California kids as young as 12 years old can have condoms delivered to their door for free and without their parents’ consent with the help of a new program the state’s Department of Public Health introduced Tuesday.
The Condom Access Project, available through TeenSource.org — a website that provides information about safe sex for California teens — will be available for individuals ages 12-19 in parts of the state. The kids do not need their parents' permission, and they can get up to 10 condoms a month. All they have to do is sign up online.
“If you’re having sex, protect yourself and your partner by using a condom every time,” the TeenSource website says . The site then prompts teens to enter their ZIP code, age and city to get the free condoms.
Several days later, a package of condoms, lubricant and an educational pamphlet arrives at teenagers' homes in a nondescript yellow envelope, WCPO reported.
The initiative targets counties with “alarmingly high” numbers of sexual transmitted diseases among teenagers as well as teen pregnancies, according to a Huffington Post story. It has distributed more than 30 thousand condoms across California so far.
Amy Moy, vice president of public affairs for the Family Health Council, a nonprofit co-sponsoring the program, told the Bakersfield Californian that they can’t pretend there isn’t a problem in the state.
"We know teens are engaging and we want to make sure they're as safe as possible," she said.
Many parents and abstinence advocates are angry over the program, including Bakersfield Pregnancy Center’s Linda Davis who says Kern County — one of the areas included in the initiative — should not be part of the plan.
"I would think the overwhelming majority of parents in Kern County wouldn't think this is a good idea," Davis told the Associated Press . "And I don't think their kids would have the nerve to request them."