The big A

By Mikera Walker
On April 6, 2017

Abstinence is defined as any self-restraint, self-denial, or forbearance.

The type of abstinence I’m talking about is sexual abstinence.

I open my Facebook up on any given day and I see pregnancy announcements from several high school friends.

I’m from the classic, conservative small town. The only sort of sex ed supplied by the school was… wait we didn’t have sex ed! The only information about sex comes in the form of health class.

From what I remember of this class, taught by my P.E. coach, is that we were each assigned an STD to do a presentation over and those photos were haunting.

Yet, last year due to having an incredibly high rate of gonorrhea, the school hosted a speaker to discuss safe sex.

To me, the blame doesn’t lie with the school. The blame lies with the parents who were too naïve or maybe just too stubborn to discuss safe sex.

Young girls are getting pregnant and it’s sad to me. If their parents had put them on birth control or discussed safe sex, rather than assume abstinence would get them through to marriage, they may not have ended up pregnant.

It’s a growing problem, and the worst part is that girls are either getting pregnant in high school or getting married right after graduation to be able to have guilt free sex.

Wait or don’t wait but don’t saddle yourself to some guy because you can’t have safe sex, and please - be careful.

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