The rate of teen pregnancies indicates that a large number of teenagers are sexually active no matter what moral code adults try to enforce. By distributing birth control, school nurses could reduce the long term effects that these actions have on teenagers' lives. Although some people may object on the ground that schools should not be encouraging students to have sex, it is quite clear that they already are.
For the argument saying that distributing contraceptives goes against religion, there is such a law that separates church and state. If we must uphold this one particular belief, then we would need to get rid of meat in the school due to some religions that do not allow the consumption of such products, just to name one. The amount of potential beliefs that would need to be observed by the school is beyond ridiculous and would only cause problems. Also, in doing so, this would offend the atheist population because it completely ignores their views. Allowing the distribution of condoms and birth control will not cause people to have sex, only stop unwanted pregnancies that happen. Like it or not, parents need to realize that they're going to have sex regardless if the contraceptive is available or not.
Studies have shown that the abstinence only method of teaching sex education is a failure. If students are sexually active, they run the risk of pregnancy and disease transmission, so wouldn't it make sense for them to be provided with condoms? Kids don't always have jobs to buy them or may be too embarrassed to go purchase them, and if they were available from school nurses, then maybe at least they would be practicing safe sex habits.
it is true that when you see schools handing out condoms to kids, it looks like they are promoting sex. but on the other hand most people know by now that most kids will have sex anyway no matter what anyone says. So why not be safe about it. though it does not protect you from STD's, it's a lot better then having a baby at a young age. would you want your son or daughter being parents in their teens?
I am an 18 year old student at nor view high school. I can't tell you how many young ladies that had a promising future is or was pregnant. Statistics even show that women who have children as teenagers tend to get lower education than women who wait. I know that if I were a parent I would rather have my teen say "I would like to be on birth conrol" to a nurse than "Mommy I'm pregnant" to me.
Students are not going to stop having sex just because their old, conservative teachers tell them to. They are going to continue to roll their eyes at those teachers and go home and have sex, and because they can. That's the harsh truth. It is not going to magically just stop. You cannot prevent them from having sex, but you can open them up to prevention from getting sick or pregnant. There's no harm. Studies have been done. Look it up.
In a 2005 American Academy of Pediatrics report, researchers concluded that "an increase in awareness and availability of emergency contraception (Plan B)to teens does not change reported rates of sexual activity or increase the frequency of unprotected intercourse" (Haupt). Specifically speaking of "Plan B", I think it should be limited in school distribution (ex: three times for every student) to prevent any possible abuse of it. It has an 85% success rate. Knowing this, many students would not take advantage of "Plan B" and use it in lieu of a condom and birth control because there is still a chance one could become pregnat. Secondly i do think schools should be allowed to give out birth control (by qualified psychians and nurses!) and condoms to students without limit. Reason being is because some students cannot afford protection but will still have sex regardless. It is in human nature to desire psychical contact with another. Many religons do condem pre-marital sex, however that only encourages teen pregnacy. Truth be told the more religous a state is the higher the teen pregnacy rate will be. Reason being is the kids are taught to remain pure and stay virgins until marriage, but due to horomones and such they will engage in sexual activity anyways. Being shamed of their actions they will avoid use of contraceptives (birth control, condoms etc) thus resulting in unprotected sex. If you do not believe me look up the statistics. The rate is especially high in southern states (known for their religous zeal). All in all sex education should be reinforced but students will continue to have sex regardless of how much it is pushed on them to remain abstinent. Ergo, contraceptives should be readily availiable to prevent tragic stories. I am looking at this from a very unbiased logical point of view. I have taken several psychology courses and I am a virgin myself, and I do not feel the need to have unprotected sex ( or more sex) just because I know there are contraceptives out there for me to use (and emergency contraceptives). the price of getting pregnat is still to high. It is unwise to take all students for "know nothings". People should focus on creating a prevention and safetey net of resources for students in regards to health, not complete ignorance that the government should stay out of it because it might offend people. There should be an opt-in form to have parental approval of possible resources and care their student may recieve. The health care needs (and medications/contraceptives) of the whole entire student body should not be dismissed because of exceptionally religous families. The famlies who oppose it should not force their opinions and judgement on all students when in fact the other students do not have the same "no sex before marriage" beliefs. They themselves should just choose to opt out of it (or the others can choose to opt in).
Too many teenagers in today's modern times are giving birth and having children at such a tender and young ages, and if schools and anyone for that matter are willing to help prevent teen pregnancy from happening, then that should be allowed to be done. Sexual intercourse among young teenagers is pretty much inevitable so we should take action to at least prevent pregnancy.
