Secret Contraceptives for 11-Year-Olds?

Portland, Maine found itself in the national spotlight on the morning of October 17. The King Middle School was debating whether to provide birth control to sixth graders without their parents' consent or knowledge — not just condoms, but even birth control pills or contraceptive patches. ABC's Good Morning America picked up the story, with anchor Diane Sawyer first professing shock at the young ages involved, but then echoing the proponents' justification: Children "are caught in the changing worlds of early puberty and sexual messages everywhere."

That's the line that rings in the ear. ABC is addressing a social problem: how to deal with middle-schoolers wanting to have sex because they're inundated with sexual messages in ads, in music videos, with sexual themes endlessly discussed and dramatized on television? Sawyer invited on talk show host Glenn Beck and "sexologist" Logan Levkoff (promoted by fans as the "Get It On Guru") to debate it. Sawyer asked Levkoff "Would you draw the line anywhere? What if it were grade school?" Amazingly, she replied: "I don't necessarily draw the line, because we're in a world where we get so many sexual messages."

Levkoff lives in a parallel universe. We are talking about little boys and little girls, 11 years old.

The lesson from the anything-goes crowd is so illogical it borders on the obscene. In order to "protect the youth" from unsavory sexual messages, we should provide them will all the technology so they can have "safe sex" — even at age 11. But who is responsible for this bombardment of sexual messaging in our culture that's fueling this fire? ABC and all the other networks, along with many of their advertisers, need look no further than the mirror. More than any other element in our society, it is they who are responsible for the deluge, primarily — though not exclusively — through their entertainment products.

It's bad enough that they refuse to take any responsibility for their own sleazy product. But what's unconscionable is that TV dramatists are now portraying those who want to keep children free and safe from premature sexual activity as mentally disturbed, even as a social menace.

The swaggering shysters of ABC's Boston Legal went to court on October 9 on behalf of a high-school girl who contracted the HIV virus from "unprotected" sex with a boy. The girl in this script sued not the infecting boy, not the boy's parents — but the high school which taught abstinence-only sex education.

The school's crime was its failure to advance the righteousness of the Almighty Condom, which the Boston Legal lawyer ridiculously claimed was "arguably, the single most important invention of the past 2,000 years." Resistance to pop culture and peer pressure is futile, he argued. "They're simply going to do it! We all do it. Birds do it, bees do it, educated fleas do it. One time unprotected sex can kill you. A condom can save you." With a flourish, the lawyer concluded his sermon: "We should be in criminal court this very moment trying this obscenely duplicitous school for conspiracy to commit murder."

ABC only suggested murder as a rhetorical device. CBS took it to the next level. On its drama Cold Case, abstinence advocates are presented as killers. In the September 30 episode, detectives were investigating a 1998 murder, only to discover the devoutly Christian teens in the "Hearts Wait" abstinence club turned out to be sexually active hypocrites who murdered one of their own members to keep their sins secret. When the victim tried to convince her club mates that their teenage lust was understandable, they responded by denouncing her as "dirty," a "whore," a "slut," and the b-word before stoning her to death, while citing the Old Testament. Their leader, a youth minister, had one student confess her teenage lust for him with her back turned, so he could pleasure himself as she spoke.

The idea that Christian teenagers stone people to death could only come from a fevered brain in Tinseltown. In terms of cultural politics, this is simply mudslinging — a vile smear that requires no troublesome facts as it points an accusatory finger.

The get-it-on gurus who push "protection" are really encouraging sex between children. Like Hollywood, "sexologists" like Levkoff see themselves waging war "on a culture that condemns all things sexual." But they're really waging a war on anyone who suggests a limitation, anyone who wants to draw a line. Anyone who wants a child to wait, to grow and mature before leaping into bed or a back seat, is evil, deeply sick, and even capable of murder.

Meanwhile, the King School in Portland, Maine voted Yes to secret contraceptives for 11-year-olds.

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  • Guest

    I read about this the other day, and I was absolutely appalled that an 11 year old could be given hormones without parental consent. 

  • Guest

    I find myself wishing that they were as concerned about the chances that the young girls were being pressured/forced into sex (see the younger the age at first intercourse the more likely it was to be nonvoluntary and/or unwanted) and the fact that early age of first intercouse is assocated with other problem behaviours (see


    On the better news front the first article also states:

    "Parenting style is also relevant: Young women who have authoritative parents and whose parents monitored their behavior closely are at lower risk than are other adolescents.10" The risk being of experiencing that the authors term nonvoluntary intercourse.



  • Guest

    Is it just me, or has this entire school/town forgotten that sexual activity with an 11 year old–regardless of whether it's consensual or not– is ILLEGAL and should be prosecuted as rape. I'm getting pretty tired of these "media morals" becoming the standard for our youth and our culture. We had better begin picketing, arguing, voicing true virtue loud and clear or we can consider this culture lost. I also wonder where the clergy is in this atrocity. Quiet comment and polite disagreement won't get it done. We need moral leadership–and it needs to come from the pew as much as the pulpit.

  • Guest

    About fifteen years ago now (the first year of the Clinton administration), a politically conservative friend of mine told me the underlying driver behind all of the "progressive" or liberal politics was pelvic. "It's all about screwing without restriction," he said, (although he didn't say "screwing", but used the other bad word).

    It is astonishingly simple and yet if one accepts it and looks at the political landcape with that lens, virtually all of the policy positions fit.

    Which leads, of course, to the accusation that the religious or conservative voters are all driven by prudishness.

  • Guest

    Protect the Rock:  Satan is a diabolical genius in his simplicity.  Destroying an entire civilization with the very act that should perpetuate humanity!  What cunning!  How tragic!

    The first Christians were recognized by their charity and their chastity.  Perfection in this virtue will save many with whom we come in contact. We can be living testimonies to the truth, beauty, and mystery of human love elevated by Grace to a sacrament.

    The Church doesn't think sex should simply be "good".  The One Flesh Union is better than "good" it's holy and therefore, great. 


  • Guest

    While this report is shocking, the truth remains that there ARE children of 11 (and younger) engaging in sexual activity.  Not all–or, even, most–of the "Babies having babies" phenomenon are due to rape or incest.  Children who have never "darkened the door of a church" and children of "cultural Christians" have no idea why they shouldn't follow the examples they see portrayed in various media.

    As if we needed one more, this is certainly an all-out condemnation of our "culture".  On the other hand, one has to pity the parents, public school teachers and administrators, the entertainment industry, and all the others who will suffer interminably for having "offended one of the least of these…."

  • Guest

    People should be shocked and appalled.  But not surprised  This is where 'we' have been going since the Pill and condom became common in our society. Since God was stricken from schools.  we need God to guide us. 

    It is sinful, despicable repulsive and should be criminal to give GIRLS anything that encourages them to be abused by teen boys, and to give them HORMONES which will affect them the rest of their lives.  Diane Sawyer is an idiot.     BUT SHE was not sleeping with anyone at 11!!!!

    The abortion industry is no doubt behind this, waiting for the moment to say it's a GIRL'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE (having reduced the number of women out there!)