Schools and Birth Control – Yes

So teenage pregnancy is a big problem in the United States as we all know. Some schools choose to teach abstinence and try to scare kids out of having sex by talking about Sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS. Our high school was one of these. While abstinence may be the ideal route, it is simply an unrealistic expectation with a society so engrossed in TV and movies with sexual images. I don’t believe sexy shows cause teens to have sex, but rather to emulate things they see. It kicks it up a notch unfortunately.

Getting back to the birth control issue, since it isn’t realisic to expect all teens to go the bible belt path and never have sex until they’re married, schools should educate about sex and how to protect ones self. I see nothing wrong with handing out condoms and teaching how to use them- even spermicides. These things are commonly used to prevent pregnancy and are over the counter items that generally have no side effects.

I do have a problem with schools thinking they have the right to put kids on any type of prescriptions. To me, schools enforcing pills, and other medications is them overstepping their bounds. I would be furious if my daughter started taking birth control pills that were given to her at school with out anyone telling me! Birth control pills are hastily thrown onto the market, poorly tested and can cause serious side effects. That is why it is up to the teen, possibly her parent and definitely her doctor- to prescribe a birth control that is right for her as an individual.

When my kids come of age- thankfully that won’t be for a decade or so- I will explain about the hazards of having sex and the importance of using protection. I will gladly supply my son with a box of condoms- though I would prefer him not to use them. Furthermore, I will also make sure my daughter understands the risks and benefits of a birth control pill or internal device or whatever. If the time comes necessary, I will take her to the doctor and we will find her a birth control that will not be the cheapest, nor necessarily most popular, but the safest and most effective for her.

Schools should stick to education, college prep and most importantly- stop trying to be pharmacists! A teacher is not a doctor and they should be aware of that fact. Leave a parent to do his or her job and… pass out the condoms.