I am a 17 year old senior in high school, since day one of my freshman year I have been hearing "yea I hooked up with this guy/girl on the weekend." To eyeslikethat, its is not likely that any teen will go to there parents about contraceptives or even thinking about having sex its inevitable. Yes I see the point that it might say parents are approving of their teens sexual activity but think of it this way, there wont be such a concern about std's an teen pregnancies in school. We are in school 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 9 months out of the year we spend most of our time at school. We don't want to go to our parents because we know you all will flip out or give us a lecture. It should be our choice not yours, if we trust you enough to tell you all that we are sexually active that is our choice. In the school that do have contraceptives available in the school it has been statistically proven that the teen pregnancy rate an std rate went down, and that the teen sexual activity rate stayed the same or changed very little. Wouldn't you rather have your teen decide for themselves an make the choice to protect themselves. Instead of being afraid to go to you or ask you for contraceptive and end up with a std or a baby? So parents please think about what is going on in your teens head, they are their own person an have a very different outlook then you do or did on this.
I am an 18 year old attending nor view high school. In my senior year I can count more than seven young ladies who are now teen mothers and struggling to get through high school. In a changing world comes new responsibility and different focal points. Statistics even prove that young ladies who have children at younger ages tend to get lower degrees than women who wait to have children. I know that if I were a parent I would rather have my teen say "I'm interested in birth control?" Than "mommy I'm pregnant."
First of all, I don't believe handing out contraceptives to high schoolers encourages them to have sex. If a high school student wants to have sex, they are going to do it. There is no real way to stop them. Just because you're their parent and say no doesn't mean they're going to listen to you. If they want to, they're going to. And they most likely aren't going to tell you. So in that case, wouldn't you want your son/daughter to be protected? Secondly, parents have no right to be aware of their child's sex life if the son/daughter doesn't want them to know. It's that child's personal life and they shouldn't have to involve anyone besides their partner if they don't want to. Third, birth control is not necessarily harmful to a girls body. If it was then they wouldn't be prescribing it to begin with. They have different forms for different types of girls. Point blank, the students should be allowed to have easy access to it if they are sexually active.
I am a teen myself and I do think condoms should be in schools because it is a very scary subject to talk about with your parents especially if you grew up in a religious environment and everybody telling you from right to wrong it gets you thinking and in the end your going to do what you wanted when it comes down to it teenagers are going to have sex and giving out condoms does not encourage sex but encourages it in safety way. It does not promote sex either because if you don't want to engage in that you will easily say no! It's not the best idea for teenagers to be having sex, I know that now but it happens. I think it's the schools responsibility to teach kids about it, (aside from the parents) instead of just preaching the whole no sex thing. If kids want condoms, they're at least tiring to be safe, so why deny that?
It doesn't make us want to do it more, it actually kind of scares me out of doing it honestly. I think we should be able to get it if we ask, but not be able to abuse the power by going in every single day to get condoms or pills.
I support this idea, as long as the items in question do not require a prescription. Having condoms readily available to young people will promote the practice of safe sex and decrease the rates of teen pregnancies and STDs. Young people often have limited funds and transportation, and therefore may not be able to acquire condoms on their own. Condoms should be readily available to all young people who are sexually active.
I am a teen myself and I think it's very reasonable if the nurses could hand out condoms and other birth controls to students. Kids are going to have sex no matter what. We might as well encourage them to be safe by using condoms. Yes, abstinence is the best way to protect yourself against any STIs or unwanted pregnancy, but some people will have sex anyway, why not offer protection those people will need? School would be the easiest way for them to receive protection. So yes, I am for nurses in high schools handing out condoms to students who are sexually active.
Children have a hard time discussing sex and prevention with their parents. Parents usually over-react, nag and threaten a child by being over-bearing and over-protective. It instills fear in the child. Not many parents have good communication and trust with their children.
Teenagers are going to have sex. By handing out birth control in public schools with parental consent, it promotes safe sex. Many teenagers are afraid to ask for condoms and birth control pills, so they have unprotected sex. Unprotected sex can lead to STD's and pregnancy. When teens who didn't want to be pregnant to begin with conceive, their first thought is abortion. All of this could be prevented if birth control was distributed in public schools.
Children are going to have sex if they want to no matter what their parents tell them. We might as well make sure they have the resources available to them to ensure they stay safe. Children themselves shouldn't be having children or getting diseases that will ruin their lives.
Sex is a very personal thing; and no one, even your parents, has the right to tell you when or who you have sex with for the first time or any other time after that. I am more than sure this apples to most people. Ask yourself: how old were you when you first had sex? Did you consult your parents before? And if you answer 18 or over and yes, you did consult your parents, you need to realize that you are not in the norm. Most other people do not live as you do.
