A couple of years back when Evan was 13 he was given an assignment by his school. He had to take a position on abortion, and debate that position. He had to take a side which was "Life," and he had to research the subject. Now I'm no prude, but isn't this a little premature for a very young teenager?
Surely we gain nothing from teaching children the complexities of adult life before their time. And it was at a Catholic school too.
We talked about the outcome and he told me that he ended up saying; "When you go home tonight, kiss your mother as she chose life!" I thought that was quite good.
Bearing in mind the flavor of the school, I would have chosen a different tack: "So if you believe in abortion at all, you will go straight to hell and burn for eternity!" I wonder what they would have said to that?
Having lived in a society where abortion was illegal, no matter the protests they'll never get the genie back in the bottle, the alternatives are just to awful to consider.
I certainly believe a discussion on the subject is good for older kids, but I think 13 is just a bit too soon, don't you?