Thursday, October 18, 2007

Middle School Birth Control

Students at King Middle School in PORTLAND, Maine will now be able to get birth control pills through their school health center. (Condoms have been available since 2000) This bothers me on several levels, not the least of which is that I think middle school kids are way too young to be having sex. We're talking about kids between 11 and 13 years old! It also bothers me that the parents don't have to be told if their kid gets birth control. Again, we're talking about kids between 11 and 13 years old here. If my kid was thinking about engaging in risky behavior, or actually doing so, and another adult knew about it, and didn't tell me, I would be extremely upset. It's like seeing someone fall overboard, throwing them a life jacket, continuing on your merry way, and not calling the Coast Guard.

Also, say we just go along with the whole premise that kids are going to do what they want, and they are having sex anyway, despite all the risks they have heard about, and despite the standards their parents have tried to instill in them. So, we want to be sure they are at least safe(r) and make sure condoms and birth control pills are available. I have the biggest problem with the birth control pills because I think the girls who take them will feel they are protected from getting pregnant, so they will be less concerned about using a condom every time, and will therefore be exposing themselves to STDs. Pregnancy is not the worst that can happen.

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1 comment:

  1. Since the pill is a prescription medicine how would they be allowed to hand them out to minors? What about allergies and complications due to other meds? I don't think it's good idea to give these out without the kids family doctors approval let alone the parents approval. Have a daughter makes you worry about these things. Thank goodness I only have 1 daughter. LOL


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