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    Arizona, Thanks for introducing this thread as it pertains to how America can alter the rights, privileges and benefits they so desire. American citizens should not be satisfied with their elected leaders, as they have a direct effect to the Supreme Court of our country. As our appointed SCOTUS judges can make undesirable decisions, just as they can make desired ones. It is the undesirable that concerns me and impacts improvement to humanity and our society. Justice Scalia always has my concern to why he is a judge. Search on "Justice Scalia racial entitlement quote", and you'll find a powerful and disturbing discussion of his perpetuation of racial entitlement. Justice Scalia's views on privileges or immunities of American citizens brings forward questionable definitions that are lacking in the U.S. Constitution. The SCOTUS answer to citizens privileges or immunities is ridiculous. So why do we elect leaders of America that places so much power into the Supreme Court?

    America needs to vote on political candidates that will promote a better America, which includes any decision to place judges into the Supreme Court. I believe our Supreme Court is extremely powerful on how legislated law is interpreted. On Justice Scalia, remember his denouncement of Roe V. Wade? A good starting point to see SCOTUS decisions is a search on "Questionable SCOTUS decisions". There are many great articles from credible sources that initiate a response of, Who was responsible for putting these idiots to make these decisions?" Sorry, to bring bad news, We did!

    I'm starting to search on SCOTUS judges and see who put them there and any connections to denying rights to ALL citizens. Recent important decisions made by SCOTUS has been Voting Rights (which is continuing), Discrimination and Marriage Equality. America needs to continue it's evolution for humanitarian values.
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    I didn't realize it would be difficult to separate condoms and politics, but an article in this morning's Huffington Post put a whole new spin on the topic, due to the fact that Chase Bank will no longer process online orders for condoms because they are considered to be an "adult-oriented" product. Here's the story:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/23/chase-condoms-payments-lovability_n_5008987.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000013&ir=Politics

    Here's the link to the company's website:

    http://www.lovabilitycondoms.com/

    There are now 24 legal brothels in Nevada, and (presumably) most of them accept credit cards for their services. I'd be willing to bet that Chase has processed some of those charges as well, but the charges likely have more innocuous names.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_brothels_in_Nevada
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    Arizona, as usual, you write on fascinating topics. Although, on this one you have me a bit puzzled. I think it started out with condoms & politics, and suddenly it morphed into religion. Is that what we call compensation? (ha) And as usual, you are CORRECT on all topics. Your own blog must be hilarious, & I'll have to mozey over there one of these days.... to see what's up. In the meantime, we all have given up on finding Flt 370. We could have fed millions of people, built a dozen schools, fixed a hundred bridges, & bribed a few dozen Congressmen with all the money we had to spend on looking for one Malaysian airplane. I hope someone can pay us back, for all those efforts.
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    I'm strongly in favor of health education that teaches teens how to protect themselves from diseases and unintended pregnancies. Let's call it HEALTH EDUCATION rather than SEX EDUCATION because right-wing jerks like to think the sex ed is about teaching kids how to have sex.

    No girl, no woman should ever, ever, ever be forced by our government or the lack of health services to give birth to a baby unless she wants to do so.





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    I can think of a lot of politians that should wear a condom on their head - that would make them ......... Richard Heads!
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    I'm highly in favor of any and all programs that reduce teen pregnancies.

    I'm opposed to having children born to mothers who are married to fathers where neither the father and/or mother can afford to raise that child.

    I'm in favoring of raising the minimum wage so that ALL parents could earn a LIVING wage.
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    I think PREVENTING UNPLANNED PREGNANCIES could/should be something the right and left could agree on.

    I'm all in favor of educating boys and girls of ages 13 and up about the physical, social, emotional, and financial consequences of pregnancy. And, then I want to combine that with easy and free/cheap access to ALL forms of birth control.

    I would hope that both GOPs and DEMs could agree to work to prevent teen pregnancies and other unplanned for pregnancies.

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    moiBree --

    Arizona has provided numerous links, but I will add one more:

    Guttmacher Institute, December 2013: Unintended Pregnancy in the United States

    The Guttmacher Institute has compiled numerous statistics and charts of unintended pregnancies in the United States. I'll list a few:

    Currently, about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year (3.4 million) are unintended.

    By age 45, more than half of all American women will have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and three in 10 will have had an abortion.

    Unintended pregnancy rates are highest among poor and low-income women, women aged 18–24, cohabiting women and minority women.

    Poor women’s high rate of unintended pregnancy results in their also having high rates of both abortions (52 per 1,000) and unplanned births (70 per 1,000).

    In 2008, poor women had an unintended birth rate nearly six times as high as that of higher-income women (at or above 200% of poverty.)

    In 2008, two-thirds (65%) of the 1.7 million births resulting from unintended pregnancies were paid for by public insurance programs, primarily Medicaid. In comparison, 48% of births overall and 36% of births resulting from intended pregnancies were funded by these programs.

