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.