What’s a condom?

Code 3 for abdominal pain.

An attractive 18-year-old is complaining of suprapubic cramping. Unusual in the ghetto. She is 10 weeks pregnant. Not unusual in the ghetto.

On our way to the hospital, I begin to remember.

“Didn’t we take you to the hospital a few weeks ago?”


“For the same thing?”


She starts crying.

“I’m tired of this.”

“Well, these things happen, especially with a pregnancy.”

“I know.”

“Do you know who the father is?”

“Yeah. But he doesn’t care.”

“That’s why you have to protect yourself and use condoms. It’s unfair because you’re the girl, but you’re the one who has to deal with this pregnancy and everything that comes with it. You have to think about yourself because boys aren’t going to.”

“What’s a condom?”

So thanks to the unrealistic and unreasonable ideology of groups hostile to birth control and family planning, the most vulnerable can’t even get something as simple as a bit of knowledge about condoms, let alone get them.

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