Should High Schools Have Morning-After Pills? Unfortunately, YES

Yesterday I read an article on NBC New York’s website, which stated the following:

The New York City Department of Education is making the morning-after-pill available to high school girls at 13 public schools. The DOE says girls as young as 14 will be able to get the Plan B emergency contraception without parental consent. Parents have been notified about the CATCH pilot program and how their daughters can opt out of it. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she supports the program because high school students are sexually active and getting pregnant. The city says about 7,000 girls get pregnant by the time they reach the age of 17. NYC schools already distribute free condoms to students.

As much as I’m saddened to say this as a grown ass man with A LOT of little goddaughters running around the place, and who PROBABLY will have a daughter sometime in the [preferably FAR] future, I actually think this idea is very useful to preventing UNWANTED pregnancies. But if we’re gonna have a serious discussion about this topic we must retain the ability to be EXTREMELY honest about the state of our children’s sexual activities, or else this conversation will be completely pointless. The reality is that MANY high school students (as young as grade nine) are out here getting it in, and the teen pregnancy rates MORE than confirm that, so let’s not even embrace the anti-intellectual ideology that Plan B pills will INCREASE the level of sexual interaction, because that’s a BULLSH*T fallacy. Teens are horny and they want some nani/richard and giving them condoms WHILE in high school was one of the best things we could have done for them – so why not take it to the further extent and get plan B?

The reality of teen sex is that much of it is marked by irresponsibility, especially since its’s KIDS trying to get their grown-ass adult vibe on and have sex like big mature people, yet constantly make stupid, immature mistakes like believing the PULL-OUT method is a SUCCESSFUL way to prevent pregnancy.

But I’m willing to concede that this idea should NOT be done, IF it’s opposers can create a realistic game-plan on how we can SIGNIFICANTLY reduce TEEN SEX, because that’s the REAL crux of the issue. We can all sit here and debate whether young girls are mature enough to get morning-after pills or handle condoms, but when are we going to address the FACT that they want to crush a lot? So, should the morning after pill be made available to high school students? In a perfect world, NO, because they would be too busy studying and eating their Wheaties to worry about sex – but since we DON’T live in a perfect world, reducing teen pregnancy needs to be handled in a grown, forthright and brutally honest manner – so give them their pills [with an optional ass-whooping attached].

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When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.

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