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Maine Middle School to Offer Birth Control

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls, education officials in this city have decided to allow a school health center to make birth control pills available to girls as young as 11.

King Middle School will become the first middle school in Maine to make a full range of contraception available, including birth control pills and patches. Condoms have been available at King's health center since 2000.

Students need parental permission to access the school's health center. But treatment is confidential under state law, which allows the students to decide whether to inform their parents about the services they receive.

There are no national figures on how many middle schools provide such services. Most middle schoolers range in age from 11 to 13.

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

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.

This is really scary - these are sixth and seventh graders we're talking about. If people are getting pregnant in high school that's already bad enough, but 11-year olds? I mean, think that this is an okay idea if there's really that many people getting pregnant, but won't some kids think "oh, I have birth control pills so I won't get pregnant. I can just go around having sex and nothing will happen"?

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Posted on October 22nd, 2007 at 11:57pm


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