During recent research on Planned Parenthood’s website, something struck me smack in the face. In the teen section, there is a segment on sex (Click HERE for site), and nowhere does it address age when considering if a teen is ready for sex (13, 14, 15, 16...?). In fact, here is how they handle the topic, “How do I know when I’m ready?” (Click HERE for site) I’ve highlighted some specific concerns and remember, this is addressing TEENS:
How do I know when I’m ready?
“Only you can know the answer to that question. Deciding when to have sex for the first time is a big deal, and it can be a tough decision. It's really helpful to talk it out with someone you trust — a parent, a friend, a health care provider, or someone else who cares about you. Sex can be risky for your body — STDs and unintended pregnancy are no joke. But sex can also have emotional risks. Sex before you're ready for it, sex with someone you don't trust or respect (or who doesn't trust or respect you), or sex that doesn't feel good can lead to some really stressful feelings. And a healthy sex life shouldn't be stressful. We usually make better decisions when we think through all the good things and bad things. A great sex life is one that fits in with everything you're about, including:
· your personal values your school and career goals
· the emotional and physical risks you're willing to take
· if it's something you really want to do, or something your partner is pressuring you to do
· what sort of relationship you want to have with the person you have sex with (and how well that matches the relationship they want with you)
· whether family and friends will support your decision (and how important that is to you)
· your feelings about who you are and what you're comfortable doing
· whether you want to be in a committed relationship before you have sex.”
Not only does their website avoid discussing age, but it also does not address rape appropriately. Not once is statutory rape mentioned in the rape section. This is what they say, “Most agree that any sexual contact is a crime if the person doesn't consent. It's also a crime if the person CAN'T consent (like if they're drunk or passed out), even if they're in a relationship or married" - See more HERE.
I don’t think parents are aware that Planned Parenthood makes sure teens have all the tools to have an active sex life as well as means to avoid or fix the consequences. Yes, it’s important teens have a general knowledge about sex, but do parents really want their teenagers encouraged to be sexually active?
Planned Parenthood encourages sex, regardless of age or what parents think. Teenagers are not mature enough to make informed decisions regarding sex, and Planned Parenthood doesn't care. They make millions from birth control products and if birth control fails there's the other major money maker ... abortion.
You know my feelings towards abortion, but even if you don't agree with me in that respect ... what about birth control and other services? Do you want your tax dollars spent on an organization that tells teenagers they know better than their parents as to what's best for them? Do you want your tax dollars spent on an organization that sells teen sex as a normal and acceptable activity?