    Two-thirds of U.S. women at risk for unintended pregnancy use contraception consistently and correctly throughout the course of any given year; these women account for only 5% of all unintended pregnancies. In contrast, the 19% of women at risk who use contraception inconsistently or incorrectly account for 43% of all unintended pregnancies. The 16% of women at risk who do not practice contraception at all for a month or more during the year account for 52% of all unintended pregnancies.
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    What these statistics indicate is that clinics like Planned Parenthood and others are extremely important for young women, particularly those with low incomes, to obtain contraceptives and be educated in their use. However, in Republican controlled states this access to birth control is being blocked again and again by legislatures and governorships. The extra costs to taxpayers of unintended pregnancies is enormous compared to the alternative.

    Your statement: "I think PREVENTING UNPLANNED PREGNANCIES could/should be something the right and left could agree on" is common sense. Yet it is so hard to address this topic coherently with those that are ideologically driven. These statistics just don't matter to them.
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    Schmidt Wrote: moiBree --

    Arizona has provided numerous links, but I will add one more:

    Guttmacher Institute, December 2013: Unintended Pregnancy in the United States

    The Guttmacher Institute has compiled numerous statistics and charts of unintended pregnancies in the United States. I'll list a few:

    Currently, about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year (3.4 million) are unintended.

    By age 45, more than half of all American women will have experienced an unintended pregnancy, and three in 10 will have had an abortion.

    Unintended pregnancy rates are highest among poor and low-income women, women aged 18–24, cohabiting women and minority women.

    Poor women’s high rate of unintended pregnancy results in their also having high rates of both abortions (52 per 1,000) and unplanned births (70 per 1,000).

    In 2008, poor women had an unintended birth rate nearly six times as high as that of higher-income women (at or above 200% of poverty.)

    In 2008, two-thirds (65%) of the 1.7 million births resulting from unintended pregnancies were paid for by public insurance programs, primarily Medicaid. In comparison, 48% of births overall and 36% of births resulting from intended pregnancies were funded by these programs.

    Two-thirds of U.S. women at risk for unintended pregnancy use contraception consistently and correctly throughout the course of any given year; these women account for only 5% of all unintended pregnancies. In contrast, the 19% of women at risk who use contraception inconsistently or incorrectly account for 43% of all unintended pregnancies. The 16% of women at risk who do not practice contraception at all for a month or more during the year account for 52% of all unintended pregnancies.
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    What these statistics indicate is that clinics like Planned Parenthood and others are extremely important for young women, particularly those with low incomes, to obtain contraceptives and be educated in their use. However, in Republican controlled states this access to birth control is being blocked again and again by legislatures and governorships. The extra costs to taxpayers of unintended pregnancies is enormous compared to the alternative.

    Your statement: "I think PREVENTING UNPLANNED PREGNANCIES could/should be something the right and left could agree on" is common sense. Yet it is so hard to address this topic coherently with those that are ideologically driven. These statistics just don't matter to them.
    There is one thing missing in the numbers is; what is the percentage because the "churches" forbits birthcontrol etc. Also check the average number of kids in Catholic households; most of them are may be "unwanted"; the church wants them in order to expand their empires.
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    RanmaMOJ Wrote: The only real issue I have with them doing that is that they are in essence encouraging kids to break the law. The age of consent in Illinois is 17, so handing them out to those under 17 is in essence telling them it is okay to have sex as long as you do it safely, despite state law...
    Ranma i see your point but the fact is that that many teenagers are going to have sex anyway so we have a responsibility to do what we can to protect them . i think about underage drinking i would not want my kids to do it but if they do it i want them to use a designated driver to get home
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    To legally own real estate one has to be a legal adult, I think, nationally, l8. That's different from "age of consent".
    So providing these things to undeage kids is impossible unless the condoms were bought in their parents' names. And how many parents, especially in the religious-red states, are going to be willing to buy condoms for their children? And how many could afford to.
    And even for over-l8 kids, how many would be able to afford the condom fees? Taxes? Utilities? Having a condom isn't cheap. In New York City some are worth tens of millions of dollars.
    And even if it's to prevent out of wedlock, or unwanted, pregnancies among the very, very rich, what a futile, even stupid idea. Condoms have luxurious bedrooms and privacy and even terraces and balconies where the promiscuous would just do their thing, heedless of the conceptual consequences.
    So, simply, providing condoms to prevent pregnancies is ridiculous.
    For that protection, one needs to put those black, flexible, footwear things over his or her shoes.
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    alongcameaschneider Wrote: To legally own real estate one has to be a legal adult, I think, nationally, l8. That's different from "age of consent".
    So providing these things to undeage kids is impossible unless the condoms were bought in their parents' names. And how many parents, especially in the religious-red states, are going to be willing to buy condoms for their children? And how many could afford to.
    And even for over-l8 kids, how many would be able to afford the condom fees? Taxes? Utilities? Having a condom isn't cheap. In New York City some are worth tens of millions of dollars.
    And even if it's to prevent out of wedlock, or unwanted, pregnancies among the very, very rich, what a futile, even stupid idea. Condoms have luxurious bedrooms and privacy and even terraces and balconies where the promiscuous would just do their thing, heedless of the conceptual consequences.
    So, simply, providing condoms to prevent pregnancies is ridiculous.
    For that protection, one needs to put those black, flexible, footwear things over his or her shoes.
    Galoshes?