posted on Feb, 18 2009 @ 09:32 PM
Birth control AND non-abstinence only sexual education. I mean, come on, even Sarah Palin's daughter (who reminds me so much of some of my very close
friends) was like "Expecting teens not to have intercourse is entirely unrealistic."
My mom was on a committee against abstinence only sex ed years ago in town, and of course the opposing committee won. So now we learn how horrible sex
is, and kids get knocked up and put in alternative school.
Not only does there need to be free birth control (especially condoms, which are super cheap, but also birth control pills and diaphragms for anybody
with a latex allergy or other concerns). And decent birth control pills. I know many girls who go to the free clinics and get the cheap pills that
they give out, which make the girls gain a ton of weight, have hormonal problems, and are often discontinued because of the horrible side effects.
Each prospective woman needs to be properly evaluated for a method that works best for their hormonal type.
Not only is abstinence not very realistic among modern teenagers, the same goes for condom use. Especially because the typical "health class" does
not teach us about how to properly prevent ourselves from getting STDs and preventing pregnancy. It basically says, if anything, "sex gives you
diseases and there's nothing you can do about it, it will kill you, so don't do it."
Condoms rip, often, especially among teens who don't know how to use them (expiration dates, not keeping them in humid environments at certain temps,
etc). So, what happens when one rips? Usually nothing. I know some people who have had to go to the doctor to get a script for Plan B, which is
probably the right thing to do. But usually the kids can't even tell their parents what happened so it's like, um, let's hope for the best.
I promise that almost every single actively sexual young adult, and even perhaps adult, birth control or not, has had a pregnancy scare at least
So if abortions are going to be illegal for whatever .... reason. They had -better- make some improvements in these other areas.
And in response to the above post, Plan B would be the option, I guess. Unless they call that an "abortion of a possible embryo that may or may not
exist yet but let's not risk it." My experiences with Plan B are that lots of doctors are really tentative to give it out for anything and I know
someone who was told "oh, well, chances are that you won't get pregnant" by a doctor wearing a cross, who proceeded to give a lecture about how
sexual activity was bad. Not even a lie. So, you'd better have a good pharmacist, and they'd better keep Plan B legal. If it becomes illegal, so,
too, will birth control pills. Because Plan B is just a double dose of the pill.
And if birth control pills become illegal, I will -really- have left the country by then.
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