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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Just a thought - if the government gives out a free condom and it fails, resulting in a teen pregnancy, is the government then liable for all costs related to that pregnancy since they passed out a defective product and two teens suffered because of that negligence?

    I see the American trial lawyers bar salivating at the possibilities.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    I'm really torn on this issue. Both sides make great points. On the one hand, it could be a complete waste of money and like others have noted, providing free condoms doesn't take the place of education and informed decisions. Sex isn't just about getting pregnant or getting a disease. There are emotional attachments involved and social stigma. It's so much more complicated than "let's give them free condoms."

    On the other hand, if it could prevent even SOME unwanted teen pregnancies and prevent at least some from collecting services from the government, it could be a worthwhile endeavor.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    It's no just about preventing pregnancies, it's also about preventing sexually transmitted diseases
    Should children be expected to pay for their own flu jabs and measles vaccinations out of their own allowance?

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    ...Adding: I also think it's offensive and extremely UNTRUE that 'everyone's going to do it anyway' . . . that's bull.

    Perhaps that's the problem - we undermine the intelligence and decision making abilities of people too much in this area and just boil down the activity of sex as if it doesn't have a bigger purpose and don't expect people to exercise wise decision, care, thought, and maturity.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    No disrespect, but so what? It never included teens and tweens with cellphones and/or Iphones or Ipads or whatever either so that mommy and daddy could keep track of and indulge their little terrors. Times change, but personal responsibility for your own life and the lives of your offspring is eternal. The details may change, but not the principle.
    I agree that parents have a responsibility to their children. But quite frankly alot of parents are worse parents today than they were then. If they didn't do it then why would they do it now? Get my point?
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Homer. View Post
    It's no just about preventing pregnancies, it's also about preventing sexually transmitted diseases
    Should children be expected to pay for their own flu jabs and measles vaccinations out of their own allowance?
    A condom costs a buck - what teenager in North America/Europe cannot afford a buck to have sex?

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    A condom costs a buck - what teenager in North America/Europe cannot afford a buck to have sex?
    Exactly

    If someone wants to be careless enough to not care we shouldn't encourage that - we should take numerous actions to inform and hold them to a higher standard. I don't believe in just giving in and letting so-n-so have an easier, less stressful time.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I agree that parents have a responsibility to their children. But quite frankly alot of parents are worse parents today than they were then. If they didn't do it then why would they do it now? Get my point?
    I agree that a lot of parents are worse at parenting today than parents in the past - that, however, is a direct result of the idiotic concept that once the kid pops out he/she becomes the responsibility of the state - for some reason, parents today believe that they gain all the government benefits of successful child-birth but carry none of the responsibility of tending to the needs and growth of that child through to adulthood. At every stage of child growth, parents today are looking to the government to provide the parenting - childcare, breakfast programs, schooling, extra-curricular activities, summer programs, etc. etc. and now sex education, counselling and condoms.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Invisible View Post
    I don't see why not. I mean, the stats show that teens are gonna have sex anyway, so we might as well make sure they have protected sex.
    Obviously the question only asks about free condoms but teen pregnancies, STD's, etc. were not significant problems when I was growing up and people were held more responsible for their actions. These programs make sex acceptable and encourage more of it.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    I agree that a lot of parents are worse at parenting today than parents in the past - that, however, is a direct result of the idiotic concept that once the kid pops out he/she becomes the responsibility of the state - for some reason, parents today believe that they gain all the government benefits of successful child-birth but carry none of the responsibility of tending to the needs and growth of that child through to adulthood. At every stage of child growth, parents today are looking to the government to provide the parenting - childcare, breakfast programs, schooling, extra-curricular activities, summer programs, etc. etc. and now sex education, counselling and condoms.
    Good morning, CJ.

    : Do you know offhand when this idiocy began? Most of the people I know still feel they are responsible for their offspring until they reach age 18, even when they get an argument from said offspring that "my friends' parents allow their kids to ...._______" fill in the blank here. : :

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