Teen supports Planned Parenthood

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007

In a response to letters to the editor about Planned Parenthood, I have to say that parents do know what is best for their children sometimes, but not always. When it comes to an abortion or birth control, a daughter is going to want support from her family, but sometimes her family is not there to support her. Sometimes she has to be strong on her own, and she doesn't need a law preventing her from getting help.

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Parents don't always know what is going on in their child's life, but some children are lucky to have parents they feel comfortable talking to and who are involved in their life.

Planned Parenthood is a good organization that is there to help protect and keep teens safe, even if the parent is not. Planned Parenthood does checkups on the teens before it gives them birth control, and it asks if they have any allergies before it gives anything to them. If the teen has any problems or any allergic reactions, she can go to Planned Parenthood and talk to them, or talk to any physician.

This is a good thing for teens out there who need support and do not have an adult they can talk to. I think parents should be more supportive of these organizations and of their kids. We teens need sex education, in school, and from our parents. If we know the effects of being sexually active and of pregnancy then maybe we would be more comfortable talking about them. If it's uncomfortable, we are just going to keep it a secret and go to outside resources that will help us. If we feel safe enough to go to our parents, then we wouldn't need to keep it a secret.

Instead of making this into a big deal, we should provide more health class education and talk more. I know I only had two health classes throughout my years that talked about sex education. If teens know they have support from their parents, and the community, they will be willing to talk about sex. If you want to help teens then talk to us, not at us.

Morgan Erisman

Juneau



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