The way I see it... I don't think something like oral contraceptives should be over the counter. Something that changes the way the body functions needs to be monitored by a physician.
Socially thinking... teens who have sex are going to do so regardless... however it is possible that it may "inspire" teens who have thus far held back in fear of an unwanted pregnancy. I think its the parents job to teach values and the potential consequences of unprotected sex be that unwanted pregnancy and the possibility of STD's. If they are going to have sex anyway then the parent should take them to the doctors and get the prescription.
Access and cost do not play a role in my mind. There are Doctors offices all over, and if the cost is a problem, maybe its time to rethink that hot outfit (to make you look sexy) or that smartphone attached to your every waking moment
The bigger picture is that people in general need to take more responsibility for their actions. If you are going to have sex and don't want to get pregnant, go to the doctor and get a prescription, or use a condemn. If you don't do anything to protect yourself, who do you have to blame but yourself.View Thread
I was a firefighter in New York for 25 years. When an evacuation order is issued, normally its done with a great deal of thought and consideration to the facts, as well as the forecast of the future conditions. These orders are not issued lightly, and they really should be followed for everyone's safety.
When you choose to ignore an evacuation order, you impact many more people than you think. Obviously there is your personal safety... but in addition you now impact the safety of the emergency personnel, anyone they have to cross paths with to get to you, as well as potentially other people they could be rescuing outside of the evacuation area, that now have to wait in possibly life threatening situations while emergency staff tends to your needs.
Should the city/county have to provide rescue services if you refuse to evacuate? Yes absolutely, but if you were ordered to evacuate and refused, you should also receive a citation, a fine, and bear the cost of the rescue. A disaster like this is hard on everyone, but put yourself in the shoes of the people tasked with providing emergency services to you, even while their own family's property and safety is probably at the same risk.View Thread
In regards to the memorial page for someone who committed suicide... Absolutely not! There are too many kids out there that have extremely low self esteem and memorializing someone who for whatever reason could not cope with the circumstances in their life is a bad example to set! Suicide is a bad choice, it should never be memorialized.
In regard to the new mother... Another No in my opinion. Pregnancy is a beautiful thing, teen pregnancy is the irresponsible result of making bad and immature choices and it has no place in a yearbook.
Would you put a page in the yearbook honoring someone who bullies others? I don't think so! So why would you put in a page or otherwise hi-light something that is just another example of a bad thing... be that suicide or teen pregnancy?View Thread
In my opinion while the comments emailed may have been inappropriate... this can hardly be considered bullying or anything even close to it. TV News people live for ratings and will do pretty much anything to gain them and draw attention to themselves.
That is clearly demonstrated by the fact they posted the email to draw attention to themselves. If the person emailing her had posted his comments publicly that might have been a different circumstance.
This news story is all about ratings, attention, and 15 minutes in the spotlight. A responsible news team would have ignored the email and moved on with the business of reporting real news, not manufacturing their own.View Thread