Sunday, April 27, 2008

Conservatives are Self Defeating

From my understanding of social conservatives abortion is considered a greater evil than pre-marital sex. However they always seem to be pushing abstinence only sex education. Perhaps they are unaware of the fact that adolescents who receive an abstinence-only education have a significantly higher risk of unwanted teen pregnancy than those who receive a comprehensive sex education. It's only common sense that the more unwanted teen pregnancies occur the more abortions will occur.

This issue is important to me as I myself am anti abortion. I can't understand why they are so opposed to teaching adolescents about birth control. It's wrong to prevent the spreading of knowledge that is deemed objectionable. The act of premarital sex is in itself not bad because it does not harm anyone when done safely. Keeping knowledge from people that keeps them from making informed decisions that can prevent teen pregnancy is bad. Schools should teach the options.

Conservatives need to get their priorities straight. Because of their push for the ineffective strategy of abstinence education they have aided in the increase of teen pregnancy, and by extension, abortions. It is wrong to keep knowledge from people, because knowledge leads to better decisions. Abortion is wrong but it is currently legal and the best way to decrease the amount of abortions is to prevent unwanted pregnancy through the use of birth control.

1 comment:

Prashanth said...

I agree with you in the actual sense of it. But, in practicality, there are a lot more things that people should know but don't know. The general quality of education itself is bad. That doesn't mean this need not be there now.

Including more things to teach when the existing things aren't taught is of no real use.

Maybe, the Govt can conduct awareness camps in schools as a mandatory measure.