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by Abigail Van Buren

Dear Readers: Last Week, I Devoted Two Days to the Wonderful Responses I Received From Readers Telling Me How They Just Said "No" to Sex. Today I'm Devoting My Column to More of the Responses Readers Sent Regarding This Important Question:

DEAR ABBY: My standard reply to a boy who wanted sex was, "Do you want to be a father?" That usually stopped him cold. Then I would say, "I don't want to be a mother, either." And that was usually the end of it.

Once in a while I'd run into someone who carried a condom in his wallet, then I just had to give a firm "NO."

I have passed this strategy on to several girls over the years, and they've always thanked me for the tip. I hope this helps your readers. -- JANIS C. IMINER, PITTSFORD, N.Y.