My response to you is "good for you" in being a responsible 18 year old, and taking the time to seek out the services that would keep you from being a statistic. But you are you, and there are an awful lot of "not you" teens and women out there.<quoted text>
Actually, bozo, the real lame insults here are anti-choice morons like yourself. But hey, even morons have the right to their own delusions, no matter how idiotic they are.
FTR, I went to Planned Parenthood quite often when I was 18+ and had just moved to a big city. I knew that if I chose to have sex at some point, I DIDN'T want to get pregnant, so I needed reliable contraception to PREVENT that unwanted outcome. They charged very LITTLE money for that contraception, and I was very grateful to get it. I would have had to pay MORE anywhere else.
The Planned Parenthood facility I went to was terrific. The medical staff were very knowledgable and helpful, they answered all my questions on preventing unwanted pregnancy and STD's, and finally set me up with the contraception that I felt would work best for me. Thanks to Planned Parenthood and its wonderful staff, I never got pregnant before the time when I WANTED to become a mother, which wasn't until my 30's. I never got a sexually transmitted disease either. I went OFF birth control when I decided I was ready for the responsibility.
Furthermore, I strongly suggest that teens avoid all types of sexual activity with partners while in middle or high school. Because even WITH the use of birth control and condoms, unwanted pregnancy is still a possibility. Must protection always be used if for any reason a teen girl or guy decides to have sex? ABSOLUTELY, and EVERY time too. Is that protection a GUARANTEE a girl will never get pregnant? Absolutely NOT. All birth control methods can and do fail occasionally. When BC fails and a pregnancy results, it is still the girl's/woman's decision whether to continue it or not.
Now would it surprize you to know that after my ex-wife and I had our third child we both visited a doctor and discussed the options of her continuing the birth control protection she was using, which as you say is not an absolute "GUARANTEE", and my considering having a vasectomy, which is 99.999999999% "GUARANTEED".
The doctor appraised me of the fact that once the procedure is done the way he does it, I will not be the father of any more children. We discussed divorce, and loss of the children, and decided I would undergo the procedure. Now you notice I referred to my "ex-wife". I have been divorced for over twenty years, never allowed myself to become involved with a woman that might want children and never reached the point of considering getting remarried to a woman with children.
All of what my ex and I decided was accomplished without PP or the use of public funds. My "mutual" decision does not make me special, and I have never regretted the decision.
How many men in this country would you think have had a vasectomy and would you consider the procedure, if done, a responsible, considerate decision on a man's part?