I care about life not simply "happening" to me. And I think I'm not the only one. Mandating contraception education that truly equips adolescents to make choices about contraception is the goal we have been missing all along.
I can't remember the words my then-13-year-old son Enrique used when he told me that his uncle had told him that he was sick, that having erections was a sign that he was gay, that it meant that he was a sinner. I could hardly bear to hear him say it.
As we worry about how to protect our children, we seem to lose track of the fact that they grow up to be sexually engaged youth. For eight years, we did not offer any options except abstinence-only sex education in the public schools.