Seattle schools give 1.3K teens the Pill, IUDs, advice

Aug 24, 2015 by

Education News

Michael F. Haverluck –

Without parental consent, Seattle public schools gave girls as young 13 contraceptives — including the Pill, long-term arm implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs) — with nearly 1,300 students receiving birth control counseling.

The anti-pregnancy drugs and devices were passed out — unbeknownst to parents — behind locked school gates on campuses in Seattle.

The recent escalation in the number of distributed contraceptives was reportedly no mistake, according to LifeSiteNews.com.

“[T]he number of middle and high school girls in Seattle who got long-acting reversible contraceptives like IUDs doubled in the last year due to efforts of the school system,” LifeSiteNews.com’s Mark Hodges reports.

State law takes away parental control over their children’s health

Public schools in the Seattle metropolitan area have taken full advantage of a state law that undermines the parental right to decide whether their minors receive birth control or not.

“Because Washington State law allows minors access to birth control without parental permission, children as young as 12 can get IUDs implanted without parents’ knowledge,” Hodges continued.

The shocking statistics were divulged by the King County Health Department, which provided the Seattle City Council with a recent update on the student contraceptive program within area public schools.

After crunching the numbers, county officials reported that contraceptive counseling was provided for at least 1,293 high school students. However, the actual number of teen students who were given contraceptive arm implants, IUDs and the Pill was not accounted for. The lack of accountability for school officials has many parents up-in-arms.

Even more alarmingly, it was found that 49 students attending Seattle junior high schools received the same contraceptive counseling given to area high school students. Of the 49 young teens and preteens, four were recipients of an arm-implanted device that serves as a long-acting contraceptive — with parents nowhere around.

Sex advice, birth control … and STD treatment, as well?

Giving out birth control to minors isn’t the only thing parents with children enrolled in Seattle schools have to worry about, as public schools in the Pacific Northwest city are now in the business of hiring private contractors to treat student health problems, including treatments of sexually transmitted diseases.

“The school-based birth control dispensaries, called ‘health centers,’ not only dispense contraceptives, but also treat various injuries and health issues of students,” Hodges informed. “They are run by private organizations but are funded by tax dollars through a Families and Education Levy.”

Usurping parental control isn’t the only concern for many parents in the Seattle area. The risks inherent with using many of the contraceptives freely and secretly given at public schools to students have many parents worried that the schools can be bringing untold harm to children’s health without their consent. This raises the question — will schools be held accountable for the health problems that students incur due to unsafe contraception freely dispensed on campus without parental notification?

Even though the Pill has many health risks in and of itself, and the arm-inserted contraceptive device has long-term effects on girls’ health, many are most worried about the proven detrimental effects that IUDs have on the user’s health.

“The use of IUDs raises concerns, as some women experience dangerous and life-threatening side effects from them, including perforation of the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic (tubal) pregnancies,” Hodges asserted. “The IUD may also gravitate from the uterus to the uterine wall or abdomen, causing infection and requiring difficult surgery to remove.”

The distribution of contraceptives to minors on public school campuses — including preteens — is nothing new in America, as public schools in numerous states have been reported to freely give away birth control to students without parental approval or notification.

 

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