California’s new and controversial initiative sends teenagers free sexual protections to promote safe sex. But opponents believe that it gives teenagers free sex.
A new program in California that helps teens have angry parents with safe sex who believe the initiative gives their children a free license to do the job.
A condom access project administered by TeenSource.org, a branch of the California Non-Profit Family Health Council, which was launched on Valentine’s Day during National Condom Week. The program sends 10 condoms, lubricants and a health brochure to adolescents who request it. The free package arrives even in apparent circumstance.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention UU They estimate that 40% of adolescents aged 15 to 19 have had sex. The same study reported that about half of women and 88.5 percent of men reported using condoms each time they had sex the previous month.
TeenSource says the program is an alternative to buying expensive condoms at a pharmacy or picking up at a clinic, which can be uncomfortable for some teens.
However, opponents of the program say that helping teenagers register free contraception encourages them to register. “I think the vast majority of parents in Kern County do not think it’s a good idea,” said Linda Davis, executive director of the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center, which encourages abstinence. “I do not think your children have the courage to order them.”
However, the creators of the program insist that the program is necessary to promote safer sex among adolescents. “We can not keep our heads in the sand and pretend there’s no problem,” said Amy Moi, deputy director of public affairs for the Family Health Council. “We know that teenagers are involved and we want to make sure they are as safe as possible.”
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