Teen Pregnancy Satire

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A school board has come under attack by the religious organization, Christians Against Sex, CAS, for its approach to dealing with the high rate of pregnancies in the district. In their board meeting of February 15th 2010 it was noted that 20 students had become pregnant and had to leave school to have babies. This included students in grades 9 through 12. Board member Marcia Helmsley lamented the loss of family values by the introduction of Planned Parenthood's advocacy of birth control and abortion services into the school district. "We have lost our moral bearings as a nation when we see our children being encouraged to use birth control by our own schools."

The issue of student pregnancy was the primary topic of concern at the meeting. The differing approaches to the solution of the problem produced heated debate among the board members. There was mixed opinion with some wanting to continue with the Planned Parenthood approach of offering birth control and health services along with counseling. Others were fervently opposed to Planned Parenthood's methods and philosophy.Helmsley, a founding member of CAS, was a vocal opponent of the Planned Parenthood approach. "Do we want to give tacit approval to our children for having sex by offering them birth control and abortion services? By making birth control and abortion available to them we are saying loud and clear, go ahead."

Board Chairman Mark Joy cited the epidemic proportions of sexually transmitted infections in the school district. "Twenty-five percent of the student body has been treated for sexually transmitted diseases ranging from Chlamydia through the entire spectrum including herpes and HIV." Helmsley, the mother of a pregnant teen daughter, countered saying: "They shouldn't be having sex. If they stopped having sex they would solve the problems." She went on to promote an approach based on teaching abstinence and purity. Faith Loss challenged this as unworkable citing a recent report by the...
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