Have you seen the recent car commercial where a couple is in the car with their young son who looks like he is six or seven years old? The father is spinning a rather fantastical story about where babies come from only to have their son try to tell them that he had heard the “real story” from another boy. The father quickly changes the subject by blasting the kids’ song The Wheels on the Bus and encouraging everyone to sing along.
This commercial is pretty funny because many people can recognize how uncomfortable it could be to talk to kids about such subjects or we may even remember when we had “the talk” with our own parents. Unfortunately, because it is so uncomfortable, parents may avoid the topic, and many churches shy away from addressing the topic biblically other than essentially saying, “Don’t do it if you aren’t married!” As a result, many people do not have a God-informed view about sex, dating, marriage, and children. And, young people don’t feel comfortable going to their parents or a person from church for counsel if they find themselves in a situation they never thought they would have to face in their teen or young adult years. Somehow, we have to change this.
It is for this very reason (shame or fear of judgment) that lawmakers, some medical experts, and women’s rights groups are calling for unrestricted access to emergency contraception. A recent blog posted on The New York Times website has even encouraged parents to keep emergency contraceptives in their medicine cabinets “just in case” their teenagers need ready access to it or even parents should send it along with their college-age students when they go off to school.
I fear that emergency contraception may become the “new condom” that fathers slip their sons to keep in their wallets “just in case.” However, an emergency contraceptive is not the same thing as a condom!