You'd think by now that people would realize that teenagers are going to experiment with sex no matter WHAT, so we might as well try to help them be safe and educated!!
Well, clearly not.
The Catholic Church is bugging out over the decision to install condom vending machines in a high school in Rome, but the administration is sticking to their guns and hoping it will curb teen pregnancy and the spread of HIV!!
Statistics in Italy have shown that teen pregnancy and the numbers of young people contracting HIV have been steadily on the rise. On average, most Italian girls lose their virginity at 16 - and almost one in FOUR of them are not protected while doing so!!
Of course, the pope's vicar in Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, has a much different opinion on the matter, and thinks the move "cannot be approved by Rome's ecclesiastical community or by Christian families who are seriously concerned with the education of their children."
We think it's time they seriously STOPPED looking at it as a moral issue and understood the health risks of uneducated teenagers ready to start experimenting!!
Antonio Panaccione, the school's headmaster, was having NONE of the church's BS and says:
"This is not about stimulating the use condoms or intercourse. On the contrary, it's about prevention and education. The scandal is that we do it in Rome, because this is the city of the pope and therefore one can't really talk about sex. They can talk about pedophilia, can't they? To them this is a dogma: One must not talk about it, only do it — secretly!""
OUCH!! But true!!
Although this a relatively new move in Italy, condom vending machines have been present in countries like Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. French schools have the machines in nearly 96% of their high schools!
Elena Bucchinelli, a 16 year old Italian student, says:
"We young people are the most vulnerable to the risks of unprotected sex. Schools and families are the best places to receive this kind of information. Many young people think they know all that there is to know about sex, but that's not true."
What a smart girl!! We agree completely!!
We wonder if the USA will ever catch on to this kind thinking!!
We're not holding our breath, though!
What do U think?? Do U think it's a smart move to include the distribution of condoms as a part of sex education and awareness?
[Image via AP Images.]
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