LETTER: Birth control and young people just don’t mix

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014

As I have had two letters published in two weeks, I must take issue with Phil Noble’s editorial on April 10.

First, I cannot believe that a Republican has not demanded equal time in you editorial page. With all due respect and thanks for printing my letters to the editor, equal time should be granted.

As I read Mr. Noble’s editorial, I found that I agree with much of what he stated. But I do not agree with this idea of providing birth control, willy-nilly, to all middle and high school aged children. Any adult will agree that sex is a very pleasing activity – but that is just it – an adult activity. There are some people who believe that sex should be enjoyed by all people regardless of age. I don’t have to preach the Bible in order to say that this thought process is more dangerous than providing birth control. It is a fact that most, if not all, birth control methods have a slight percentage of failure. People who think like me will agree that giving birth control methods to people under the age of 18 is just asking for trouble. There are those who believe just the opposite, but I think giving birth control to minors is like giving a loaded gun to a mass murderer. This same thought process is exactly why insurance companies charge so much for car insurance to minors. It is a well-known fact that minors do not make adult decisions. Sure, adults make bad decisions, but they are more capable of handling the results of those bad decisions.

In closing, I note that Mr. Noble appears to be a Democrat. I too consider myself to be a Democrat, but it is opinions like his that give Democrats a tarnished name.

Tim Bledsoe

North Augusta

Birth control and young people just don’t mix

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