Condom distribution in Public Schools
During our panel discussion on should condoms be distributed in public schools, I took the position of supporting the distribution. It is not that I agree with young teenagers having sex but the statistics show that 70 percent of all students are having sex before the age of eighteen. Therefore, if they are going to be engaging in sexual activity then condoms should be easily accessible.
Sex is a difficult topic for teenagers to discuss with their parents and so it often not discussed. Teens want to have an open door policy starting at a young age with their parents and they don’t want the lectures on sex. They want to be treated as adults and be allowed to make their own decisions with no pressure. However, many parents state they will not allow their daughters to be put on birth control pills. Knowing this, they chose other forms of contraceptives and condoms are the most popular form. If condoms were given distributed in their schools then at least the students would be protected while engaging in sex. Contraceptives aren’t easily accessible though. 63 percent of teenagers have to receive their protection at public clinics because only 33 percent of schools have health centers that provide contraceptives on site. 54 percent of students use condoms and more said they would if they were easier to get their hands on.
Recent research indicates that in the United States, there has been a steady decline in adolescent pregnancy, abortion and birth rates since 1991, because sexually active teenagers are becoming more effective users of contraceptives. There has also been a reported 1.7 million adolescent pregnancies averted by the use of contraceptives. I believe that there could be many more if schools would make condoms easily available to the students. Along with the distribution, there also needs to be more information on sex, bodies, pregnancy and STD’s given in a sex ed...