By Hillary Cherry, Young America's Foundation
Should the Obama administration be promoting
government-sponsored birth control and abortion to high schoolers?
The president felt the need to enlighten the students of
Oyster River High School in Durham, North Carolina, that the fate
of birth control and Planned Parenthood lies in their hands.
"You can decide that instead of restricting access
to birth control or defunding Planned Parenthood, we should make
sure that in this country, women control their own health care
choices. That's up to you."
The president continued to tell the students that within this
November they will have the final say. This is very interesting
considering that the majority of the students are not 18 years old.
I assume he's not advocating for voter identification fraud, just for support of
government-funded contraception and abortion.
Frankly, it's inappropriate for the Obama administration to
speak on sex to children. Today sex is everywhere. The media
continues to promote sex through music and television. The rampant
boost in sexual activity has caused an increase in not only teen
pregnancy, but sexually transmitted diseases. Now high school
students are not only receiving messages from the media that
teenage sex is acceptable, but directly from the president of the
The Obama administration also has little respect for the Bill of
Rights. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." The Obama
administration has created a mandate that will require insurance
companies to provide free abortions, sterilization, and
contraception-meaning religious organizations everywhere will be
funding those very abortions they fight so hard against. As a
Catholic, I am appalled.
Instead of preaching the importance of Planned Parenthood--the
world's largest abortion provider--I believe the president of the
United States should lead with integrity and morals.
I am not sure what strategy the Obama administration was
attempting by promoting abortion to high school students, but it
seems highly inappropriate. Once again, the federal government is
trying to take over a parent's job.
Maybe next time the president decides to preach to high school
students he will consider the appropriateness of his speech. The
government should let parents and teachers do their jobs in
educating the youth of America on issues such as birth control and
abortion. Although, Planned Parenthood would not make any money off
of that choice, would they?
Hillary Cherry is a Sarah T. Hermann Intern Scholar
with Young America's Foundation.