General News of Friday, 16 March 2018
Member of Parliament for Kintampo South in the Brong Ahafo Region, Felicia Adjei, is pushing for teenage girls in the country who cannot control their sexual drive, to be given condoms to avoid teenage pregnancy.
Hon. Adjei notes that though abstinence is the best in the quest to reducing the alarming rate of teenage pregnancy in Ghana, a lot of teenage girls are unable to abstain from sex.
“We the mothers must be bold and teach our children about sex. I always have condoms in my bag. I give my 20-year-old daughter condoms when she is going to school”, she said.
Speaking on Adom FM’s morning show Dwaso Nsem Friday, the Kintampo South MP said the issue of teenage pregnancy in her constituency is a serious matter hence the need for people to be realistic and bold to talk about sex and not pretend.
The reality, she added, was that teenage girls are having sex, “so if they have the condoms, it will protect them, not only from pregnancy, but from other sexually transmitted diseases”.
Hon. Adjei bemoaned how religious bigotry has demonized sex education making it difficult for many Christian parents to educate their children on the reproductive system.
She said teenage pregnancy is a major cause of maternal mortality in Ghana hence called on parents to take her call serious.