Anyway, Geeky Boy says, "I think abortion should be legal. Because if you're not ready to have a kid, then you shouldn't." Then he goes back to reading his book. When Mr. Geeky goes to put Geeky Girl to bed, I ask Geeky Boy what he thinks about abortion. He says it should be legal, but you should tell someone if you're going to have one, like your parents or a judge. I thought this was cute and probably came from his sense that for something that serious, an authority figure needs to put their stamp of approval on it. I asked him if he wouldn't be afraid to go talk to a judge. He said maybe. And I explained that I thought if someone wanted to get an abortion, they should be able to without having to ask anyone. They should be able to go somewhere like Planned Parenthood and be taken care of. Then I said, ideally, a teenager wouldn't get pregnant in the first place and I asked him if he knew how to prevent pregnancy.
He said, Yeah, you use those sticks or something, Pamprin? I did not laugh. I wasn't even close to laughing. I explained that girls could take birth control pills and that they have to go to the doctor to get them. And I asked about how boys prevent pregnancy, because you know, I said, it takes a boy and a girl to get pregnant. He said he didn't know. So I explained what condoms were and told him we'd always keep some in the bathroom or he could buy them at the drug store.
And then that was it. That was all he could handle for the moment. And you know, it wasn't hard at all.