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Updated Wednesday, July 15th 2009 at 00:00 GMT +3
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Let us rethink mode of promoting emergency pill

The media campaign to promote the emergency contraceptive pill, or E-Pill as it also referred to, is the most irresponsible promotion I have come across in a long time.

Njoki Karuoya

The media campaign to promote the emergency contraceptive pill, or E-Pill as it also referred to, is the most irresponsible promotion I have come across in a long time.

Just when we thought sanity was slowly drifting back to the youth, the proponents of this campaign, who to my shock also include the Government if a recent advertisement in the papers is anything to go by, go back to the streets to scream that unprotected sex is safe as long as a girl gets her hands on the e-pill!

So what message are we as a country sending to our youth? That the only thing they have to fear in their lives is pregnancy? So what about sexually transmitted infections including HIV and Aids? What about the dangers of creating a highly charged promiscuous society?

Have we forgotten how easy it is to be influenced as young people? All it takes is a justification for bad behaviour and off they go! Even the most ‘holiest of Joes’ can be swayed by a simple argument as the e-pill, which is being touted as a cleanser of sins.

Generation in danger

As a Catholic, my friends and I grew up believing pre-marital sex was a major sin against God and the body. That was until some ‘wise’ young men argued, during a debate, that since all sins are forgiven during the Saturday confessions (that was the day we used to go for confession), then we could all indulge in the sins that give the body pleasure all week before seeing the priest after which we would all be as clean as a white cloth.

Because we still believed in heaven and earth, we invested heavily in night prayers to safeguard against death until Saturday confession.

This story may sound funny now but it is a reality even today. When we add the emergency pill into the equation, we open the doors wide open to frequent habitual abuse.

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