Saturday, September 26, 2009

No Glove No Love

Talking with teens about sex has come along way since I turned 16 in 1979. At that time, it was uncommon to have frank conversations with parents about sex. Based upon the discussions at our dinner table, I thought we had come a long way. Although somewhat crass, we are not naive that our children may be sexually active and we promote abstinence, but our constant mantra is to say "no glove, no love." Dispite this openness, according to the Centers for Disease Control, a third of girls will get pregnant before age 20. The teen birth rate actually rose by 3 percent between 2005 and 2006, after dropping 34 percent over the last decade. In light of these statistics, why is teen pregnancy rising ? What are the issues surrounding legal support, legal custody and moral responsibility following an out of wedlock abortion ?

Friday, September 25, 2009

The HPV Vaccine and Teens

Recently, a teen made the national headlines when she was denied U.S. citizenship after she refused to be injected with a vaccine that protects against a sexually transmitted virus linked to cervical cancer. This vaccine is commonly known as the HPV vaccine. The vaccine is controversial and is not required of teens who are U.S citizens. The government is considering requiring all teens to have the vaccine. Should the government mandate that vaccines be required of U.S. teens ? How far will we move towards the society depicted by Ayn Rand in the novel Atlas Shrugged ? If a teen gets sick because of the vaccine, does she have legal rights against the vaccine maker ?