Over the years some high schools have tried to ban things like soda. And yet they are going in another direction. That schools are having questionable sex education programs and on-campus clinics isn’t enough anymore.
One high school in Seattle is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control. The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young teen in Seattle can’t get a coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health risks for herself, especially if using a new method. Birth control has even been the tragic cause of death for some young women.
The high school, Chief Sealth International, a public school, began offering the devices in 2010, made possible by a Medicaid program known as Take Charge and a non-profit, Neighborcare.
Students can receive the device or other method free of cost and without their parent’s insurance. And while it’s lauded that the contraception is confidential, how can it be beneficial for a parent-child relationship when the parents don’t even know the devices or medication their daughter is using?
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Naturally, the pro-abortion and feminist sites are thrilled. This is coming from a culture where celebrities’ advice to these young women is centered on birth control, like Elizabeth Banks. Does have nothing to say for those who are abstinent? How about trying to really relate? And, if any state were going to essentially implant an abortifacient device into students on site, it’s not shocking that it would be Washington, which has consistently been ranked one of the most pro-abortion states by Americans United for Life, if not the most.
But is this really a good thing? For those in our culture who want to keep promoting a culture of sex—consequence free of course—and then a dependence on birth control, and, should it fail, abortion, it makes perfect sense to get kids hooked young. Sites lauding the decision certainly go through lengths to point out that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended LARCS as the most effective form of birth control for high-school girls. This is a pro-abortion organization though, make no mistake. And is “most effective” really necessarily in a girl’s best interest, especially when “most effective” means yeah, you won’t pregnant, but it could be because you conceived and then lost the baby.
It seems that these students are being woefully misguided. Indeed, reporting from Salon and Grist includes interviews and statements from those involved in the Neighborcare program, including Katie Acker, a health educator at the Chief Sealth clinic. The contraception has actually come up as cause for excitement, gossip and a point of pride. It’s a sad development for our culture.
Also noteworthy is how reporting from the Feminist Majority blog chooses it’s wording when it describes Take Charge as, with emphasis added, “a Washington State Medicaid program that specially targets minors seeking comprehensive contraception services.” The blog may not have intended such phrasing, or at least not with such a connotation, but the sad fact still remains that these teens are indeed being targeted.