Parental Rights Usurped By Nanny State

Posted on Tue 10/23/2007 by

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It would appear that Maine doesn’t think that grown men and women with children are responsible enough to protect their daughters. Or at least, not responsible enough to teach their eleven and thirteen year olds not to have sex.

So now the state will provide the pill for them, and not be required to tell the parents about it.

(PORTLAND, ME) — 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 evening.

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 Services.

There are no national figures on how many middle schools, where most students range in age from 11 to 13, provide such services.

“It’s very rare that middle schools do this,” said Divya Mohan, a spokeswoman for the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care.

The Portland School Committee voted 7-2 for the measure. Chairman John Coyne voted against it, saying he felt providing the birth control was a parental responsibility. The other no vote came from Ben Meiklejohn, who said the consent form does not clearly define the services being offered.

Opponents cited religious and health objections. Diane Miller said she felt the plan was against religion and against God. Another opponent, Peter Doyle, said he felt it violated the rights of parents and puts students at risk of cancer because of hormones in the pill. A supporter, Richard Verrier, said it’s not enough to depend on parents to protect their children because there may be students who can’t discuss things with their parents.

Pedophiles no longer have to worry about getting their kiddies pregnant when they rape them in Maine. Chances are, the girl will be protected from pregnancy.

Is it just me, or does this strike you as having a “gun free/unintentional pregnancy free” sign in front of you school? We know how well the gun free signs work.

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