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Mayor Bloomberg’s Sexy Teen App

Posted on | March 31, 2013 | 5 Comments

New Yorkers are so sophisticated, aren’t they?

The Bloomberg administration has launched an app intended to reduce teen pregnancy called “Teens in NYC Protection+” that provides a wealth of health data for kids who are — or are thinking about becoming — sexually active, The Post has learned.
Information about everything from free clinics for HIV and STD testing to receiving condoms and emergency contraception is just a touch away on a smartphone. . . .
Parents who visit the site are in for a surprising lesson about state law.
“Teens in New York state have a legal right to get sexual-health services without the permission of parents, guardians, boyfriends, girlfriends, relatives or anyone else,” the site advises.
By comparison, a teen is not allowed to go on a school trip without parental consent. . . .
“While the percent of high-school teens who have had sex declined by 26 percent over the last 10 years, there are more than 19,000 teen pregnancies each year and most — 87 percent — are unintended,” the Health Department said.

Perhaps teens would not be so careless if they didn’t have a gigantic Nanny State welfare apparatus constantly ready to intervene between them and responsibility. The helplessness of the populace — who presumably can neither pay for their own condoms nor find where to get them free without a special smart-phone app — becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you start with the assumption that people are in constant need of guidance and aid from government, then spend millions to provide such “help,” you will eventually produce a certain clientele who are as helpless as you thought them to be.

Mankind survived for thousands of years without smart-phone apps to tell teenagers where to get free condoms. I’m not sure how long we can survive Bloomberg-ism.

Also, isn’t the description of teenagers “who are — or are thinking about becoming — sexually active” kind of all-inclusive? I mean, what teenager doesn’t think about becoming sexually active? What did we do before we had an app for that?



5 Responses to “Mayor Bloomberg’s Sexy Teen App”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 31st, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    So does Uncle Bloomberg want the young-ins to sit on his lap and fish for coins in his pockets?

  2. robertstacymccain
    March 31st, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Heh. Under normal circumstances, parents are profoundly suspicious of people who want to talk to their kids about sex. But for some reason, they trust “experts” to do so, without even stopping to ask, what kind of person would pursue a career in this kind of expertise?

  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 31st, 2013 @ 11:50 am

    Hey, now that the parents are on guard to priests and ministers, school teachers, scout leaders and sport coaches who seems to have a strong attraction to kids…this is new, uh, virgin territory for those looking for that “special relationship” with youth to exploit.

  4. Cube
    March 31st, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    If NY teens have a right to sexual health services (what all do you think is included in that euphemism, huh?) without permission from parents or guardians, who has the responsibility to fix things when problems arise related to sexual health “services”? You can bet the bureaucrats and nannies won’t even think about taking responsibility for their own actions once a young persons life turns to hash. Instead there will be another government program to fix the problem created by the previous government program.

  5. Cube
    March 31st, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    And do these so-called “experts” even know what they’re talking about?