Reader concerned about student group’s contraception proposal

To the editor:

In response to your article about making contraception affordable to high school students, I would like to applaud both the students and the administration for being articulate with their concerns.

I would like to express my concern with such a proposal. I question the readiness of a couple who is considering engaging in sex that if they can not afford the full price of a condom can they really afford to be engaging in the real world of sex and all of its consequences?

Studies show condoms are not 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases. I wonder about this couple who is seeking condoms at a reduced price. Would this be their only request or will they be seeking reduced lunches and reduced health care in their futures? This article did clarify one thing for me: A cheap date is worth 50 cents.

Beth Vordtriede

Oakville