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I agree this is a tough one. As a mother of a 15 year old who wishes to postpone sex until she is much older, I can only speak from my own limited perspective. I believe that as long as my child is a minor and lives under my roof, I am responsible for her health, academic performance, value system, religious formation, etc. Once she turns into an adult, she is on her own and I will no longer be held liable legally for anything happening to her. That is the agreement I have made with my child. I said "my child" because she is not mature enough to understand the consequences of having sex. Unplanned pregnancies are the number one cause of school drop outs among girls. Not WOMEN but girls who enter sexual activity with insufficient emotional maturity to discern of what is best, that includes medical decisions. Call me old fashion, but my daughter gets it and I hope I am not faced with a decision in that respect anytime soon.

February 5, 2009 - 9:37pm


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