There is nothing wrong with teaching abstinence in schools; however, not all kids are going to abstain from sex. It would be irresponsible not to prepare and protect those who will decide to be sexually active. Any measures that can be taken to prevent pregnancy and disease among teens should be utilized, and offering birth control in schools is one of the ways to do this. It offers an option to those kids who, for example, may not feel comfortable going to there parents or into a drug-store to buy condoms. Why not offer as much guidance to them as possible?
because teenagers like to have fun and want to have sex and they dnt want there parents to find out and also wen kids think they are in love they give there self away to that person
I am also a teenager myself. Some parents are out there not doing what they are supposed to do. Most kids get more involved with the schools nurse, because I myself am very close to them and able to talk to them about anything that comes up. The nurse giving the student a chance to decide whether they want to do is wrong or right is secretly up to them. So kids should be able to receive birth control from the nurse that is in there such school.
Everyone who said you shouldn't distribute birth control, you need to open your eyes. I'm a high school senior, and I lost my virginity when I was fourteen. I come from a nice home and my school is a nice school. I'm not some trashy girl because I am smart and I have a nice heart. I plan on being a doctor one day, and with a 34 on my ACT and being ranked 3rd in my class out of 350 students, I have no doubt I can achieve that. I've never drank alcohol or done any form of drug. My point is, I'm a good teenager. I have had sex though. I lost my virginity the beginning of my freshman year. Even us good kids are doing it, weather you think we are or not. I haven't met more than ten students, my age, who are virgins. Basically what I'm trying to say is suck it up and stop filling your head that we, teenagers, don't have sex. Give us condoms and such! If you don't we're still going to do it.
Unlike doctors and health clinics, school nurses are easily accessible to every student. Many teens do not have the money or the access to utilize services from Planned Parenthood or medical facilities, therefore, schools can help fill that gap by allowing their nurses to advise on birth control. Unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases can have life long negative effects on young people and, therefore, allowing access for those students that need the help would be beneficial to society as a whole.
It doesn't not encourage sex or make it look like its okay, because the student would be asking for it and hopefully schools handing out contraception should be giving sex education lessons. Which will teach students to be responsible and to know what situations they are getting into. If a student asks, the nurse should talk to them and make sure they are making the right decision for them and offer STD tests and pregnancy tests. Isn't it a schools job to be helpful especially during that tricky age of sex, alcohol, drugs and more being pressured. Back to the point, unfortunately some students will have sex, birth control or not. And it would be in the schools best interest to keep them safe.
Complications with birth have become the leading cause of death for girls ages 15-19, I don't know about you but that scares the crap out of me. 16 million girls 15-19 get pregnant, 2 million under 15 give birth every year. The chances of having a stillborn baby is raised by 50% if the mother is under 20. Teenagers aren't developed enough for babies. Yes I do agree that they shouldn't be having sex but the truth of the matter is the more you preach how wrong it is the more they're going to want to do it. If they're going to have sex at least allow them to be safe about it. Don't let your children become another statistic.
There's really no way to stop teens from having sex. The age of abstinence until marriage is just a thing of the past. That's not to say that every high school student will have sex, but many definitely will, and telling them not to won't accomplish anything. It's best that these kids have protection available. I would say that middle school is a bit early to distribute condoms and birth control, but, in high school, it would definitely be for the best.
If teenagers, or any person for that matter, want to do something bad enough they're going to do it. If they can't go about it safely, they'll find another way to do it. Parents need to stop being in such denial with the fact that their kids are having sex and help them instead. Seventy percent of all high schoolers are sexually active. Give them some protection!
Throughout time, kids have always had sex. And the more you tell a kid "no", the more they want to do something. I believe that kids will be doing it, so we as adults might as well make sure they are safe while doing it. Because if we don't supply them with condoms and/or other birth control, they will just keep catching STDs, and wind up pregnant at a young age.
Yes i do believe that they should because some students are having sex and cant tell their parents so they dont know much about protect themselves when it comes sex.Also that way if students do decide to have sex they will be protected.
Many students in middle school and high school have sexual relations, without thinking about the consequences. Many of these students would use protection if it was readily available to them, which would reduce the chances of STDs and pregnancies. School nurses should be able to distribute birth control to help students be responsible and safe.
Even though it may encourage sex, as some may say, teens are still in that stage of curiosity in sexual relations. They'll do it either way. But, in this way, there isn't as much of a chance that the female will get pregnant, STDs, etc. So, there should be condoms distributed, or at least in middle/high school health classes. I am a teen.
