School Contraceptives by Simone Sancez

1 Dec

In a conventional nurse’s office, there are the basic necessities: band-aids, tampons, Advil, and so on. But what if the school’s health office started providing birth control and pregnancy tests for sexually active students?  For New York City public school students, their schools have made birth control pills available for them without parental consent. There has been a lot of controversy concerning this issue and both sides have their own concerns and sentiments. Today, 21 states allow minors to acquire contraceptives without their parent’s consent and 25 other states allow it under certain conditions. The sex-talk is buzzing and becoming a highly debated topic across the country.

On one side, the parents are against the schools providing contraceptives for multiple different reasons. For one, they believe that with the school allowing the students to obtain these contraceptives without parental consent, it disrupts the sacredness of the family. In their minds, sex should be discussed within the family and if they are not mature enough to discuss it with their own family, then maybe they should not be having sex in the first place. Also, the parents feel that if the schools provide this for the students, then they are basically telling them to go out and become sexually active. Since the morning-after pill is also available to them, the schools seem to be providing all the necessities for students to partake in sex. Lastly, on the medical standpoint, families are worried about the risks of contraceptives on the body. With the student’s bodies undergoing changes every day, who knows what effect it will have on their developing systems. Since they will most likely be providing a generic brand, it will not be specific to their individual needs. On the other hand, those who support the school’s providing birth control feel it will benefit the students. These supporters believe that the students have the right to obtain condoms, birth control, etc. They believe that some students are either too scared to ask their parents about contraceptives, cant afford them, or aren’t comfortable confiding in them about it and with the schools providing it for them, they are able to decide for themselves whether it is necessary or not. This decision should be based on whether or not the students believe they are ready to become sexually active.

In my opinion, I think both sides make valid points. I think it is a good idea that schools want to inform their students of the precautions they must take if they are sexually active and the fact that they are available for students who need them is smart, because if they can’t obtain them, they wont use them at all. But I also think the parents have a right to know what is going on in their child’s life, especially something as serious as a teen pregnancy. And even discussing the topic of contraceptives is an advantage all on its own. If a child knows they have support and can gather the courage to discuss with their parents about becoming sexually active, then parents can at least find comfort in knowing their child is mature enough to confide in them. Either way I believe both sides address the issues that are affecting parents and teenagers everywhere, and the fact that it is even being discussed shows how serious this matter is being taken.

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3 Responses to “School Contraceptives by Simone Sancez”

  1. Tamara Altowaiji December 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    I believe that public schools should provide contraceptives, but not all of them. I think condoms should be provided; the plan B pill and birth control should not. I think this because, like Simone brought up, these pills do have certain effects on the body that should be discussed with a doctor before being used. Also, every family is different, so some parents will never talk to their teenagers about sex. These teens need options or they will be just another teen parent.

  2. Emily Frazier December 3, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    I understand that parents should have a say in their child’s health, but when it comes to something as personal as sex, i think the right to confidentiality belongs with the individual. I think Simone makes a valid point when she argues that birth control pills and Plan B can be dangerous to some young bodies and should be prescribed to directly by a professional to fit the individual’s body type, but i think the benefit outweighs the risk. Bottom line is that teenagers are going to have sex, they are going to keep secrets, and providing them tools and information to make their encounters as safe as possible is our best choice.

  3. Rachelle Lonvera December 3, 2012 at 5:32 am #

    I believe that both sides bring valid arguments. However, a parent should have the right to know what kind of pills they are putting into their body, Like SImone said, these drugs must be tailored to each individual because they can have different effects on a teenagers body. It is irresponsible for the school to just give out these kinds of substances without the consent of the parent. I agree with Tamara that schools should provide some contraceptives, like condoms. The reality is, many teenagers are going to have sex and they need to have the proper resources to ensure that they don’t become pregnant or contract an STD. However, providing birth control and plan B pills is taking a step in the wrong direction and will only promote sex.

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