Thursday, January 22, 2009

Blog for Choice

It's Blog for Choice Day once again, on this, the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year, it's just 2 days after the inauguration of President Barack Obama (it still gives me a thrill to say President Obama!). That means that, as in 1993 when President Clinton took office, President Obama will quickly blot out the Global Gag Rule. I've written before about how clearly I remember that day in 1993, when I was working in family planning, and we had twisted ourselves into pretzels trying to do our work under that rule.

So, this year, we have been asked to respond to this question: What is your top pro-
choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?

My greatest wish is to see comprehensive, sensitive, age-appropriate sexuality education instituted in schools throughout the U.S. Kids should start to learn from an early age the right names for their body parts, have their questions answered in age-appropriate ways about how babies are made, how their bodies work, how to critically look at the inappropriate sexual messages in our society. When they are in elementary school, they need to learn what changes their bodies will go through in puberty, about periods and wet dreams and body odor and all that jazz. And then, as young teens, they need to learn about sex, and birth control, and abstinence, and NOT abstinence, and relationships, and everything that goes along with that.

That is what I think should be the top priority.

If kids grow up with healthy attitudes about sex and pleasure and their bodies, and feel good about themselves, they won't have sex at such young ages, they won't get pregnant at such young ages, and there will be less need for abortion. It's as simple as that.

P.S. Here's a list of everyone who's blogging for choice!

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