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Tag: teen pregnancy


PLAN B: Many parents fail to face today’s realities

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

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