Thursday, October 18, 2007

Maine Middle School to Provide Birth Control for its Students


by Little Baby Ginn & Mondoreb

More images comes to mind whenever the state of "Maine" is mentioned these days than lighthouses,lobsters and rugged coasts. Such as--birth control pills for middle school students?

From the StarTribune:
PORTLAND, Maine — 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.
The school board voted 5-2 for the measure and only one mentioned the responsibility of parents as a reason for voting, either for or against.
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.

There are many reasons for feeling uneasy when a relatively rural area goes in for pre-teen birth control. Health and religious reasons to be sure, but what about two other questions: What are the responsibilities of the parents? Should government be funding birth control clinics in middle schools?

From CNN:
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.
As always, Michelle Malkin has the right take.
You know how educrats are always criticizing home-schooling for its inability to “socialize” kids properly? The next time they raise that argument, throw this story in their face

Educators throw up crackpot theories, test them out using kids as guinea pigs, concern mounts over sinking test scores and the school board of Portland Maine concentrates on middle school birth control? Maybe they figure if their kids don't do well in school, they can always catch lobsters.


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