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.
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.
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.
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...
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.