Condom Distribution to Teens
Over the past 30 years, condom distribution has not effectively helped against sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or teen pregnancies because condoms are used incorrectly or not at all. The question remains: does it encourage teens to engage in sex by pushing condoms in their hands? We will explore the effectiveness of the program, taxpayer views, and religious views. The theory generally accepted in justifying the distribution of condoms to teenagers is that this will protect them against pregnancy and STDs. However, in all honesty handing out condoms to teenagers is a prescription for disaster.
Condom usage to curb pregnancy and STDs may be misunderstood by creating a false sense of security in people whose behavior continues to put them in danger. “We cannot tell people how much protection condoms give,” said Dr. Malcolm Potts, one of the inventors or prophylactics lubricated with spermicide and president of Family Health International, a nonprofit contraceptive research group in North Carolina. ”I’m always amazed that we know the atomic structure of the AIDS virus but don’t know much about condoms.” Seriously, if one of the inventors of condoms is stating he is not sure how effective they are, then why promote the use through the condom distribution programs in schools? [ (Grunson) ] The assumption should not be that all teenagers are wanting or ready to be sexually active. “Schools send a nonsensical message when they teach kids not to have sex but then give them condoms” [ (Limbaugh) ]. The solution is not just having a basket of condoms sitting in the nurse’s office. The condom distribution program encourages sexual activity and fosters the idea that premarital sex is acceptable.
While many people don’t support the condom distribution program, it is still being used, even with a very limited success rate due to the inability to ensure teens are using condoms all the time. In a 1988 survey conducted throughout the United States, 27 percent of low income, never been married teens that relied on condoms became pregnant due to inconsistent condom use [ (JD) ]. In a more personal case, that of Cyntria Webber, the availability of condoms did not prevent her from having sex without a condom and becoming pregnant. Cyntria is quoted as saying, “I just wasn’t thinking about birth control at the time.” According to the same source neither was the father of her child [ (Natale) ]. A major problem with the condom distribution program is teens not using condoms consistently or correctly. According to Natale, “A condom gives you the courage to get in the backseat, but you don’t use it once you get back there.” If consistent and correct use of condoms could be established among teens, then maybe the condom program would produce better results. But as we know, this is not the case. A study taken at San Francisco’s Balboa High School showed disastrous results for those wanting the condom distribution program to succeed. According to the January-February 1991 issue of Family Planning Perspectives: * The number of students having sex doubled.
* The schools’ overall pregnancy rate increased in pregnancy. * There was an increase in sexually transmitted diseases. When condoms were distributed at Balboa High School, the results were the opposite of what the program set out to do. The program failed horribly; the exposure to STDs and pregnancies doubled instead of decreasing. This program was supposed to reduce annual teenage births but instead they spiraled upward by one third. This figure didn’t include number of teens who aborted their pregnancies. Even without those figures, the increase in births with a condom distribution program intact is phenomenal [ (JD) ]. On June, 10th,2011, Pope, Benedict XVI was ridiculed, even by the Catholics, for his statement, “We cannot solve the problem of aids by distributing condoms.” Regardless of arguments over the morality of an individual’s use of a...
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