Just for Having Sex
The Irish Supreme Court has recently ruled that a law permitting teenage boys to be prosecuted for having underage sex while exempting teenage girls from prosecution for the same act is constitutional. The ruling stated that this is “because girls risk pregnancy and the law is entitled to place the burden of criminal sanction on those who bear the least adverse consequences.
Apparently the Irish Court fails to see that the risk to a boy of having to spend two decades as an indentured servant working to support a child he may not have wanted is not quite the same as getting pregnant. Having no choice other than to support his unwanted child is not as severe as having the choice to terminate the pregnancy. It is not as severe as having the choice to give the baby away to be adopted. It certainly isn’t as severe as having the choice of keeping the baby if the mother wants it. Having the choice of whether or not to risk nine months of pregnancy is far more risk than not having the choice of spending 18 years slaving away for someone else’s ability to choose.
Nevermind that this decision turns nearly every teenage boy inIreland into a sex criminal and nearly every teenage girl into a slut with the power to send him to jail. This decision means that it’s legal for a teenage girl to have sex with her teenage boyfriend, it’s crime for a teenage boy to have sex with her. Now imagine that once they’ve had sex a few times, she decides she doesn’t like him anymore. Pick up the phone… Call the cops… Away he goes.