You may remember the controversy over a middle school in Maine providing birth control to eleven year olds without parental consent. It was a hot topic a few weeks ago. Well, now we have this nice piece of propaganda from the AP.
People decisively favor letting their public schools provide birth control to students, but they also voice misgivings that divide them along generational, income and racial lines, a poll showed.
Sixty-seven percent support giving contraceptives to students, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll. About as many — 62 percent — said they believe providing birth control reduces the number of teenage pregnancies.
“Kids are kids,” said Danielle Kessenger, 39, a mother of three young children from Jacksonville, Fla., who supports providing contraceptives to those who request them. “I was a teenager once and parents don’t know everything, though we think we do.”
Yet most who support schools distributing contraceptives prefer that they go to children whose parents have consented. People are also closely divided over whether sex education and birth control are more effective than stressing morality and abstinence, and whether giving contraceptives to teenagers encourages them to have sexual intercourse.
Sixty-seven percent support giving contraceptives to students, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll.
Here is polling question upon which this grandiose claim rests:
Which would you prefer for the public schools in your community?
Provide birth conrol only to those students who have the consent of their parents: 37%
Provide birth control to all students who want it: 30%
Not provide birth control to any student: 30%
Is that how you read the results? That 67% support giving contraceptives to students?
Doesn’t this mean that only 30% approve of doing so, unless the school has the consent of the parents?
And speaking of parents, most of the respondents aren’t:
Are you the parent of a school-aged child, or not?
That is enough for me to toss this poll out the window, but if you need more convincing…Sweetness and Light keeps rippin.