Some teens and even pre-teens have sex and some of them get pregnant. In those cases, if you could go back in time and force the couple to use a condom, that pregnancy would have been prevented. But if you could go back in time, why not stop the pre-teens from having sex altogether? In many states (all of them?) it is illegal for pre-teens to be involved in sexual activity. This would especially be true if the girl was very young and she was seduced/pressured/raped by an older male. So, because we can imagine preventing pregnancies by condoms, some people decide that encouraging the use of condoms will discourage pregnancy. This is bad reasoning. Encouraging the use of condoms could easily encourage more sexual activity without actually getting the condoms used correctly and consistently. If people are encouraged into a life of sexual activity then they are very likely to get pregnant in a year or two even with an attempt to use condoms. So what is the Oregon School District thinking? From Reuters: “Oregon school district to offer condoms to students starting in 6th grade.”
An Oregon school district plans to offer condoms to students starting in sixth grade as part of an updated sex education policy aimed at decreasing teen pregnancy, sparking debate over whether 11-year-olds are too young for such a program.
The plan by the rural Gervais School District comes after a 2013 survey by nursing students found that 7 percent of district high school girls had experienced pregnancy and 42 percent of students reported “never” or “sometimes” using protection.
“Over the past few decades, teen pregnancy in our community has remained somewhat constant, but higher than the board felt comfortable with,” Superintendent Rick Hensel said in a blog post dated Monday.
But if you want to decrease pregnancy why not discourage sex? The age of consent in Oregon is 18 (there is a three-year range exception so minors will not be prosecuted for having sex with minors who close in age). You would think, with that kind of legal framework, that state institutions would feel free to tell teens to “Just say no.” And what does this have to do with 11-year-olds?
The board decided to include middle school students because the middle and high schools are close in proximity and run by the same administration – and because middle school girls are getting pregnant too.
“Every few years, a middle school student either becomes pregnant or is associated with a pregnancy,” he said. “The board felt that the curriculum should reach the students of the middle school.”
So, aside from the stupid “proximity” argument, because they have a pregnancy once every few years now condoms have to be made available to all students. How are they going to inform these students of the availability of condoms without basically communicating that they are welcome to have sex at that age? Once you have more sexual activity among 11- and 12-year-olds, do you really think they are going to use those condoms correctly every time just because they are free from the school? I predict Gervais School District is about to have a baby boom. Or, sickeningly, an abortion boom.