November 26, 2020

Letter to the Editor: Pregnancy, birth control, and STD’s

To all Heard County teenagers,

As a young single mother myself I realize how hard it can be to raise children alone — it really takes a toll on everyone.

I love my children more than anything in the entire world. The thing that bothers me the most is that I cannot provide for them like I would want.

If you are a young sexually active teen, there are things you should know! DO NOT try to get pregnant thinking that the mother/father of the baby will automatically love you forever! Pregnancy is a life changing event for everyone and if it is not the right time — Wait!

If you are only in high school you need to get your life situated first before you can become a parent; find a job, a home, and become financially stable.

If you are going to be sexually active like I know most teens are these days, there are things you can do!

The Health Department offers things that will help you out from condoms, birth control, and information about STDs!

Many teenagers are frightened to go for the fear of talking to their parents about it — but the thing is you can walk in to the Health Department and not have to have your parents with you — you can do it anonymously, and it is free of charge! No questions asked!

Also many teenage girls are afraid of the thought of the Pap Smear — new laws state that they are not required now until age 21!

Teenage boys are also afraid to ask for condoms but let me tell you this: the staff at the Health Department understand and know how nerve-racking this can be — they are friendly and also keep everything confidential!


Ashley Ledford

Ephesus, GA



  1. Mona Johnson says

    I just wanted to say that I agree 100% with Ashley. If you are gonna have sex get help and don’t rely on just one prevention. Many times the condoms break. Make sure you talk to someone and get the best advice before hand. Babies are a wonderful blessing but they can be a burden to someone who is not ready to deal with the responsibility. Just remember that ABSTINENCE is the best policy

  2. abstinence is best, but, Ms Ledford provides great advice for the majority. Thank you for caring enough to address the issue.

  3. It’s something that happens everyday and young people should know their options!

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