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.
In my ideal world, which I’m learning from Ann Coulter’s appearance on Donny Deutsch’s program I should not mention my ideals, ideals which are unrealistic because the world would be dull (Well, DUH, it’s an ideal), middle school students would not even be thinking about sex yet, much less indulging in it (Can we all say, “Immaturity”?). They would not get pregnant, would not have to abort the baby or have to drop out of school because of their pregnancy, and would not, most likely, be condemned to a life of poverty because of being pregnant.
Unfortunately, the world is not ideal. I’m not sure if passing out condoms increases the likelihood of sex, or if it even prevents teen pregnancy (i.e., do they use them?) . And yes it’s a parental responsibility, if the parents are responsible parents. Sadly many aren’t.
But could the school system at least require some counseling with some responsible adults before passing them out? Maybe that takes place in the Health Centers.