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Should Schools Provide Contraceptives to Students? Parents Talk

A pilot program in New York City that provides contraceptives to students has met little resistance from parents. Should something like this be offered in Minnesota schools?

Let's just say it. Teens are having sex. And some studies show teens are engaging at increasingly younger ages and not using protection.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released findings that showed of high school students surveyed in 2011, nearly 48 percent said they had had sexual intercourse. Further, almost 34 percent said they had sex during the previous three month period with nearly 40 percent of those admitted to not using a condom and nearly 80 percent to not using form of birth control.

New York City recently implemented a pilot program to provide more access to contraceptives in select city schools. According to a New York Times article, health officials said it has been met with little parent opposition, with only 1 to 2 percent of parents returning a form to opt out of the program.

The program uses doctors from the health department, who prescribe contraceptives, and school nurses. Emergency contraceptives, condoms, pregnancy testing and birth control pills are among the services provided to students.

The schools chosen for the program were selected "because they had a dearth of health services nearby and they served a student population known to have a higher risk of pregnancy," the New York Times article said.

Given the changing scope of sexual activity among teens, would you support a similar program in your local school district? Should schools spend more time on abstinence rather than safe-sex education? Do parents or schools have more of the responsibility? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

Daryl Fryxell October 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Nick, theses nitwits do not understand (or they don't care) that providing birth control to minors is far beyond the actual function of the government schools, which supposedly is to teach the students math, reading, english, etc. I say that the government schools, as with all units of government, must be limited to their legitimate governmental functions. If we fail to limit them, taxation and spending will both necessarily skyrocket. We've seen that year after year. How that working out for us? Not so well if you work and pay taxes.
Political Mama October 01, 2012 at 09:32 PM
This isn't about BC it's about parental rights. The government is an entity. Not a parent.
Amy Paddock October 02, 2012 at 01:37 AM
I find this a interesting discussion. I find a lot of parents handle the aspect about talking to their kids sex is quite varied. Let's face it, Parents talking, or trying to talk, to their kids about that subject not only difficult for the parents, but their kids as well. Talking about sexual deceases, sexual intercourse is a really big topic. Some seem not to talk much about it, or are not able to get through all the necessary information kids should probably have, or some parents are not up on all the updated information. Some actually just tell their kids not to have sex "until" etc., while others try a bit harder. Usually, kids often talk to each other more then their parents, and those conversations would surprise most of us. I am not saying I am for or against, I am saying there is a reality that is much different then most of us would like to admit.
Liberaltarian October 02, 2012 at 03:55 AM
How can this issue be about parental rights? The parents can opt their teen out. The parents can prohibit people at the school from giving any birth control to their child. This program doesn't affect your kids. It would only affect kids that AREN'T yours. Your opposition is limiting the parental rights of those kids' parents. There was another blog a few months ago about kids' curfews. I said that I wanted the freedom to set whatever curfew I see fit for my child. I got blasted. Where were the parental rights advocates then? Seems like you only want parental rights for people with the same parenting style as you. I think older teens should have some supervised experience with alcohol before they go off to college. Some of you parental rights people are probably thinking I shouldn't let my child do that.
Amy Paddock October 02, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Why do we need to confirm a law with an amendment? "Just in case one day we may change our minds"? That's the point, right? I think those who believe that marriage should be traditionally between a man and a women should be free to live that way, and speak their mind, but not change the constitution in order to protect their religious views on this topic. I realize it is an uncomfortable possibility, but people do change their minds. It shouldn't be illegal not to. There is another reason I don't like this amendment. When we allow our religious belief's to control the constitution to such a degree, then next: religious groups fighting over who will have more power to control it? We can look to history here and see many reasons why this shouldn't happen.

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