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Kathryn Gunning 9185 Stearns East Hall 600 30 th Street Boulder, CO 80310 November 8, 2007 Bill Ritter Governor of Colorado Colorado State Capitol 200 East Colfax Denver, CO 80203 Dear Governor Ritter: I have been following the proposal to make birth control available in Denver high schools; this would benefit many teenagers by lowering the teen pregnancy rate which could help keep them from dropping out of school. If we offer birth control in high schools this will not only help teenagers but society as a whole. The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is much higher than those of other western counties, because we are less open about sex, which reduces the amount of information teenagers get about sex, and there is less access to contraception. As Jeanne H. Ballantine makes clear, even though teenagers in some European countries are more sexually active than teenagers in the United States the pregnancy rate here is still among the highest in the world. Taking on some of their values and policies could help us greatly as a society.
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Unformatted text preview: Large amounts of teen pregnancies hurt the whole community, many teenage mothers cannot support their children, so they drop out of school to work; this perpetuates the feminization of poverty. The only support system the government gives is welfare; that only goes so far, it can get to the point where many rely on it. If we could help prevent the teen pregnancies to begin with there would be fewer young women living in poverty. If we started offering contraception to high schools in Denver we could help so many young women to work toward better lives. If this is successful in Denver high schools it might inspire other school districts to offer birth control to their students as well. There is much more good that can come from offering contraception in schools than bad, teenagers will not be more promiscuous, they will be more informed about sex and can make better, safer decisions about their sexual activity. Sincerely, Kathryn Gunning...
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