Government Hypocrites!

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Fri Oct 19 20:50:09 MDT 2007

[What about "Statutory Rape" Laws? Can't have sex below the age of 14 
in why this?]

Maine middle school offers the pill

                   -11 to 13 student age range-

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Pupils at a city middle school will be able to receive 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 Doyle, 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., stopped providing free condoms to 
students Wednesday after district officials learned of the month-old 
program. The district has a policy against providing contraceptives.
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