Occupation Party planner
Are the centers a good idea? No. I'm pro-choice, but we're talking about a human being. It's not like returning a video in the middle of the night.
Should drop-offs be limited to newborns? Yes, and any baby under six months old.
Should schools distribute birth control to students? Yes. Most of the girls in my high school class got pregnant. Birth control should be mandatory.
Occupation Field operations, U.S. Census
Are the centers a good idea? We were just talking about this yesterday. I'm in favor of anything that will keep a child from being killed. So often these young girls are afraid, don't know how to care for a baby, don't have family support or the support of the baby's father. Plus, there are so many people who want to adopt children.
Should drop-offs be limited to newborns? Nobody older than five years.
Should schools distribute birth control to students? I'm torn, because I think sex education is a parent's responsibility, but a lot of parents aren't talking to their kids. People say handing out condoms or birth control gives kids license to have sex, but if they're going to do it anyway, I'd rather they be safe.
Are the centers a good idea? Yes, but they should be heavily publicized so that if a girl had a baby she couldn't keep, she'd know right away that she had options.
Should drop-offs be limited to newborns? The cutoff should be five years.
Should schools distribute birth control to students? I have a lot of qualms about birth control, because for women there are real side effects. On the other hand, if contraceptives are administered responsibly, they should be made available to students who want them.
Are the centers a good idea? I'm also a registered nurse, and I've seen so many women give birth to children they didn't want that it's changed the way I view life and death. I'm for anything that will give a new mother options.
Should drop-offs be limited to newborns? Yes, because this particular phenomenon is about young mothers who want to get rid of their newborn children.
Should schools distribute birth control to students? I don't know. How would you do it? Would you make an announcement that said, "For those of you who are sexually active, see Nurse Hadley"?
Are the centers a good idea? I don't like the idea of them, but they come from a real need.
Should drop-offs be limited to newborns? Yes. Everyone else should be placed in foster care.
Should schools distribute birth control to students? Definitely to junior and senior high school students. Younger girls should have access, but only if it's accompanied by sex education.
Resides Long Island
Occupation Vendor/coffee sales
Are the centers a good idea? There are pluses and minuses. They make it too easy to get rid of a kid, but so many kids are having kids that these centers may be necessary.
Should drop-offs be limited to newborns? Yes. Everyone else gets sent to foster care.
Should schools distribute birth control to students? Yes, but there has to be some kind of training that goes along with it. You can't just put up a grab bag and say, "Have fun!"
José Manuel Gonzalez
Resides New Jersey
Are the centers a good idea? Anything to keep New York from looking like Brazil, which has the largest number of street kids in the world. I do think the centers should be set up to provide counseling for parents, and I'd want to know if you could get your child back, or if the mother's parents could retrieve it.
Should drop-offs be limited to newborns? No. Limit things and you make people feel helpless. They'd think that they had no options if an older child were ineligible and that might put the child at greater risk.
Should schools distribute birth control to students? Yes. Thirty years ago, keeping sex a secret might have worked, but now everybody's doing it.
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