Zimbabwe men will soon be on the pill

Scenario 1: “Hello beautiful, I want you to get a feel for what I have. Don’t worry, I’ll take your friends’ pill.” A die-hard gallop behind the wheel courts a teenage schoolgirl in the front seat beside him, after picking her up on her way home to the village from a sports day at her country school.

Scenario 2: “Are you on the pill, sir, may I ask?” A housewife responded to a man who picked her up from a wedding reception early one night and wanted to be intimate with her. “If not, I don’t want to cause a scandal in our family and community by getting pregnant in the absence of my husband, who is on a training program abroad and is on the pill.”

The above two scenarios are strong possibilities in the wake of a report that a male birth control pill is on the way and against a worrying trend of increasing teenage pregnancies in our country today and with promiscuous men roaming our urban centers in particular like hungry lions on the Hunt and hunt every rock, if not by a blood relative.

A private local radio station announced earlier this week that a male contraceptive pill was on the way, but gave no further details.

The report followed a report aired by the same network that said steps were underway to ban abortion in the United States.

The communicator was until yesterday unsuccessful in getting an opinion from the Harare Department of Health and Childcare on when and why it was deemed necessary to put men on the pill in a country of just over 16 million people.

The radio broadcast from the US said Congress may need to intervene as some states are likely to allow abortions to continue in front of government officials there.

Here at home, some women celebrated the news that men must take birth control pills too.

“This is great news because men are the ones who do a lot of harm when it comes to women getting pregnant,” said a homemaker in Bulawayo, who preferred anonymity.

She added, “For example, a woman is pregnant nine months before giving birth, and by that time a man will likely have just as many women pregnant.”

Also in Bulawayo, a man who asked not to be identified commented, “Even though it’s culturally considered wrong, putting the pill on men is the right thing to do.”

Another housewife employed by a government agency in Harare also welcomed the forthcoming introduction of male birth control pills. “This is wonderful news as men and women have the same reproductive role and therefore need to take turns taking birth control pills.”

In conclusion, this author, a family man, firmly believes that fear of God’s wrath and the strong arm of the law should compel people who take birth control pills to refrain from causing moral decay in society while Parents, schools and the church should play a central role in instilling good morals in an upright society.

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