I get uncomfortable when I hear someone say that there are too many abortions. Too many for whom? Implied is the answer, “All the immoral, slutty teen moms who were too irresponsible to use birth control”; in other words, “Any abortion whose cause I disapprove of is one too many”. I agree with this response:
“…it’s better to prevent an unwanted pregnancy than to end one in abortion. I've never met a woman in an…abortion clinic who wanted to be there. No woman aspires to have an abortion.
"…abortion is not in itself the problem. The problem is…unwanted pregnancy, and abortion can be the solution to that for many women. There's no right or wrong number; we need as many abortions as are necessary to solve the problem pregnancies that women face."
Here’s where I disagree:
“Lord Steel wants improved sex education in schools covering both sexual ethics and the use of contraception.”
I don’t think sexual ethics can be taught, just as I don’t think *ezrachut pe’ilah* אזרחות פעילה [“active citizenship”] classes can create active citizens. You’re either mature enough to be having sex, or you’re not, and we have to face the following: 1) Teens are having sex; and 2) Teens are not mature enough to be having sex.
That leaves us with reproductive education -- solid reproductive education, complete with hands-on cucumbers-and-condom demos -- which having had it, teens are more likely to take it from there responsibly. It’s the school’s job to dispense information, not values. Leave the ethics to the kid’s church and / or parents, but by God, let’s give them information.
I read a stat that said that teenage girls who have visited a gynecologist are 50% less likely to get pregnant. I’m a proponent of taking them before they’re sexually active: Simply seeing the posters of pregnant women and the relevant informational notices in the waiting room is an eye-opener for them.
And hey, why not take the guys? Schools should make it a field trip, either to a Planned Parenthood or a private ob-gyn. Make their heads spin too. Can’t hurt.