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Philadelphia OKs giving condoms to 11 year olds

The headline:  Philadelphia Gives Condoms to 11-Year-Olds

The link:  http://abcnews.go.com/Health/philadelphia-kids-young-11-condoms-nations-highest-teen/story?id=13373272

The summary:  Philadelphia has approved a plan that will allow distribution of free condoms to children as young as 11 years old.

The reaction:  The city will claim that it is simply trying to reverse the trend of teen pregnancy and sexual behavior but I think some good old fashioned education is in order here.

I think more and more families and governments are giving up on trying to encourage absistence among youth.  Their thinking is becoming that they can’t stop kids from having sex so they might as well try to get them to do it safely.  Kids can be taught and educated on what they should and shouldn’t be doing and they will listen.  You just have to give it a try.  This just smacks of trying to fix a big problem with a small solution.

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