Studies indicate that children are being exposed to pornography at alarming rates, and worse, it is often their main source of information on human sexuality. Pornographic materials are not an appropriate substitute for healthy community education programs. We need to educate our youth, because prevention is always the best protection. Our children need guidance from health professionals and parents, but the need for resources doesn’t end with children.
The far reaching consequences of unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual violence are already affecting our community. These are just a few of the many reasons the people in our state need affordable and accessible education programs, testing and treatment, and preventative contraceptives.
Having children is a true blessing, in many ways. But it is a blessing that demands selflessness, maturity, and responsibility, and warrants respect. We need to elect legislators that understand the importance of family planning, education, and prevention. It is not enough to concern ourselves with the safety of “unborn children”, we must instead start by educating our children. It is far better to teach our children to make the right decisions now.