Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

Jul 3, 2015 by

Steven Ertelt, Rebecca Downs –

Earlier this month, reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.

The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle can’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after conception. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for herself, especially if using a new method.

The high school, Chief Sealth International, a public school, began offering the devices in 2010, made possible by a Medicaid program known as Take Charge and a non-profit, Neighborcare. Students can receive the device or other method free of cost and without their parent’s insurance. And while it’s lauded that the contraception is confidential, how can it be beneficial for a parent-child relationship when the parents don’t even know the devices or medication their daughter is using?

As it turns out, Chief Sealth isn’t the only school in Seattle doing this. As CNS News reports, more schools are fitting young girls — as young as 6th grade — with the devices and doing so without their parents knowing.

Middle and high school students can’t get a Coca-Cola or a candy bar at 13 Seattle public schools, but they can get a taxpayer-funded intrauterine device (IUD) implanted without their parents’ consent.

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School-based health clinics in at least 13 Seattle-area public high schools and middle schools offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), including IUDs and hormonal implants, to students in sixth-grade and above at no cost, according to Washington State officials.

LARCs are associated with serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs, specifically, can also act as abortifacients by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg.

The state and federally funded contraceptive services are made possible by Take Charge, a Washington State Medicaid program which provides free birth control to adults who are uninsured, lack contraceptive coverage, have an income at or below 260 percent of the Federal Poverty Level — or, in this case, to teens who don’t want their parents to know they’re on birth control.

In an email exchange with the Washington State Health Care Authority and, a Take Charge spokesperson acknowledged that underage students are eligible for a “full array of covered family planning services” at school-based clinics if their parents meet the program’s requirements.

Take Charge added that “a student who does not want their parents to know they are seeking reproductive health services is allowed to apply for Take Charge using their own income, and if they are insured under their parents’ plan, the insurance would not be billed.”

When asked if a sixth grader could get an IUD implanted without parental consent, Take Charge told “We encourage all Take Charge providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in their clinics. A young person does not need parental consent to obtain a LARC or any other contraceptive method…If the young person is not choosing abstinence, she would be able to select a LARC and have it inserted without parental consent.”

Parents, if you have children in these schools, you need to investigate and complain immediately. And all parents ought to take a look at the health policies of their young daughters’ schools to find out if a similar program is in place where you live.

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    Science Teacher

    I sincerely hope this will post, as evidently most or all of my (occasional) posts find their way into a black hole, despite the site’s policy to spot all comments, which I genuinely appreciate.

    I found this article disturbing and questionedits veracity, or more specifically, whether it indeed tells the “whole” story, or whether it is intended to emotionally rile the conservative base, and some of the progressives, too.

    I visited the school’s website and looked under “Services.” Yes, there is a clinic located on site. To access services from the clinic a student must be registered by their parent/guardian, who signs a consent form for their child to be seen at the clinic. State law in WA state permits minors to receive (some) reproductive and mental health services without parental consent. Thus, it appears that no student can access any services at this clinic w/o generic permission from their parent/guardian. While I did not read the consent form, I would have to expect that in the interest of disclosure, parents who allow consent are somewhere/somehow reminded of the content of WA state law, and that parents who do not approve of the possibility of their child receiving certain services w/o their knowledge do not sign the consent form. Now, we all know that people famously do not read the fine print, and/or folks who disapprove of teens receiving contraception are eager to allow their readers to assume that parents had no knowledge whatsoever of the services offered at the clinic, so it is entirely possible that the consent form makes services permitted by state law entirely clear on their form, that the parent may even initial that they have read and understand, etc. I am speculating here, of course, but as a special education teacher, I can assure you that the layers of parental disclosure, notification, consent, etc. are formidable, and they very likely are in place here, too.

    In my view, if this is a problem, (and I am not clear that I would like my minor child to access services that I am not aware of, though I was not an abusive parent who “beat” or mistreated my children)then the way to rectify it is to lobby to change the WA state law that permits this. So, rather than write emotionally reactive articles designed to stir up anger toward the school (this is a misplacement of anger and blame), the appropriate course is to educate parents in WA state re. their state law and its ramifications and to encourage elected state legislators to rescind the law that permits this to happen.

    Having at least one friend who was severely abused by her parents while growing up, in every sense of the word, and who suffers permanent physical, emotional and psychological damage in her mid-sixties as a result, I know abusive parents are out there and that there are thousands or millions of children in the US who do need health services of these types. We like to pretend that all parents have the best interests of their children at heart, however we do not know what goes on behind closed doors, much of it not visible to the public eye. Thus, I can understand how laws such as this are written and passed.

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