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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    Embarrassment can be a barrier to kids obtaining condoms. I remember I had to overcome a lot of fear of being seen by someone I knew when I got some for the first time.
    So go to a town where no one knows you and buy them, or go buy some in a gas station bathroom where no one can see you.

    Do you really think that the kids who are embarrassed to buy condoms will be any less embarrassed to go ask for free ones?
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    While I am fine with distributing free condoms, there is one aspect that bothers me.

    It probably wouldn't save any money in government welfare programs because, well... due to baseline budgeting and the such government programs simply don't go backward in funding.
    If you claim sexual harassment to be wrong, yet you defend anyone on your side for any reason,
    then you are a hypocrite and everything you say on the matter is just babble.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    No, they are not highly effective. That's the point. People believe every word of what you just said, but the truth is condoms fail at alarmingly high rates, even when used correctly and in conjunction with other forms of protection.
    You are badly misinformed about the effectiveness of various forms of birth control.

    Pregnancy rates for condoms on average are 18 out of 100 over the course of a year.
    Rates for couples who always use condoms correctly are 2 out of 100.

    Pregnancy rates for birth control pills on average are 9 out of 100 over the course of a year.
    Rates for couples who use them correctly all the time are less than 1 out of 100.

    These rates are certainly not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but they are much lower than the rate of pregnancy among women using no method of birth control, which is 85 in 100.

    Information like you're putting forth is a contributor to why some teens don't use birth control. They've been told wrongly that it's not very effective, so they figure why bother.

    Quote Originally Posted by ksu_aviator View Post
    If you and your partner(s) use condoms and birth control CORRECTLY for five years, you will get pregnant. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. Pregnancy is guaranteed...GUARANTEED! Education does need to start with this fact. Condoms don't prevent pregnancy, they just reduce the frequency.
    Really? Because my wife and I had sex regularly for over 7 years using condoms every time, and birth control about half the time, and she didn't get pregnant at all. So much for that theory.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    Only 8-11% of 2 year olds have not had sex by age 22. (In many cases, not by choice I suspect) You are unusual. Policies need to be based on reality, not on the behavior of a small portion of the population.
    Or people should just learn to use some self-control.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hard Truth View Post
    Its not about keeping the kids from being embarrassed, it is about removing the barriers that keep kids from obtaining condoms when they need them.
    So...

    what about putting vending machines in high school bathrooms then...but it's asinine for taxpayers to pay for something that the recipients can easily afford?

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Or people should just learn to use some self-control.
    While that would be great, it's not that realistic to expect it to happen. Teens have always lacked self control, and teenage pregnancy has always been fairly common.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    While that would be great, it's not that realistic to expect it to happen. Teens have always lacked self control, and teenage pregnancy has always been fairly common.
    Most of that is the fault of the parents.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    I don't really think it's necessary. It's not like condoms are that expensive. Even if you buy them one at a time from a gas station vending machine, they're only like a buck apiece. If you buy a box of 12 they're less than half that. I can't imagine that many teens are having so much sex they can't afford that. Which leads me to believe that if they aren't already using them, despite their low cost, they aren't much more likely to use free ones.
    As I showed in previous posts with statistics and links, free condoms are proven to be effective and do not encourage additional sexual activity.

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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by davidtaylorjr View Post
    Most of that is the fault of the parents.
    Some of it, sure. But parents can only do so much. Teens want to have sex. Their bodies are screaming for them to do it. Those signals can be hard to ignore, no matter how good a job your parents did in teaching you to be careful.
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    Re: Should teenagers be given free condoms?

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    So...

    what about putting vending machines in high school bathrooms then...but it's asinine for taxpayers to pay for something that the recipients can easily afford?
    That's good enough for me as long as the prices are low.

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