Depressing story out of England.

This story, out of England, is depressing.  It’s about the lamentably high rates of teen pregnancy in England, the fact that more government intervention in sex education is not paying off, and the ease with which pre-teens can get morning after pills without their parents being any the wiser.  I don’t have time to add my comments to and thoughts about this article, but I think you all will find it interesting.


5 Responses

  1. There was a time when the Irish (my heritage) confronted their weakness for booz with “Taking the Pledge.”

    Our children, overly sexuallized too early by so very many forces, need to “Take the Pledge” to refrain from sex until (fill in the blank).

  2. Well, on the bright side, at least these British teens are _having_ kids.

  3. It’s strange – many health professionals will tell you that the rate of certain sexual transmitted infections are staying constant or increasing and, in the same breath, say we need more money and education to prevent the increase.

    I always want to ask, “Haven’t we been spending money and educating people for the past 30 years? If that were the answer to the problem, wouldn’t we have seen some sort of improvement?”

  4. Sometimes the only thing you can do is take care of your own.

    Keep them out of school if you have to.

    In the end, though, it seems to me that contraception and abortion and the seemingly dire need to prevent “children from having children” is for the comfort of adults and no one else.

    Abortion is *known* to have detrimental affect on health, greater risk of cancer among other issues. Hormones are troubling for an adult woman to take and we want to give high doses to teen girls who are still developing? If the physical well being of the teenager was at issue it would probably be better if she gave birth to a child. It’s the rest of us that don’t want to deal with that.

    There is an extent to which we unnaturally put off adulthood and try to tell sexually mature persons that they don’t get to be grown-up yet for a long time and maybe we recognize that it’s a bit unfair… but I think mostly it’s that it doesn’t seem to be fair to ask teens to do something that adults absolutely won’t do, which is keep their pants on.

    So again, it’s about us, and not about what is best for young people, for their physical development or for their future relationships.

  5. Well, so far they haven’t posted my comment about not eating meat from hormone treated cattle yet thinking it’s fine to dose developing teenage girls with high levels of hormones.

    The comments are more depressing than the article. I think it’s mostly people without daughters or else who figure that their own kid is an exception and support it for *other* people’s children.

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