I hate to admit it, but I watch Boston Legal. There are a lot of different reasons why I watch this show, but the most significant reason is I like to ponder the moral, ethical, and political quandaries they bring up in many of the court cases presented on the show. For the most part Boston Legal makes conservatives look like idiots with mad cow disease and liberals are portrayed as the most sensible, logical, and tolerant people. Allan (played by James Spader) always takes on the role of the sensible liberal.
This week Allan took a court case involving a young teenage girl with aids who wanted to sue her school for teaching abstinence only. She was a 15 year old girl who had sex with her boyfriend (things got out of hand she says) and then she found out that she was HIV positive from that encounter. She felt that the school itself was most at fault and she only took a small part of the blame in this. Her school was teaching abstinence only in order to get government grants and she thought that the school should be required to teach safe sex education and that this safe sex education would have saved her life.
The question is, was the school at fault for causing this girl to suffer with HIV. The obvious, logical answer is NO! Regardless of what the school teaches in regards to sex, this girl was ultimately responsible for her actions. If she wanted to have sex then it should have been her responsibility to find out all of the facts about sex before diving into it. First of all, sexual education is readily available to teenagers and I find it hard to believe that this 15 year old girl would have been so naive as to now know that unprotected sex spreads disease. Secondly it is her choice and she should be held accountable for that choice, instead she was attempting to blame someone other than herself for having aids. She didn’t blame or sue the boyfriend who gave her the disease, she sued the school. Thirdly, if she is going to sue anyone for blame other than herself then it should have either been the boyfriend for not telling her that he had HIV or it should have been her parents. Sexual education should be something taught in the home and these parents should have been responsible as well.
Instead she passes the blame to the school and the school is only teaching abstinence only education in order to get a government grant and so ultimately it is the evil conservative religious finantics in government who are at fault for this 15 year old girl having aids. Give me a break. She made the choice to have sex. It’s her fault. Bottom line is that we don’t want to be held responsible for our own actions.
She won the court case and the school had to pay her 750,000 because they were at fault for giving this girl aids. Ridiculous.