Maine Middle School Offering Birth Control to 11 Year Olds!

Posted: February 15th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: My Thoughts, Political | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Birth Control for Kids?, a story that Time.com ran in October is starting to make headlines again, and it blows my mind. It appears that middle schools in Portland Maine will be allowing the nurses office to prescribe birth control to students as young as 11; without parental consent.

Maine Middle School to offer 11 year olds birth controlWhere do I start?

How is it that states continue to remove the right of parents to know what is going on in their children’s lives? Especially when it comes to their heath and putting medication in their bodies? As a father of four (and number five due in September), I find this ludicrous. By doing this the school is telling the kids, “Hey, we know most of your parents wouldn’t approve of this behavior, and since you little rug rats can’t control yourselves, we can give you the pill without mom and dad knowing it. Oh, and your doctor doesn’t have to know either.” Nothing like creating a separation of parent and child.

Parents, what happened to talking with your kids about the choices that will be coming up in their lives? Kids, what happened to the days of talking to your parents about tough decisions? The blame here is on the moms and dads. By allowing decisions like this to be made, where the school and state have more say over what happens in you kid’s life and when you are allowed to know about it, we are giving up our role as a parent. We are telling the government they know better than we do how to raise our children. We are teaching our kids that if they have a problem, mom and dad are the last people that they can talk to, and the school can be trusted more than us.

And since when does anyone but a doctor have the power to write a prescription? How does the nurse know the medical history of each student? Do they always know what other prescriptions the student might be taking? Even dietary pills that you can buy over the counter recommend that consult a physician before taking them, yet this school will allow a student to get a prescription drug with the consent or knowledge of the parent or doctor. C-R-A-Z-Y!

11 years old. Wait, 11 years young. They can give the pill to girls as young as 11. Isn’t this encouraging sex? I did a quick Google search, and it didn’t take long to find that the legal age of consent in Maine is 16. In simpler terms, it is against the law for individuals under the age of 16 to engage in sexual activity. Still the school system is allowed to prescribe birth control pills (only one reason to take those without telling mom and dad) to girls ages 11-15, in effect encouraging them to break the law. Not only are they telling kids they can disregard their parents opinions of morality, they can disregard the law as well. As long as little Johnny and Suzy are happy right?

How do we change this? It starts at home with mom and dad. Pray for your kids. Make time to spend with them. Whether talking, playing, teaching, or just watching TV together, do your part to let them know that you are there for them no matter what. But there will be boundaries; there will be rules they have to live by. And make sure you know what is going on at school regarding your rights as a parent. And if there’s something you don’t like, stand up to it.

Voice your opinion. Get involved.

- chris mooney


  • Bethany

    WOW!!Reading this I was completely and totally blown away by the ridiculousness of this!! My heart breaks at the fact that little girls(that’s what they are) are thinking about let alone acting out those thoughts of sex!! Oh my goodness! What happened to playing with Barbies and having sleepovers!?! I’ll tell you whats happened every year society encourages younger and younger ages to act older that they are. Lately this has become even more apparent as I shop for clothes for my 6year old. Do you know how hard it is to find an outfit that doesn’t resemble that of a 16yr old!! It’s ridiculous!! She’s 6!!! I don’t care to have her dressing like a “hoochie”! Even cartoons and song are geared towards an older mind set! My daughter got a Hannah Montanta singing poster for Christmas and it sings this song about how she was in the movies this guy would be the right guy and she would be the right girl….WHAT!!! It’s very upsetting to watch these influences make such a huge impact in our kids lives! You’re so right the one thing we can do is step up and start being PARENTS!!! Parents are they to set rules and regulations!! And if these things are not followed guess what there are consequences!! Sorry kids that’s the ways it is!Or atleast the way it should be! I remember when I was younger and I used to think my Dad was sooo mean b/c he wouldn’t let me spend the night at my friends house or go out with a boy until I was 16 (yup..16years old!!) I still had a curfew at age 17 of 11pm!! I thought all the rules were crazy and so unfair! I didn’t understand! BUT…now that I have my own kids and I realize that I am responsible for their well being. I thanks my Dad for protecting me. I don’t have any horrible childhood stories,or teenage one at that! I had a great childhood!! And I’m so thankful that my parents loved me enough to give those rules. It wasn’t to hurt me or make my life miserable, it was b/c they loved me so much they didn’t want me to get hurt! Why do we think now that if we love our kids we have to “let them go?” They’re KIDS and WE as their PARENTS are responsible for how they turn out!! Love your kids enough to care about there decisions, love them enough to have a role in their lives other than the title of their parents!!
    I’ll leave you with this Proverb…

    “Train up a child in the way he should go,
    and when he is old he will not part from it..”
    Proverbs 22:6