Thursday, October 18, 2007

Maine Middle School To Offer Birth Control Pills

PORTLAND, Maine --School officials have given the green light to a Portland middle school to offer birth control prescriptions through its student health center.

The plan, offered by city health officials and approved on a 7-2 vote by the Portland School Committee, 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. -

...Portland's three middle schools reported 17 pregnancies during the last four years, not counting miscarriages or terminated pregnancies that weren't reported to the school nurse. - Boston.com

Is this some kind of joke? Supporters are trying to say that the plan does not encourage sex. Many 6th, 7th, and 8th graders don't even know what birth control is. Maybe if the school instituted an abstinence-only sex education program, the amount of pregnancies would drop to 0. File this as yet another case of devalued moral standards.

13 comments:

  1. abstinance only education? how many kids do you know who actually listen to what teachers have to say?

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  2. A lot, unless you are some kind of rebellious, le -- to avoid further conflict we will leave it at that.

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  3. Perhaps abstinence only education should be instated, as well as contraceptives. I think with the two paired together, something positive can be achieved.

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  4. Are you retarded? abstinance only? No one is going to listen to that! I fell that might make sex even more adventurous. Birth control to 6th graders is wrong, but 8th graders, not so wrong.

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  5. "Perhaps abstinence only education should be instated, as well as contraceptives. I think with the two paired together, something positive can be achieved."

    That would be a little better, but it wouldn't be exactly a great solution. On one hand you are saying that you should wait until you have sex, but on the other you are saying if you are ready it is okay.

    "Are you retarded? abstinance only? No one is going to listen to that! I fell that might make sex even more adventurous. Birth control to 6th graders is wrong, but 8th graders, not so wrong."

    No, I'm not retarded. You can't say okay to 6th graders are not okay to 8th graders. 6th graders look up to older students, so that won't exactly work. It might make sex seem a little bit more dangerous (over the edge) but that does not make it right.

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  6. Kids will have sex even if abstinence is taught. Kids want what they think they aren't allowed to have. If sex-ed is taught responsibly and teaches about contraceptives, kids will at least be safer if they're going to have sex. I know contraceptives go against the Bible, "sex is only supposed to be used for making babies, blah blah," great. Obviously, not every has that mentality anymore. Don't you think that if kids are going to have sex, they should be supplied them with knowledge to keep themselves safer?

    If that town had over 17 pregnancies in middle school kids, there is obviously a problem with sex in that school. Preaching abstinence will not stop that. Kids will have sex anyway, like I said. If that's true, the school might as well step in and help them protect themselves.

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  7. "Don't you think that if kids are going to have sex, they should be supplied them with knowledge to keep themselves safer?"

    Absolutely. The only method proven 100% safe is abstinence. I dont' care if kids are stupid and have sex in middle school. That just isn't right. That is a problem, just like gay marriage. 50 years ago, this school would have been in deep shit. However, our liberal-ever-changing society makes this acceptable. Sad, but true.

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  8. It's a sad day when this sort of thing is necessary. What happened to taking care of kids and teaching them responsibility?

    If the parents were paying attention to their kids and taking care of them, they wouldn't go down that road. And telling them that even though sex has consequences, we're going to let them get off scot free does not display a very good message.

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  9. Sex is healthy. There's nothing wrong with it at all. If middle schoolers want to have sex, good for them. Fuck all you religious pricks whose twisted, cult-like beliefs dictate that natural human processes are somehow unnatural and immoral. You make me sick.

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  10. Twisted cult-like beliefs?

    You meant to say untwisted and true, right?

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  11. No, I mean wrong, backwards, and dangerous. I hope someone rapes and kills the Pope for spreading AIDS in Africa with his lies.

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  12. i understand what you are saying, but i mean our school is abstinance only but kids still have sex, it doesnt really healp much i think that offering sex ed and teaching kids about the dangers and such but also it is not a bad idea to offer protection so at least there is some ways of keeping those who are going to have sex safe.

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  13. the comments above mine are out of line, i dont really think that the belief in abstinence is bad but i dont think it is the only view but if its someones belief then its their belief it doesnt make it right and i am not saying my views are right they are just that, an opinion.

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