Vermont Makes History, Starts Handing Out Condoms to 12-Year-Olds

Denis Farrell

It’s official: Vermont has made history.

As reported by WCAX, the Green Mountain State has become the first to give condoms to preteens.

Last year, Gov. Phil Scott signed into law a measure mandating that public schools make condoms available for their students.

The initiative includes 7th graders, who — excepting situations of double promotion — may be as young as 12.

In addition to dispensing such accessories for oral, vaginal, and anal sex, schools are required to give kids information on how to properly employ them.

As noted by South Burlington’s CBS3, the distribution and instruction will be “inclusive of gender identity, sexuality and ethnicity.”

And who’s footing the bill? In Vermont’s case, the prophylactics will be provided by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

Though signed in 2020, the program didn’t go into effect ’til July.

Statute 16 V.S.A. § 132 reads thusly:

In order to prevent or reduce unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, each school district shall make condoms available to all students in its secondary schools, free of charge. School district administrative teams, in consultation with school district nursing staff, shall determine the best manner in which to make condoms available to students. At a minimum, condoms shall be placed in locations that are safe and readily accessible to students, including the school nurse’s office.

As noted by the New York Post, in passing the above, the home of Bernie Sanders became the first in America “to require all public middle and high schools to give students access to free condoms.”

Per the outlet, Vermont’s move followed its 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Assessment finding 40 percent of high schoolers were sexually active.

Also indicated: Only half of those were using condoms.

Will the free accessories alter the rate of preventative application?

Whether yes or no, I can’t help but believe it’ll also bolster the other metric.

Either way, the new law is certainly no surprise.

There once was a time — a very long time, by the way — when virtue and morality involved behavior. These days, virtue is something you exercise via hashtags.

The real-world practice of restrained lifestyle choices looks to have lost its luster.

And it’s no wonder — we’ve lost our religion, therefore abandoning our moral compass.

And with faith goes purpose. Anymore, nothing seems to mean anything.

That applies to the words we speak as well as the things we do.

Furthermore, childhood and innocence were once prized. But the kids have grown up: If elementary schoolers are old enough to choose their gender identity with chemical and surgical alterations impending, adult sexual decisions such as those concerning intercourse are surely just around the bend.

Back to innocence, we were better off before.

There is a hole in the heart of America.

And we don’t appear poised to see it filled:

Could that change?

Of course.

But in the meantime, in Vermont — whatever else is happening in schools — sex education is alive and well.

Not as thriving as it used to be: the idea that kids shouldn’t be having sex.

Phil Scott, incidentally, is a Republican.

-ALEX

 

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