Reply to Galen: Condoms

Lord Larkin O'Kane larkin at
Tue Jul 22 18:55:06 PDT 1997

On Tue, 22 Jul 1997 15:38:50 -0400 (EDT), you wrote:

>Siobhan again.
>Okay.  For those of you who enjoy hypothetical moral dilemmas, try this:
>You are a warranted chiurgeon who has chosen to carry condoms.  As part of
>your training for your office, you have been made aware that you may not
>treat a minor without parental consent.  In fact, you are not even to offer
>them an aspirin.  One starlit spring evening, two young (and I mean young)
>lovers approach you requesting a condom.  You know they are 15 and 16 years
>old, and they make it fairly clear that they are going to have sex, with or
>without protection.  Do you violate policy and give them a condom?  Is there
>an answer to this question that is both legally and morally correct?

Were I the chiurgeon, I would reach into my bag, pull out a condom,
place it on the table and say, "I'm sorry, I am not allowed to give
condoms to minors. Turn my back and walk away for a few feet and
return. If the condom is gone - fine. if it's still on the table, I
smile at them and say "Go tell your parents that you need a condom."

>"We read to be reminded we are not alone."  C.S. Lewis

I read because I am alone and I wish to enjoy it.



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