PORTLAND, Maine --
Pupils at a city middle school will
be able to get birth control pills and patches at their student health
center after the local school board approved the proposal Wednesday
The plan, offered by city health
officials, makes King Middle School the first middle school in Maine
to make a full range of contraception available to students in grades
6 through 8, according to the state Department of Health and Human
There are no national figures on how
many middle schools, where most students range in age from 11 to 13,
provide such services.
At King Middle School, birth control
prescriptions will be given after a student undergoes a physical exam
by a physician or nurse practitioner, said Lisa Belanger, who oversees
Portland's student health centers.
Students treated at the centers must
first get written parental permission, but under state law such
treatment is confidential, and students decide for themselves whether
to tell their parents about the services they receive.
In Illinois a
child of teen years age can get contraceptive devices or pills
without parental consent BUT, if the same child of teen
years age needs a tetanus shot, the PARENT MUST sign the
permission slip and fill out forms for the teen child. Is this
morally wrong or right? Does this really make any logically sense?
. . .
What are your thoughts on this subject.