Students as young as 10 will have access to free condoms at Chicago Public Schools starting next school year, according to a new school policy.
Breitbart reports the CPS Board of Education approved the policy – including a mandatory “Condom Availability Program” – in December.
Under the new requirement, Chicago schools with students in 5th grade and up must provide condoms to students. Elementary schools will receive 250 condoms while high schools will receive 1,000 from the Chicago Department of Public Health, according to the report.
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The stated goal of the school district is to protect students against “sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection, and unintended pregnancy,” but many believe such programs encourage risky sexual behavior among young children.
The policy also mandates sex education starting in pre-kindergarten.
Abortion is part of the policy as well. Schools will be required to inform students about where they can access “confidential health services,” including abortions.
“Schools must designate a staff member to provide sexual health service resources to students … [including] youth rights to access confidential health services such as obtaining contraceptives, abortion, prenatal care, adoption, transgender health services, trauma-informed mental healthcare, information on HIV and STI screening and treatment.
“Schools shall provide information on how and where to access these confidential reproductive and sexual health services.”
Illinois requires a parent or guardian to be notified before an underage girl has an abortion, but abortion activists are working aggressively to repeal the law.
One of the groups that the district consulted with to create the new policy was the Chicago Women’s Health Center, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The health center website refers women and girls to abortion facilities, groups that help underage girls get secret abortions without their parents’ knowledge and groups that help pay for abortions.
The CPS Office of Student Health and Wellness also published a “toolkit” for teachers that encourages them to refer students to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion chain.
Dr. Kenneth Fox, a pediatrician with Chicago Public Schools, told the Chicago Sun-Times that their sex education programs protect students.
“When you don’t have those protections and don’t make those resources available then bad stuff happens to young people,” Fox said. “You have elevated risks of sexually transmitted infections, of unintended pregnancies, and that’s very preventable stuff.”
The school district boasted that its sex education plan is “medically accurate” and “age appropriate,” and it is “guided by anti-racist pedagogy.”
Parents may opt their children out of sex education lessons if they provide a “written objection” to the school.