A Text will help a Teen Remember Birth Control

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 Decatur-Sex is a sizzling hot topic, but it is a conversation many parents avoid having with their children. 

 "If it's something they want to do, they are going to do it and they are going to find a way to do it," said Kindra Smith the Teen Health Program Director at Webster Cantrell Hall in Decatur.

Smith's statement is most likely true for many kids. So since adults know it happens, is it okay for young girls to take birth control?

"A teen is too young. They are not capable of taking care of a newborn or a child period," said Susan Wareham.

Wareham's answer is yes. She wants sexually active girls to take birth control if that prevents a child from having a child herself.

"I have a 23-year-old daughter who had a baby 13 months ago and she was nowhere near ready to have a baby," Whareham added.

"They don't have to worry about leaving the kids with someone else, so they can go running around. So yea they owt to be on birth control," said David Kiser.

However, if you ask someone with a little more years on them.

"I think that they should wait until they are married. . . I'm just form the old school. . . and I think they should wait," said Jackie Burcham.

If they don't wait and receive birth control injections every three months, Johns Hopkins research shows teens need a reminder. 

Out of 100 teens surveyed, half got automatic calls and the other half got a text message. Those who received a text were more likely to show up for their injections.

"If they're not responsible enough to know when to take them, they shouldn't be taking them," said Carolyn York.

"It's not different then sending a text message to take the trash out, or did they do their homework, so why not send them a text message especially since that is the norm right now in regards to our communication," Smith said.

Working at Webster Cantrell Hall, Smith knows all about teen pregnancy.

"I think a lot more parents are starting to become more open about it just because they are aware of what's going on in our community and the rates and at one point in time. . . Macon County was the highest in the state of Illinois in regards to teenage pregnancy," Smith added.

The Macon County teen health program and Teen Health Coalition has contributed to the drop in teens having babies since 2012, but they are still having sex.

"I don't think that it's nothing we can do or anyone else can do to make teens stop having sex, because if it is something they want to do they are going to do it," said Smith.

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