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by Abigail Van Buren

Lack of Communication Leads to Teen's Tragic Pregnancy

DEAR ABBY: I want to thank Carol Montgomery for expressing an opinion that I strongly believe in. We need sex education in schools to promote safer sex.

Two of my friends got pregnant and another friend got a disease. Giving students condoms doesn't tell us it's a good idea to have sex; it reminds us that if we're having sex (or plan to), we should practice safe sex.

Nobody from the press or the television news has asked anyone in my age group what we think about distributing condoms in school. Some teen-agers may be too embarrassed to buy birth control at a drugstore or go to a clinic to ask for the pill.

Not all teen-agers are irresponsible, pot-smoking, cocaine-snorting morons like many adults seem to think.

Thank you, Abby, for allowing me to express my feelings. -- A SENIOR IN THE SOUTHLAND