It is better to have protected sex then unprotected. If parents havent realized the more you preach and tell your kids not to have sex the more rebellious they get. Kids are going to have sex reguardless there curious. It would help reduce sexually transmitted diseases and the ablortion rates.
There is nothing wrong with having protected sex, and since kids are obviously going to have sex anyway, it is stupid and harmful to society to deny something like this. It may be offensive to some, but the practical benefits far outweigh the distastefulness of the subject matter. If condoms were distributed, it would monumentally decrease the spread of STDs and unwanted pregnancies.
I don't think that if my school offered contraceptives, it would make me any more likely to have sex. I'm simply not ready. I wish people would stop treating me like a mindless sex machine that'll go do what I want because I can, but if I happened to be in the heat of the moment, I would much rather have a condom on hand, just in case.
They are trying to be safe and prevent pregnancies and STDs! Kids nowadays are likely to have sex and this causes today's teen pregnancies. With condoms, students would be unlikely to pick up HIV or any other STD. This would prevent many many things! Myself as a parent of a 12 year old would really like this! Please put them in middle schools!
I believe schools should give out condoms for the practice of safe sex. I know that religion wants you to stay pure, but if you think about it back in the day teens got married at 16 and had two kids by the time they were 20. Nowadays, people expect you to stay pure when some people don't get married till after college which is about 25. If you ask most older people I bet they had sex when they got married but ask when they got married and they say 16 so ask yourself again why adults don't believe teens shouldn't have sex. More than likely they will anyway so why not try to help prevent unwanted pregnancies?
I am a teen that is practicing abstinence, and I know that between the school offering condoms and my friends peer pressuring me to partake in intercourse, I do not know for sure whether or not I could resist the sexual urges brought about by teenage hormones. Also, it is anti-religious to offer condoms in PUBLIC schools, considering that many religions condemn premarital sex, and the government therefore, should not be stepping in and offering it to children.
Schools are meant to teach students, whether it be about History, English, or Mathematics. The purpose of schools is to teach and inform the students about certain criteria. Therefore, school prepares the students for the next step, college or the real life. Now, with this being said, public schools do not freely provide a college acceptance for their students. By this I mean that the public schools inform students about the college experience but do not guarantee or supply a student's acceptance to one. In comparison, contraceptives should not be offered, just like college accceptance is not freely offered in public schools. Personally, I encourage better sex education since the purpose of a school is to teach! Just as a public school would not provide a student's acceptance to a college, but rather education on college, a public school should not provide contraceptives, but education on sex. If students want contraceptives, let them go to where it is meant to be offered, clinics.
Only parents should have those rights. By giving a child forms of birth control yes you are encouraging safe sex however you are also encouraging a child to have sex. If you are in a relationship that is serious then you can hold off until you are old enough to get married.
It's as simple as that. Talk to your parents about it. Think everything through before engaging in sexual activity. And I must criticize the opening statement of g0thik0rgi on the "Yes" side: if it is to abstinence you are referring to as a "moral code" and that preventing teen pregnancies and the spread of STDs is more important than such, wouldn't your statement be contradicting itself seeing that abstinence is the best way to prevent teen pregnancies and the spread of STDs, and the fact that "they already are" having sex is simply the result of adults not "enforcing" abstinence on their kids in the first place?
By giving condoms you are giving tacit approval for adolescent sexual behavior....Instead of spending education dollars on sex aids the money would be better spent on reviving the art, music, and shop classes that have been eliminated due to fiscal restraints...
There are other ways to obtain birth control other than at high school and middle school. In school, the students should be informed and warned about the dangers of having sex at such a young age and with many partners. They should be taught about STD's and pregnancy risks that are even present while using condoms and birth control pills. Having to actually go get the contraceptives from the store is one more hurdle the students have to climb over before they can have the safe sex. Yes, some students are going to just have sex, but some if they were correctly informed, would stay away from sex especially if it was un-safe sex. The best way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and STD's is to teach students the benefits of not being sexually active in high school and the dis-advantages of having sex partners in high school. For the students who are going to have sex no matter what there are other options to obtain the birth control, but having high schools passing the contraceptives out to the students makes the students more likely to have sex.
by giving students condoms you are showing them that sex is okay at a young age. There should be somewhere students should be able to pick them up but students showed not be handed condoms.
Although condoms are not as dangerous, birth control can ruin a young person's body that has not reached full development. When a minor takes birth control, they hinder the development of their female organs. The damage done to the female organs has, in most cases, is so severe that the young female will be unable to produce children when ready to years down the road. I believe it is unacceptable to be making such harmful medicine available to MINORS.
