Chicago is Wrong on Condoms for 10-Year-Olds

Chicago keeps making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Earlier this month, Chicago Public Schools announced that it would be making free condoms available in schools, beginning with children in the fifth grade. In case you’re wondering (or too old to remember), fifth grade is still elementary school, and fifth graders are typically 10 or 11 years old.

Kenneth Fox, M.D., described in a Chicago Sun-Times article as “CPS’ top doctor,” was quoted as saying that the decision to make condoms available to fifth graders was “informed by a developmental understanding of children.”

Excuse me?

Most 10 and 11-year-olds have not even gone through puberty. They do not have secondary sex characteristics. And yet, according to Fox, these children are developmentally capable of having sex and of making the responsible choice to use a condom during sexual intercourse. In fact, he says as much in the article: “Young people have the right to accurate and clear information to make healthy decisions.”

So, a middle schooler having sex qualifies as a “healthy decision”?

Fox is not the only one tossing the word “health” around. Scout Bratt, the outreach and education director at Chicago Women’s Health Center, described public schools as “community health centers essentially,” and

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