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Putting Teens on the Pill

John on October 23, 2007 at 11:04 am

An excellent piece in the SanFran Examiner:

The national furor over a controversial decision to hand out birth control pills to 11- and 12-year-old girls in Maine without their parents’ consent has hopefully sent a message to other school systems around the country: Don’t even think about it. Not only is this an outrageous violation of parental rights, it’s bad education policy.

Apologists for the values-free, they’re-gonna-do-it-anyway approach to sex education will have a hard time explaining what happened at King Middle School in Portland, which has been handing out free condoms — and not telling parents — since 2000. Such enlightened access to birth control is supposed to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies.

Only that didn’t happen. Despite easily available contraceptives, Portland’s three middle schools reported 17 pregnancies (not counting abortions) during the past four years. Hence the Portland School Committee’s 7-2 vote last week to make the Pill available to girls just entering puberty.

Sexually active teens are 60 percent more likely to be expelled and 50 percent more likely to drop out of high school, according to a Heritage Foundation study. It’s beyond bizarre for public school officials to aid and abet premature sexual activity that’s practically guaranteed to derail their students’ academic careers.

There’s a lot more in the article. It’s all worth reading.

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