The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is upset with the federal government. Why, you ask? Because the Department claims that the feds didn’t give them enough money to hand out as many free condoms as they wanted to last year.
According to the New York Post, the Department “distributed 20,917,000 male condoms in the fiscal year ending June 30, down 40.6 percent from the 35,220,000 given out the previous year.” The Department blames the dropoff on “‘lower federal funding amounts for traditional safer sex products.’”
No, that wasn’t a misprint. The Health Department is unhappy because they only handed out over 20 million condoms last year.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has concerns about the Department’s complaints. First, we do not believe that condom distribution is an appropriate function of government at any level. As a Christian organization, we believe that sexual activity should only occur within the context of authentic (opposite-sex) marriage. We also believe that the consequences of our nation’s abandonment of this shared moral understanding (unplanned pregnancies, single parenting, sexually transmitted diseases, and huge increases in abortion, to name a few) have been, and continue to be, devastating. Married couples are expected to act as responsible adults; they should be able to manage their own sexual lives without requiring government-provided contraceptives. Persons who are unmarried should not be engaging in sexual activity in the first place and should not be encouraged by government to engage in such behavior.
Second, providing free condoms in New York City should be a non-priority for the federal government. New York City is a huge metropolis with an annual budget approaching $90 billion. If Mayor Bill de Blasio and his far-left fellow travelers want to hand out more than 20 million condoms per year, they should foot the bill themselves.