We all know kids who are underage are going to have sex. It’s 100% inevitable. To leave these children unprotected is simply not an option. Being relatively young (18) I know for a fact that if I were to be given a condom at a younger age (say 15-16) I wouldn’t do anything with it except perhaps open it up to look at it or simply toss it away. As a a matter of fact, condoms are often times distributed at events such as the state fair here in New York. I am given one every year by a booth in one of the several buildings. The fact of the matter is, if a minor is not ready for sex, they will not participate in the act of sex. A minor who is interested in sex will participate in it. It’s that simple. Condoms are HARDLY a solicitation for sex. If a minor wants to have sex and is unprepared, it’s just downright foolish to deny them protection. Albeit Illegal for a minor to have sex, and even considered immoral by some, it isn’t right to let them go unprotected. You can’t stop minors from having sex, it’s nearly impossible. Sorry, Charley, but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. If you’re willing to sacrifice the safety and well being of a minor for the sake of pride/religion/beliefs, then I respect that decision but I do not at all agree with it.
Education about sex is the key to safety about sex. It’s elementary. Reading over some of the ‘No’ responses, I understand the difficulty some people have as parents or even just normal folks have taking up the side of this debate that agrees with public organizations and schools distributing condoms. However, the plain and simple fact is that no minor should be denied protection when, in every last scenario, underage sex occurs. We cannot think that as adults we are the only ones who have the right to sexual protection. To do so would cause a world of chaos and a dimming light for our future as a people. Some argue that it is not the giving of the condoms but the message giving away condoms gives. The message to me has always been perfectly clear: “We want you to be safe. If you choose to have sex, use a condom.” These organizations aren’t doing this to make people angry. The message is not “Hey kids! Have all the sex you want! Condoms on us, go nuts!” These organizations are causes for the greater good. If children were not allowed access to condoms, think of the rate of teen pregnancy, abortion, and drop-out rates that would sky-rocket. Nobody wants those things. To protect our minors is to protect our future, and we can accomplish protection by the distribution of condoms in local organizations and schools. Many of the ‘No’ arguements are blaming parents for children having sex. Well, believe it or not, sometimes kids aren’t going to believe in what you believe in. Some kids think for themselves. It’s nobody’s fault, its just the way it is. That’s just my two cents on the issue.