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Wisconsin District Attorney Goes Bonkers on Birth Control

In what appears to be some kind of politically motivated stunt, a Wisconsin district attorney is threatening certain Wisconsin school districts with prosecution if they teach their students about condoms.

The State of Wisconsin recently passed a law allowing schools to opt out of teaching sex education, but also requiring schools that do teach sex education to teach about condom usage.   

Soon after the law went into effect, Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth sent letters to five school districts stating that teachers face “possible criminal liability” for teaching kids how to use condoms.  According to Southworth:

“Forcing our schools to instruct children on how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in sexual behaviour, whether as a victim or an offender….  It is akin to teaching children about alcohol use, then instructing them on how to make mixed alcoholic drinks.”

So far as I know, no scientific evidence supports Southworth’s notion that teaching kids how to use condoms encourages them to engage in sexual behavior.   

It interests me that Southworth describes kids who engage in sexual behavior as either “victims” or “offenders”.   His language criminalizes the sex act. 

Last, his metaphor of “teaching children to make mixed drinks” is a bit screwy.  A condom is not to sex like mixed drinks are to alcohol.  Closer to the truth: A condom is to sex like a seat belt and defensive driving are to operating an automobile.

At least that’s what I make of this news.  What do you make of it?

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