Kathleen Parker’s inner debate (column, 5-7) about the role of government vs. parents in the Plan B emergency contraceptive controversy ignores certain realities.
Reality: Many parents refuse to accept that half of 17-year-olds are sexually active.
Reality: Girls are reaching puberty younger and younger, some as early as 9.
Reality: Vaccinations for 11- and 12-year-olds prevent certain cancer-causing STDs.
Reality: The most influential person in the development of a girl’s self-esteem is her dad, yet many fathers are clueless how to communicate with daughters.
Reality: Often parents turn over responsibility for sex education to the schools. At best, this is eighth-grade anatomy-based curriculum, and teachers may be forbidden to discuss the practicalities of birth control.
Reality: The same arguments against Plan B were made against minors’ condom use. Neither has proven to be a free ticket to sexual behavior.
I worked for Planned Parenthood, taught junior high school for decades and raised a daughter. In my opinion, given the realities of today’s world, condoms and Plan B should be carried in every student backpack.