Although there are many underage children who make decisions to have sex, doing something like giving middle school and high school children condoms or other forms of birth control should only be done with the consent of parents. Giving children these items makes it seem like adults are approving of their action and, as children, the approving action should be done by the parents.
being a young mother at the age of 18 now but having my son at 16 i would have to say it is a bad idea. I was given out birth control in school and it just mad em think well if im using condoms and birth control they dont care! looking back no i wish i would have been more educated on sex and everything that comes with it rather than a few health classes on stds and pregnancy! the classes were COMMON SENSE...I feel that giving away birthcontrol and condoms is like just telling young kids to go and have sex, the young mind cannot process what it really means to be sexually active.
All the distribution of condoms and other contraceptives to middle and high school students does is normalize sex amongst themselves. It promotes sex among adolescents. America was built on its morals, and sex from middle school is not one of them. The government has no place in distributing these materials to students.
If given condoms and other contraceptives at school they may think that it is ok to be engaged in sexual activities. They may tend to be engaged in these activities on the school premises. Giving teens condoms is like saying to them : "It's ok to have premature /premarital sex. Go ahead. You've got protection do your thing."
Children are ill prepared to understand the implications of sex or sexual conduct. By providing condoms and birth control, our schools are encouraging irresponsible behavior in children. The role of educators is not to undermine a child's relationship with family, but to provide equal access to an education. Sexual conduct at such an early age can have a devastating impact on a child's self worth. Sexual conduct with a minor is still considered illegal in most states. So, why would our society accept distribution of birth control to minor children? Aren't we sending two different messages ... It's illegal, but go ahead and do it.
Contraceptives sometimes pressure a young girl or make her believe that since they are available she does not have to worry. Starting in 1991 schools started handing out condoms to students and now by 2012 schools are handing out birth control pills to them. (Rich Lowry) This pressures the female in two ways first the male can say your parents will never know, or if the male partner forgets a condom, all she has to do is go to school the next day and get the morning after pill. This is a problem because it forces the girl into an awkward position that leaves her no room for escape because of all the options that are available. By some schools there are clinics that help deal with this problem. The newspaper USA Today says that “Since the move, student use of the clinic has almost doubled.”
I disagree that school nurses be allowed to distribute condoms and other birth control aids to students. It'll unnecessarily divert students from their focus, and they would be more ready to indulge in sexual activities. When in relationship, they would think more about sex rather than concentrating on their studies. By not allowing nurses to provide the birth control aids, we would at least deter them from entering in intercourse too often.
First of all, whether or not SOME parents believe that providing birth control at schools DOES'NT encourage sexual activity, they are WRONG. Being a teen myself, if my school were to go and start giving out birth control, I myself would definitely want to try sex (just want- id try not to) but I can GUARANTEE that 90% of my friends would do it. Right now there might be students that are already active- and that is THEIR CHOICE; However, what about the high school students that are trying to wait? The middle school students that probably dont know about it? Or the parents that are desperately trying to help their kids to remain abstinent? Those kids are going to change their minds if sex is basically put on the table with a note that says "Here, no consequences." Furthermore, pregnancy is not the only thing that could happen to a student who is sexually active. It's been PROVEN that sexual activity creates an emotional bond that is almost impossible to push past, and can leave many teens feeling worthless and depressed when they lose the person they had that bond with. After all, how many students are honestly going to end up marrying their high or middle school sex buddy? NOT MANY. As far as I'm concerned, THE HUMAN RACE HAS LOST IT'S MORALS. If this were to be proposed in the 1930's or 1950's (when people were more strict, religious, or what i call smart) it probably wouldn't have been accepted. THE SCHOOLS SHOULD NOT PROVIDE BIRTH CONTROL, AND INSTEAD SHOULD FOCUS ON PROVIDING BETTER SEX ED!
Nurses in school have no business giving out condoms to kids, period. That is the same as condoning underage sex. Schools might have somewhat of an obligation to teach sex education, but advocating the practice of it is another matter altogether. Young people should learn that there are sometimes life altering consequences to having sex. Pregnancy isn't the only one. They should teach abstinence. Tell them to wait until they are older and more mature. Sex isn't an after-school activity. I don't know why it is considered so commonplace for kids in high school to be having sex. That to me is a big problem. Don't hand out condoms and give the 'go for it' impression.
Kids need to see how high they can score on their PSAT's and I.Q.'s, NOT how high of a number they can get into the sack. How many parents would actually not care to catch their child "in the process"? I guess a lot of "Yes" voters don't care if their child has as many partners equaling their age.