and she will wake up with babies
Much to my delight, however, they seemed to be actively interested in the news. Following a clip of a discussion on Sarah Palin’s merits and qualities (including comments on her family situation), the guys in the shop gave laughs of incredulity and one of them posed the question to the general audience of the customers: “How’s she going to tell us how we should raise our families when she can’t even raise her own? If she would have been acting like the parent she wants the rest of the country to be, maybe her own daughter wouldn’t be pregnant!”
Needless to say, I was wonderfully surprised and encouraged by the guys’ comments. (I’m also wonderfully surprised and encouraged to see the ubiquitousness of Obama bumper stickers on Tennesseans’ cars.)
It just always amazes me that people really do think that abstinence-only sex education works. I understand the concern behind teaching it: in a perfect society, kids wouldn’t have sex until they were married and/or prepared (financially, emotionally, physically) to bear the responsibilities of parenthood. Unfortunately, for most of us, we do not live in a perfect society, and while maybe that’s the way it should be, that is certainly not how the world actually operates.
I understand the concern behind teaching responsible sex education, also: If we teach them how to do it, kids undoubtedly will.
But I think it works in both ways. Whether we teach kids how to be sexually responsible, or whether we teach kids to abstain from sexual activity until they are married, some, if not most kids are still going to have sex, or at the very least, they’re going to experiment.
Why not give them access to the knowledge they need to protect themselves from pregnancy and disease? Why not explain, at the same time, that sex shouldn’t be had willy-nilly, and that abstaining from sex is a very mature and responsible decision? But, should a kid choose to have sex, as increasingly, many are doing, why not provide them with access to contraception and information?
It kills me that, in general, the same people who are ardently pro-life, are also the same people who insist on teaching abstinence-only sex education. I’m by no means in favor of more abortions. What I am highly in favor of, however, is preventing the need to have an abortion in the first place – by teaching people how to protect themselves from an unwanted or unexpected pregnancy.
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