The Stockings Were Hung by the Chimney Filled with Condoms & Morning-After Pills

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

“If a pediatrician handed your teenage daughter a prescription for emergency contraception, would you be appalled — or help her fill it?” The question comes from a parenting blogger on the New York Times website.

This particular mommy blogger intends “to stock a bathroom drawer with condoms and the morning-after pill and a promise of no questions asked” when her children are teenagers (her oldest, a son, is currently 11).

I suppose it’s quite conservative of her to not have the supplies ready for her 11-year-old.

This is not, of course, a random academic blog post but a response to the American Academy of Pediatrics announcing that all girls should have emergency contraception prescribed as a matter of medical routine. After all, some New York City schools already do it, this blogger notes.

This strikes me as such a reminder. Stalwarts try to educate people, but when we tend to yawn as the dominoes start to fall, it’s going to be a lot harder to clean up when more of us take the time to notice (perhaps only when we realize our 12-year-old has a prescription for emergency contraception in her purse?)

Yes, some New York City schools dispense emergency contraception already (and give Depo-Provera, injections). And it’s not too late to say that’s crazy and demand something better and wiser out of education.

(The American Academy of Pediatrics position is the subject of my latest syndicated column.)

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