Skip to comments.Maine Middle School to Offer the Pill
Posted on 10/18/2007 5:02:53 AM PDT by steadfastconservative
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Pupils at a city middle school will be able to get birth control pills and patches at their student health center after the local school board approved the proposal Wednesday evening. The plan, offered by city health officials, makes King Middle School the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available to students in grades 6 through 8, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. There are no national figures on how many middle schools, where most students range in age from 11 to 13, provide such services. "It's very rare that middle schools do this," said Divya Mohan, a spokeswoman for the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care. The Portland School Committee voted 5-2 for the measure. Chairman John Coynie voted against it, saying he felt providing the birth control was a parental responsibility. The other no vote came from Ben Meiklejohn, who said the consent form does not clearly define the services being offered. Opponents cited religious and health objections. Diane Miller said she felt the plan was against religion and against God. Another opponent, Peter Allen, said he felt it violated the rights of parents and puts students at risk of cancer because of hormones in the pill. A supporter, Richard Verrier, said it's not enough to depend on parents to protect their children because there may be students who can't discuss things with their parents. Condoms have been available since 2002 to King students who have parental permission to be treated at its student health center. About one-fourth of student health centers that serve at least one grade of adolescents 11 and older dispense some form of contraception, said Mohan, whose Washington-based organization represents more than 1,700 school-based centers nationwide. At King Middle School, birth control prescriptions will be given after a student undergoes a physical exam by a physician or nurse practitioner, said Lisa Belanger, who oversees Portland's student health centers. Students treated at the centers must first get written parental permission, but under state law such treatment is confidential, and students decide for themselves whether to tell their parents about the services they receive. Five of the 134 students who visited King's health center during the 2006-07 school year reported having sexual intercourse, said Amanda Rowe, lead nurse in Portland's school health centers. A high school in Topeka, Kan., on Wednesday stopped providing free condoms to students after district officials learned of the month-old program. The district has a policy against providing contraceptives.
I wonder what problem this is supposed to address. are there lots of 12 year old pregnant girls in Maine?
or perhaps some adult gets their rocks off talking sex with little girls?
We’re really making progress now, ain’t we?
I'm so glad my daughter is able to attend a private school.
How long before the school nurses office has stirrups?
“They’re making birth control pills shaped like Fred Flinstone.”
In Maine sexual relations with a child under 14 is a felony. The School is an accessory before and after the fact.
At that age I had to remind my kids not to forget their book bags. If I had an 11 year old daughter I cannot imagine uttering the phrase “Did you take your pill today?”
I've always had the stand, if you are (or think you are) mature enough to make sexual choices, you damn well should be mature enough to go down to the drug store and get your own damned condoms!
Coming soon: Failure to sign constitutes child abuse. (Withholding 'proper' medical care.)
There were pregnant girls at my daughter’s middle school, and people getting expelled for having sex in the school.
Her school was majority-minority, and had a large hispanic population. And every time they did a “hispanic heritage” event, or a “student talent show”, they always had to reject or modify several acts from the hispanics, who were performing dances that frankly wouldn’t pass muster on broadcast TV. It’s like a whole culture of sexualization of children, although I have no idea why.
So once you have conceded the right of the school system to “solve” this problem by dispensing birth control, it’s clear the problem exists in the middle schools as well as the high schools.
This is very much a “poor” issue. We have kids starting puberty in 4th grade. The vast majority are trailer park kids. By the time they get to 8th grade, they are well along. They begin having sex in middle school, usually with older boys.
That’s how Marcus Vick, Mike’s brother, got in trouble at Virginia Tech. He hooked up with a well-developed 8th grader who pursued him at the mall.
This blows my mind. A child that young could be unaware of family history that would make the pill a bad idea. I don’t know if this rises to the level of medical malpractice, but if not, it’s darn close.
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