In further evidence that we should put California behind Donald Trump’s magnificent border wall, the San Francisco Unified School District is debating a new proposal to give out free condoms to middle-school students in the city. The policy comes from Superintendent Richard Carranza and would mimic a similar program in place across the bay in Oakland. It would be an expansion of the district’s current condom program, which is now limited to high school students.
Not only does Carranza want to include students from 6th to 8th grade in the district’s condom availability program, he wants to make it so parents can no longer opt their children out of the handout. In fact, if his distribution proposal is passed, parents will actually be kept entirely out of the loop as it pertains to their children’s’ condom use.
A nurse practitioner told the local news that she supported the policy. “I think it’s pretty clear that giving kids access to condoms doesn’t actually make them do things they wouldn’t do otherwise. It offers them protection if they’re going to have sex and be at risk of getting a disease or getting pregnant,” she said.
No, what it does is trivialize the subject of teen sex while simultaneously stripping parents of their rights. No matter how many surveys the SFUSD does to back up their claim that condoms make kids less likely to have sex, they can’t escape the ethical and cultural implications of such a program. We are normalizing behaviors that we feel powerless to prevent, and that is a weak approach that we see liberals using in nearly every department. Too many black kids getting suspended? Answer: Stop suspending blacks. Too many people getting arrested for drugs? Answer: Decriminalize drugs. At what point do we draw a line in the sand?
Progress is a fine thing when you’re moving toward a sensible goal. Unfortunately, today’s “progressives” think that any change that brings us further away from the societal norms of the past is a good one. Twenty-five years ago, we were arguing about abstinence education versus sex education. Then they started handing condoms out to high schoolers. Now, they’re handing them out to middle schoolers. You don’t exactly need a crystal ball to see where this is going.