The question of whether high school students should receive condoms is a matter of practicality and public health. Many argue that providing condoms to high school students can help reduce the risks of unintended pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

Teenagers are at an age where they may become sexually active, and providing access to condoms can be a responsible approach to ensuring their safety. It acknowledges that some students are already engaging in sexual activity despite educational efforts to encourage abstinence.

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Last Sunday, California Governor Gavin Newsom turned down a proposal to provide free condoms to all public high school students. His reason was the cost, given the state's budget deficit of over $30 billion. He wrote, "This bill would create an unfunded mandate to public schools that should be considered in the annual budget process." Senate Bill 541 would've made it mandatory for all public high schools (grades 9-12) to offer free condoms to students. Additionally, public schools with grades seven through 12 would've been required to include condoms in educational or public health programs. Moreover, it would've been against the law for retailers to deny condom sales to young people.

With abortion being completely banned in Idaho because of a law that went into effect in August of 2022, could this be an alternative to help with unwanted pregnancies in Idaho? Critics argue that providing condoms might send a mixed message or encourage early sexual activity. However, studies have shown that access to condoms doesn't increase sexual activity but can lead to more responsible decisions among sexually active students.

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