May 7, 2013
Free Condoms For Everyone, Even 12-Year-Old Kids?
On the heels of the government approval for the “morning after pill” being available over the counter to girls as young as 15, California’s own, The Condom Access Project, will now provide condoms to local kids for free.
It’s as easy as A, B, C, 1, 2, 3, for kids in California to get condoms now.
In a very slick and easy to navigate website that’s palatable to teens using trendy colors, typography, and easy to navigate user interface, teensource.org provides free condoms to kids as young as 12 in literally two clicks.
When you enter the site, there’s an animated flash (Gif) banner front and center (well, left front and center, actually) that offers free condoms.
This could go one of two obvious ways. People surely agree that safe sex is the way to go, even for 12-year-olds, and there’s no use in trying to be naïve about the issue; we should be offering them the tools they need to be safe when engaging in sexual activities.
The other side of the argument sounds a little like this quote on CNN Health, “I would ask parents the question, ‘Who should be making decisions for the best welfare of your child — you as a parent, or the state, who has no direct connection, has no understanding, has no relationship with your child?'” San Diego-area pastor Chris Clark.
People are in an uproar over this controversial move, but it’s with the best intentions, right?
The alarmingly high rates of sexually transmitted diseases among teens call for immediate action, health officials say.
The California Health Council’s Condom Access Project has been around for only a year. Recently, it expanded to San Diego and Fresno counties, bringing the number of counties it serves to seven, and they explain:
“While teen pregnancy rates in the state have declined steadily over the past decade, rates of sexually transmitted diseases among California teens ages 15 to 19 are rising, the council said.”
“In 2011, more than 42,000 cases of chlamydia and 4,800 cases of gonorrhea were reported in that age group, according to the California Department of Public Health.”
As part of the project, anyone between the ages of twelve and 19-years-old confidentially request a pack of ten condoms online, up to once a month.
“With each order, teens also receive personal lubricant to reduce breakage as well as educational information,” said the California Family Health Council.
“California is experiencing a near public health crisis with STD rates among teens rising to alarming levels,” said Julie Rabinovitz, the council’s president. “By providing sexually active teens and their parents with the tools they need to prevent STDs and unintended pregnancy, we are hoping to move the needle in the right direction.”
To date, the program has sent almost 30,000 condoms to youths in the past year.
I suppose there are some kids who are sexually curious and even engaging in sexual activity as young as 12, but does that make it ok for people to be enabling it?
One might agree, saying they’re going to do it anyway, why not help them be safe? Another may not, and say it’s not the place of people outside of the home to be making these decisions.
Where do you stand?
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