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Article Rebuttal

BCOM 275

April Perkins

April 07, 2014

Some people might find it to be bad parenting or even call it abuse to give your teenage child contraceptives at such an early age. It is believe that if you are willingly giving out protection, you are saying to your child that it is okay to go down that road. This is the permission to be promiscuous. Keeping teens safe is a primary concern to parents. Some would argue that talking to our children about responsible sexual behavior when they are young is the best way to protect them. And in fact, most teens do talk to their parents, but some cannot do so safely. Talking to your children is the key in this situation. You should offer you ears and support because in the end you have to trust that you teenager would do the right things when it comes to his or her body. Giving the option of contraceptive is not giving the go ahead to engage in sexual activity. It is giving the support your child needs to make an informed decision about his or her life. As parents, we want to know when our children face a decision like this so we can be helpful and supportive. But also, as parents, our teenagers’ safety is more important than our desire to be informed. Teen pregnancy is a societal problem, a family problem and a personal problem all rolled into one. There are also various sexually transmitted diseases, which cause multiple issues and sometimes even death. Providing some type of support to your child to protect themselves on the front end could save them from shame and grief later in life. Both arguments have valid points, but would you rather deal with a teenager who is open and honest about activities with his or her body or deal with the consequences of teenage pregnancy or disease…...

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