Posted by: brambledoula | October 18, 2007

Whoa…

Middle school students now being provided birth control. While it may be a reasonable interim solution to preventing the unwanted pregnancies, I wonder what the schools and parents are doing to prevent ELEVEN year olds from having sex in the first place? Something there just seems very, very, wrong to me. I can sort of understand late teen pregnancy to a degree; teens have cars and jobs and often have much less supervised time. But, why are eleven year olds being given so much free reign as to be able to get away with having sex and getting pregnant? I know it’s cold in Maine but I would think parents should be able to encourage their children to find other ways to keep warm. Not to mention, when it comes to hormonal/chemical birth control, how is this medication going to affect young girls who are barely going through puberty in the first place? What will the long term physical ramifications be? Yikes.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls, education officials in this city have decided to allow a school health center to make birth control pills available to girls as young as 11.
King Middle School will become the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available, including birth control pills and patches. Condoms have been available at King’s health center since 2000.
Students need parental permission to access the school’s health center. But treatment is confidential under state law, which allows the students to decide whether to inform their parents about the services they receive.
There are no national figures on how many middle schools provide such services. Most middle schoolers range in age from 11 to 13.
“It’s very rare that middle schools do this,” said Divya Mohan, a spokeswoman for the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care.
Portland’s three middle schools reported 17 pregnancies during the last four years, not counting miscarriages or terminated pregnancies that weren’t reported to the school nurse.
The Portland School Committee approved the plan, offered by city health officials, on a 7-2 vote Wednesday night. Whether the prescriptions would be offered this school year or next wasn’t immediately clear.
King is the only one of the three schools with a health center, primarily because it has more students who get free or reduced-price lunch, said Lisa Belanger, who oversees Portland’s student health centers.
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.
Committee member Sarah Thompson, also the mother of a King eighth-grader, supported the policy, even though it made her “uncomfortable.

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  1. […] Hormonal Pregnant Woman: While it may be a reasonable interim solution to preventing the unwanted pregnancies, I wonder what the schools and parents are doing to prevent ELEVEN year olds from having sex in the first place? Something there just seems very, very, wrong to me. I can sort of understand late teen pregnancy to a degree; teens have cars and jobs and often have much less supervised time. But, why are eleven year olds being given so much free reign as to be able to get away with having sex and getting pregnant? […]

  2. What can we say… its all cos of too much freedom… schools and parents have to think about it…

  3. So true! It’s a shame…kids with too much freedom and a decline in values.


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