In the News
Massachusetts middle school wants to give kids contraceptives
The policy makers are defending it by insisting that this is a preventative measure against sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy for students who are interested in becoming (or already are) sexually active. The policy also makes abstinence counseling available to the tweens and teens, as well as an opt-out option that parents can choose if they do not want their child to have access to the contraceptives. Opponents of the plan claim children as young as 12 should not be sexually active and that giving them a means of birth control encourages them to experiment sexually at far too young an age.
Here at GL, we believe that making contraceptives available to those who want them isn’t encouraging kids to have sex, it’s helping those already interested to do so safely. Research has proven that kids are having sex whether their parents like it or not. Shouldn’t they at least do so safely?
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