CNN reports that a Maine middle school is starting to make birth-control pills accessible to middle-schoolers after a recent rash of pregnancies.
I can just hear the Christian community clucking their collective tongue. Now don’t get me wrong, I am 100% Christian, but I also know the harsh fact that 95% of Americans have premarital sex. So instead of sticking our heads in the sand, I think we should make birth control more readily available.
“But won’t that send the message that we’re approving of them having premarital sex?”
I don’t know the answer to that. Maybe. But the way I see it, making birth control available is a far lesser ‘evil’ than having these girls get pregnant, then sneaking off to get abortions.
I really don’t know how to handle this issue with my kids. Of course I don’t want them to have premarital sex … good grief, what parent would? But I also know about raging teenage hormones and the fact that the best of intentions can slip away in a moment of passion. And as a child of very strict parents, I know that nothing short of keeping a child in a cage can prevent a kid from sneaking around and doing what they want.
Thank God we don’t have to have this conversation with our kids for years to come.