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    Would you sterilize your teenage daughter?

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    As if birth control (or lack thereof) wasn't already a controversial enough topic for most, one UK official has now proposed forced, temporary sterilization for teenage girls.

    As the mother of a teenage daughter, I have to admit my first reaction was to be completely horrified by this, but after tossing the idea around in my mind for a few days I'm now at the point where I'm not completely against the general idea as a concept. Unfortunately it isn't that simple though.

    It remains highly debatable if encouraging teens to use birth control is the same as giving them permission to have sex. Is having condoms available in school bathrooms protecting them from unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, or is it simply giving them the green light to be sexually active? To be honest, I'm not sure. I think it really depends on the individual teenager and what their existing views are about having sex in the first place.

    What really troubles me about this concept though is not the sterilization itself, it is the idea of it being forced upon teenagers. I can't imagine living in a society where such a thing could be mandatory for those between the ages of 12-17. Presented as a choice, I think the idea could have merit for those who choose to take advantage of it, but forced? It crosses the line on too many other issues - freedom of choice being the main one.

    So the question is - If you could make the decision to temporarily sterilize your teenage daughter, would you? Is this a valid concept, or does it take away from our personal rights?

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    i would. like the author, at first i was pretty horrified by this, then i realized it would do more harm than good ASSUMING there are no after effects to the "sterilization" or the reversing of the procedure.

    if/when i have a daughter (or son) and they live under MY roof, they will abide by MY rules until they move out.

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    The idea sort of sounds appealing b/c it would stop teenage pregnancy, but I think forced sterilization, even temporary, is against the basic tenets of this country.
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    I don't necessarily have an opinion on this yet. But my immediate thought was, "How do they know its only temporary and won't do permanent damage?"
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    There is noway in HELL I would let someone do that to my child. What if it messes up her chance to ever have children, there are side effects to everything. I wouldn't be able to look at her in the face and tell her it's my fault she will never have children.
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    Absolutely not...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mythsayer View Post
    The idea sort of sounds appealing b/c it would stop teenage pregnancy, but I think forced sterilization, even temporary, is against the basic tenets of this country.
    not really. children under 17 (or 18 in some states) really have little or no legal say when it comes to "important decisions". they can't even go on field trips in high school/middle school w/o a parents' signature.


    Quote Originally Posted by Peekaboo2487 View Post
    I don't necessarily have an opinion on this yet. But my immediate thought was, "How do they know its only temporary and won't do permanent damage?"
    let's assume it IS temporary.

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    No, I wouldn't do it. And I'm going to leave out my personal religous reasons for wanting my kids to not have sex.

    Abstaining from sex is not just about not getting pregnant, its also about not catching some permanent, or even deadly STD. I think if a girl knows she absolutely cannot get pregnant, she would be less likely to require a partner to wear a condom. And if my dd makes the choice to have sex outside marriage, I want her as "safe" as possible, though I use the word safe loosely.
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    Oh hell no!!

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeelady78 View Post
    No, I wouldn't do it. And I'm going to leave out my personal religous reasons for wanting my kids to not have sex.

    Abstaining from sex is not just about not getting pregnant, its also about not catching some permanent, or even deadly STD. I think if a girl knows she absolutely cannot get pregnant, she would be less likely to require a partner to wear a condom. And if my dd makes the choice to have sex outside marriage, I want her as "safe" as possible, though I use the word safe loosely.
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