As a father of four teenagers, I feel pangs of concern and outrage when it's reported that more than 7,000 girls aged 15 to 17 in New York City are getting pregnant each year, with two-thirds resulting in abortions ["Parents should have a say," Editorial, Oct. 1].
Decades of values-free government and school policies promoting the liberal application of contraceptives, abortion, limited parental notification, sex education, and now the morning-after pill for girls as young as 14 years old, fail to treat the root cause.
The larger issue is that we have let our society degrade women and minimize sexuality to just another bodily function, unrelated to values and spirituality. These teenage programs need increased involvement, education and assistance from parents and guardians. We need to teach the basic notion that sexuality is serious, and any resulting pregnancy is a God-created gift from the moment of conception with life-long consequences to a young person's life and soul.
Marc de Venoge, Manhasset