The example of a dispute in history is one that has been going on for the past couple decades and it is the controversy over whether or not schools should be making condoms available to students. This began when the AIDS crisis was introduced in the 1990s and sexually transmitted diseases became something of a large concern. A rather small amount of schools decided to start the supplying of condoms to students along with an increase in sexual education about the importance of use to decrease STDs and teenage pregnancy. However, problems arose quickly among other schools, parents, and religious groups. The thought was that the distribution of condoms to students would not only increase the amount of sex among these teens but also encourage them to become active sooner.
On the religious stance, many conservative religions do not believe in the use of contraceptives so the use of condoms is clearly frowned upon. Along with that, many parents think this will increase the sexual activity of their children and so both of those groups advocate for sexual education programs that enforce a more abstinence-based education schools and some have brought in government roles to back them up. Policies had been tossed around to reduce and/or remove the condom distribution in schools, but not many have succeeded. The amount of STDs in our population are held 25% by the adolescent population which is huge so in the eyes of doctors and those in the public health sector, the availability of condoms is crucial to our society. Most research studies that I came across on this topic suggested that there was no significant increase in sexual activity among youth that were supplied with the condoms, but there was an increase in the improvement of condom use among those that were. Whether or not these statements and research are true, another source said that it would be best to distribute the condoms according to the area and population of the school itself. Higher risk areas would obviously benefit more than others and overall, having an abstinence-based sex education class would make the message most clear.