July 20, 2021

Chicago Public Schools to Give Condoms to Children in Grades 5-12

A new policy passed by the Chicago Public School (CPS) Board of Education last December will require Chicago public schools to provide condoms to children as young as ten years old when in-person classes begin next month.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the policy requires schools that teach grades 5-12 to "maintain a condom availability program." The Sun-Times reported that the policy will require over 600 public schools to distribute condoms to children.

“Essentially what we want to do is make condoms available to students for if and when they think they need them,” said Dr. Kenneth Fox, CPS’ chief health officer.  “…When you don’t have those protections and don’t make those resources available then bad stuff happens to young people. You have elevated risks of sexually transmitted infections, of unintended pregnancies, and that’s very preventable stuff.”

When asked why fifth-graders were included, Fox said the policy was “informed by a developmental understanding of children.”

Citing a column by former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Treviño, Live Action argued that abortion businesses stand to profit from introducing children to sex at a young age. Treviño wrote:
"Working for a non-abortion center made it clear to me that contraception and abortion are two sides of the same coin. One does not exist without the other… Contraception creates a market for abortion by promoting promiscuity and providing men and women a false sense of security against an unintended pregnancy. The more promiscuous people are (especially young people), the more likely they’ll become pregnant.

The more people use birth control and adopt a contraceptive mentality, the higher the odds that they’ll seek an abortion. Because, let’s face it, if they’re using birth control, a child is not part of the ‘plan.’ Abortion is the backup, so to speak, for contraceptive failure, misuse, or lack of self-control."

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