I think the reproductive rights of teenagers, especially girls, is a feminist issue But I'll post it over in the other thread too, if you want. In any case, as much as people would like to talk about parents having absolute control over their children, most people end up having sex before they turn 18. It is an absolute necessity that young people be educated and have access to adequate birth control methods in order to reduce the overall teenage pregnancy rate. From http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/archives/nr_euroteens.html Easy access to contraceptive and reproductive health services contributes to better contraceptive use and lower teenage pregnancy rates. In many countries, free or extremely low-cost contraceptive and reproductive health services that respect teen privacy are integrated into general medical care. These services are provided to the general population under the national health system, which contributes to ease of access and lends support to the notion that contraceptive use is not only acceptable, but essential. By contrast, there is no universal health insurance in the United States, many U.S. insurance policies do not cover contraceptives, and contraceptive methods are often more expensive in the United States than in other developed countries. Because of the cost and to ensure confidentiality, U.S. teenagers rely heavily on family planning clinics rather than their family doctor for contraceptive services, which marginalizes both the clinics for providing care out of the mainstream and the teenage clients for seeking those services. Couldn't have said it better myself.