In an effort to decrease teen pregnancy, the Provincetown schools said they will give free condoms to any student in grades 1 through 12 that asks for one. The policy also states that parents cannot tell the school to refuse their child a condom.
The superintendent said that although the condoms will be available to 1st graders, they most likely don't know what they are and won't be asking for them. Should we worry if they do start asking for them? The goal is to prevent kids from getting pregnant. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy states that 3 our of 10 teenage girls in the US gets pregnant before the age of 20, resulting in 750,000 teen pregnancies annually. Many parents worry, however, that by making condoms available to elementary aged kids, that we are giving the message that is OK to have sex at such a young age. Other parents say that kids will have sex regardless and they need to have some sort of birth control, such as condoms, available.
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