Kids can order free condoms for delivery

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LOS ANGELES — With just a few clicks of a mouse, kids as young as 12 can have free condoms delivered to their doors in California.

And the program has now expanded to two new counties.

News of the expansion comes as the federal government approves the “morning-after pill” without a prescription for girls as young as 15.

CondomsThe development has garnered mixed reactions from Californians.

“I would ask parents the question, ‘Who should be making decisions for the best welfare of your child — you as a parent, or the state, who has no direct connection, has no understanding, has no relationship with your child?'” San Diego-area pastor Chris Clark told CNN affiliate KSWB.

But the alarming rates of sexually transmitted diseases among teens call for an immediate response, health officials say.

The Condom Access Project has been around for a year. Late last month, it expanded to San Diego and Fresno counties, bringing the number of counties it serves to seven.

As part of the project, anyone between 12 and 19 years old in the seven counties can confidentially request a pack of 10 condoms online, up to once a month.

With each order, teens also receive personal lubricant to reduce breakage as well as educational information, said the California Family Health Council, which runs the project.

So far, the program has sent nearly 30,000 condoms to youths via home mailers in the past year.

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  • hoopee

    WHY is this only for 12-19 year olds? Shouldn't we be teaching responsibility for their lifetime, not just pubescence? I understand 'non profits' and organizations raise fund by targeting a primary demographic, however, if they're going to provide condoms in those counties, why should it be limited to teenagers?

  • guest

    Ok this picture is kinda disgusting as the main photo for the article. They could have selected one a little more subtle. WTH

  • guest

    If the government wants to take over parental responsibilities, maybe they should assume the financial responsibility of raising the children also!!

  • Guest

    Excellent idea, it's about time.
    Get the kids used to the idea of using condoms, know what they are, what they look like and know they are easily available.
    It is never too soon to teach kids about prevention and save them from being teenage or even juvenile parents.
    Talk about it with them now or whine about what happened to their lives after an unwanted pregnancy later.
    People need to stop pretending about underage sex like it's not happening it should not be kept as a secret until it is too late.
    Talk about it.

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