Birth Control Controversy Hits NYC Schools

30 Sep

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/video/birth-control-controversy-hits-nyc-schools-17309946

I am a bit on the offense that the schools would suggest such a movement. I understand trying to curb the outbreak of teen pregnancy, but this approach seems a bit accepting of an action that young teens should be cautious of. I don’t think schools have exhausted all of their possibilities when it comes to this epidemic. It’s wrong to administer a drug that for one we have no idea how it will affect the bodies of these young teens and two even with the permission of the parents just doesn’t seem ethical. Young people misinterpret a lot these days, and I agree with one of the parents in the video when he said what example and message are we sending to the teenage population, that sex is ok and that you will not be held accountable for your actions?

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3 Responses to “Birth Control Controversy Hits NYC Schools”

  1. jcjohnson3 October 1, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    New York is apparently one of the few areas in the country where teen pregnancy is going up. I actually support the school system for providing young women with the resources to protect themselves after a potentially life-altering decision to have unprotected sex.
    Though parents aren’t required to consent, they can opt out. I don’t see many parents consenting to this program, so I support the opt out. It’s naive to think that limiting birth control resources limits unprotected sex. Parents will naturally want to discourage their daughters from having sex by limiting their protective resources. The problem is it won’t stop sex, it will just leave these girls vulnerable.
    NYC did the right thing… even if it was controversial.

    • taylerworkman October 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

      I also support the school system. Kids are going to have sex if they want to have sex and I think that giving them as many options as possible to protect themselves from unplanned pregnancy (as well as many other things associated with having sex).

      • taylerworkman October 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

        I didn’t finish that thought. Basically I was saying that giving the students options is a good idea.

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