTNP. Being inexperienced when we married, I had no idea how to put one on….and I’m an otherwise educated adult.