for your note to FEMINIST.COM--and
for your support of teenagers'
rights to get birth control
without their parents' permission.
I look at it this way--whether
we want to admit it or not,
teenagers are having sex--often
at what I consider a very young
age--12 or so. However, when
I was almost that young and
having sex, I didn't think of
myself as that young.
The point is that teenagers
are going to have sex whether
or not it's appropriate/acceptable
for them to do so. Then, the
most we can hope for is that
they have safe/protected sex--to
prevent unwanted/planned pregnancies
and the spread of sexually transmitted
diseases. If we put barriers
in the way of teenagers--such
as parental consent for birth
control--then they will simply
take greater risks rather than
stop having sex. Therefore,
it's important that we leave
this right and with it information,
in the hands of the kids rather
than the adults.