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Condom distribution in schools condones promiscuity and incre

English Four

Tuesday, January 7,1997

CONDOM DISTRIBUTION IN SCHOOLS CONDONES

PROMISCUITY AND INCREASES TEEN PREGNANCIES

A majority of high schools in the United States do not distribute condoms to students.

Those few schools that do provide condoms state their reason that in doing so, they will safely

decrease the number of teen pregnancies and cases of sexually transmitted diseases. But if

students are exposed to condom distribution, they will get the idea that premarital sex is okay,

and will do it without consideration. Statistics showing the condom failure rate turn the belief of

reducing teen pregnancies around. Distributing condoms in schools condones promiscuity and

increases teen pregnancies.

Condoms were invented to provide a barrier for protection against pregnancy and

sexually transmitted diseases. Since then, other forms of birth control have been introduced and

proven more reliable than condoms. Depo-Provera, "The Pill", and Norplant are such methods.

Every day, sex education classes promote condoms as means of safe sex or a least safer sex. But

research on condoms provides no such guarantee. Texas researcher Susan Weller reports that

condoms are only 87 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. Condoms do appear to be

effective in preventing pregnancy when used "correctly and consistently". Most individuals,

however, do not use them "correctly and consistently". In a municipal hospital family planning

clinic, 36 percent of 106 people experienced condom breakage, and five percent of the women's

unplanned pregnancies were attributed to broken condoms. A high school student cannot afford

the risk of becoming pregnant.

The Catholic Church states that sex exists for means of expressing love between two

people and creation only, and frowns upon premarital sex or sexual intercourse without using a

contraceptives. Catholic values state that abstinence should be practived and is the safest

method of birth control there is.

Sexual promiscuity should not be taken as lightly as it is. Movies, songs, and television

give messages that sexual promiscuity is "cool and attractive". If condoms are distributed in

school, students would be living the life of a soap opera star. They see it as a way to be cool and

protected at the same time. First, reputations and feelings are at risk, and second, students are

risking teen pregnancy.

Today's teenagers face many pressures in their life including school, parents, friends and

attitude. Society has been sending mixed messages to teens on sex. Parents tell their children to

wait, while the media says "Go ahead and do it". If parents and sex educators teach students that

they should wait, providing condoms in schools will pressure teens into sex earlier, increasing

the number of sexually active students.

Sexual promiscuity should not be taken as lightly as it is. Movies, songs, and television

give messages that sexual promiscuity is "cool and attractive". If condoms are distributed in

school, students would be living the life of a soap opera star. They see it as a way to be cool and

protected at the same time. First, reputations and feelings are at risk, and second, students are

risking teen pregnancy.

Surprisingly, many schools throughout the United States adopt abstinence-only programs.

The enthusiasm for these programs is well evident. Although the message of abstinence is

criticized by some as inadequate, there are good reasons for promotion of abstinence. Teenagers

want to learn about abstinence; not "everyone's doing it". In 1992, Center for Disease Control

found that 43 percent of teenagers ages 14 to 17 had engaged in sexual intercourse at least once.

This is less than half, which means that a majority of teens are not doing it. Abstinence prevents

pregnancy. For example, the San Marcos Junior High in San Marcos, California, adopted an

abstinence-only program developed by Teen-Aid. The curriculum dropped the school's

pregnancy rate from 147 to 20 within a two-year period.

America faces a long road ahead of them in fighting disease and poverty. The battle may

never be won, but our children, the future leaders of the United States, need to be set on the right

path before we can begin our road to victory.



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