Thursday, October 18, 2007

Update: School OKs Contraceptives to Middle School Girls

PORTLAND, Maine - After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls, education officials in this city have decided to allow one school's 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, patches and condoms. 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.

Read the rest of the story here.

Is this unbelievable or what? King Middle School is the first school in Maine. What about other middle schools in the country? I'm sure there are others doing what this Maine school is doing.

One of the school committee members, Sarah Thompson who has an eighth grader, said she supported the policy even though it made her feel "uncomfortable". What a cope out! She said she had done her parental duty, because there may be a time when her daughter will feel comfortable coming to her. What?! That is a fine example of abdicating your parental role to the school. How much more of her parental responsibilities is she willing to give up to the school?

What the adults who supported this policy are saying is that they are not encouraging the kids to have sex by offering them the contraceptive pills but for them to be careful and not get pregnant.

This is what I heard on the Dennis Prager show this morning. It is like a wife telling her husband who is about to go on a business trip. Ok, here's the condom. I know you are not going to have sex, but I want you to be safe.

You understand what that means? *Grinding my teeth and frothing at the mouth.*


  1. Crazy!We are living in a crazy world.I hope one day they'll be punish just like Sodom and Gomorrah.

  2. I don't think they are afraid of punishment .. they don't believe in God anyway. The punishment for promiscuity is VD.

  3. Ya, what a thing to say. I think some parents is trying too hard to try to be 'friends' with their children that they forget...Parents role is #1.

  4. Betul nya Puteri. Meri nembiak umurnya utai ke bakanya seolah-olah mengalakkan sida ngaga utainya. Uji tak beri ajar ngau jaku padah jak. Nya seolah-olah madah ke budak2, kita tau ngaga utai nya tapi mesti makai pil. Nonsense mai.

  5. Nightwing, I would not want any school to bypass me for such an important decision as whether or not my child should be given the pill. A decision like that should be made by the parent not by the school.

  6. Amat nya, Green, kati enda baka menggalakkan? Pill endang udah sedia ada, bala ka enda ngerja utai baka nya, alu ga berunding ngerja laban diatu "safe" ... bisi pill dah disediakan. Amat nonsense meh nya.

  7. hasnt religion caused enough problems this is not about religion it is about our children are hearts our souls, are future. Kids are going to have sex and usually before marriage, and not all have roll models at home, alot of peer preasure, but that all aside wake up and smell the coffee.Why do you think they are offering the pill? why not offer condoms? because the pill is produced by the pharmacutical giants and backed by our goverment and medical health system. They will reap the profits, from the sales of birth control and the all the health problems those girls and woman will encounter in thier life times. std's, bloodclots,heart problems, stroke, and the list goes on. the goverment that takes everything the pharmacutical companies say as gospal, cause after all, they paid the goverment to study, the safety of all those drugs that they sell the medical proffession that pushes these death sentences, and then the big rich dogs the pharmacutical giants should suffer a fate worse than sodom and gamorrah. talk to your kids, know what your kids are doing and no that doesnt mean being more of a friend than a parent, i love my children, and i want them to be able to talk to me about anything. I was not so lucky when i was a child. my sex ed talk, was short dont ever let a boy touch u. I pray my mom was the last to use that talk

  8. Karen, I'm sorry you felt your mother's "sex ed" was insufficient for you. I come from a culture where there was no sex ed. When I was 11 years old, I did not know anyone who had had sex at that age.

    And what's that talk about religion having caused enough problems? Religion is not the problem. Bad parenting is the problem. I want to raise my kids with good religious and moral values, values that tell them to respect their bodies, values that teach them that sex is best within the context of marriage, values that teach them that for every action there is a consequence.

    Why blame the pharmaceutical companies? There are a lot of drugs out there on the market, that doesn't mean all are good for me. Was it the government that voted to give the kids at the Maine school the pill? NO. It was the parents who were on the school board who approved that decision!

    If you had read the news article, you would have known that the middle school had offered condoms long before the decision to provide the pill for the girls. Nobody is forcing the girls to take the pill. Don't have sex, then there's no need to take the pill, right? Or use the condom. Nothing to ingest,right? With any drug, there are risks, but do the risks outweigh the benefits?

    And one more thing, you are wrong about the gov't taking everything the pharmaceutical companies say as gospel. Have you not heard of the FDA? Anything the pharmaceutical comapanies produce have to be proven as safe and effective by the FDA before it ever gets to the market! Do you know how many years it takes for a drug to be approved by the FDA? Eight years if not longer! If the new drug is truly innovative, and has life saving potential, FDA will deem it "Fast Track" and the approval process can take as little as 6 months.

    Let's take care of our own children. Eleven years old is not the time to have sex. Or fifteen or sixteen for that matter. Time enough to have sex when you are an adult and able to shoulder the responsibilities of your own actions, good or bad.


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