Oregon School to Hand Out Condoms


Here’s a story I love. A school in Oregon has voted to allow teachers to hand out condoms to students starting in the 6th grade, in response to a rash of pregnancies over the last couple years. Good. Study after study shows that access to birth control reduces pregnancy.

A school district in Marion County has decided to allow some teachers to make condoms available to students as young as sixth-graders.

Gervais is a town of about 2,500 people north of Salem, near Woodburn. Superintendent Rick Hensel said he and the board are concerned about teen pregnancy because nine students got pregnant this year, including one middle-school girl.

That added up to about 5 percent of the girls in grades six through 12 in the small school district.

And you know who should be the first ones to support this policy? Those who are anti-abortion. But they won’t. They’ll scream about how horrible it is. Because their goal is not to reduce abortion, it’s to control female sexuality.

Comments

  1. D. C. Sessions says

    If there weren’t any abortions, what would they do to keep the troops marching in lockstep?

  2. raven says

    wikipedia:

    The racial makeup of the city was 52.4% White, 0.6% African American, 3.7% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 38.0% from other races, and 4.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 67.1% of the population.

    5% of the school girls getting pregnant is a problem.

    According to the Fount of Almost All Wisdom, Gervais is 67.1% Latino. The Willamette valley is an agricultural area so I assume some of these are farm workers.

    wikipedia:

    About 13.3% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.9% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.

    It’s not especially poverty stricken though. 20.9% of children living in poverty is high but not that high. It is 26% for Texas.

    I suppose handing out condoms is better than nothing. But it is treating a symptom, not the underlying problem. Teenage pregnancy is correlated and causal with lifelong poverty. It’s hard enough being poor, female and Hispanic without adding teenage mother to the mix.

  3. says

    Does the school have anything in place to teach the students how to use them properly? As Raven pointed out, teen pregnancy is often a symptom (although my understanding is that this is tied more to poor access to information than specifically class or opportunity.)

  4. says

    CONDOMS?!!! SATANS RAINCOAT?!!! WHAT THEY SHOULD BE HANDING OUT IS JESUS BUT YOU LIBERALS WONT LET GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS DO THAT ANYMORE!!! FOG THE ISSUE ALL YOU WANT WITH YOUR “FACTS” AND “STATISTICS” BUT THOSE ASIDE THE LORD WORKED BACK THEN AND HE CAN WORK NOW AND IF HE DOESNT THAT JUST MEANS WE ARENT FORCING ENOUGH JESUS IN BETWEEN OUR RUTTING TEENS!!!

  5. raven says

    CONDOMS?!!! SATANS RAINCOAT?!!! WHAT THEY SHOULD BE HANDING OUT IS JESUS …

    Wait a minute?

    How reliable are Jesus (TM) brand condoms?

    Hmmm, OTOH, I’m sensing a marketing opportunity here. They might well be wildly popular among the fundie teenagers. After all, in their world, Jesus is all powerful and can do anything.

  6. Jackie the wacky says

    In some schools in KY high school students can request condoms and they will be placed discreetly in their lockers.There is no sex ed taught here, because our state is run by complete idiots, but the school administration knows that if they want students to stay in school, they have to do something to help them prevent unwanted pregnancies.

    I’d prefer that they taught comprehensive sex ed and gave out condoms, or even had them in vending machines in the halls, but it’s better than nothing at all.

  7. sabrekgb says

    The frequent overlap of anti-choice and anti-contraception has always screamed to me that the goal of such people isn’t, at heart, to reduce abortions. When i speak with people who hold those opinions, i try to make sure i bring it up…I’m surprised at how mentally slippery they become when it is brought up, or how they simply decide not to see the disconnect.

    “End abortion! Free condoms for all!” I may have to go make a protest sign…

  8. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Oregon School to Hand Out Condoms

    Good for it.

    Every HS should do that really.

    Not that I personally would ever have needed tous e ‘em but still.

  9. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Coathanger lobby.

    Not “pro-life”, not anti-choice even tho’ they are that.

    They want women to suffer and die by suing coathangers and suchlike illegal methods when (NOT *if*) they need abortions.

    Becoz they are fucking scum with no empathy or thought of how they ‘d fare in the zact same circumstances thats’ why.

    Deplorable, heartless, fucked up fuckwits that they are.

    (.. & yeah, *I* may be fiucked up too but I ain’t *That* . fucked up,.)

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