Middle School Birth Control



I do not know if the schools had an open session for the parents about what was to be launched. The health person in charge is following the letter of the law.
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I am deeply troubled and sorry that there are parents out there that could care less that birth control can be handed out as freely as candy without the parents even knowing about it. Just whose kids are they, the state's, or the parent's? It's obvious that some people want a total control-freak state which totally controls your every move and thought. Sounds like some people need to go to North Korea so that they can be happy living under a Hitler or Stalin or Mal authoritarian communistic socialist regime. Anthony Robinson
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Parents are offered what seems to be a very convenient service for them, the middle school health center. The health center can provide certain medical care, thus eliminating our need to take time off work, and preventing our children from missing a lot of school. When a parent signs their child up, I, for one, did not realize the ramifications of doing so, and I suspect that a lot of parents don’t know. My 6th grade daughter came home on Wednesday April 9 and told me she had been called in to the health center. A survey is given to all children upon enrollment in the health center. Here are a few of the 50 questions: Have you ever had sex (gone all the way) or felt pressured to have sex? Who do you live with? Is there a gun, rifle, or other firearm where you live? Etc… A response she had made concerning pressure about having sex, which I think is a typical concern of most middle school kids, prompted the visit. The nurse practitioner told her if she decided to have sex that “you can get birth control and your parents don’t have to even know about it.” This upset me tremendously and I called the school the next day. I spoke with the health center receptionist who told me that the health department can give out birth control to a sixth grader without parental knowledge, but not the health center. The health center at the middle schools is under the umbrella of the health department and some of the same practitioners work at both places. I received a call from the director of the Health Centers shortly after. She shared with me the survey, and the NC law that states that minors may receive certain medical services without parental consent. But is there a law that this must be highlighted, promoted and suggested to our children in our middle school health center? The NC law says: § 90-21.5. Minor's consent sufficient for certain medical health services. (a) Any minor may give effective consent to a physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina for medical health services for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of (i) venereal disease and other diseases reportable under G.S. 130A-135, (ii) pregnancy, (iii) abuse of controlled substances or alcohol, and (iv) emotional disturbance. This section does not authorize the inducing of an abortion, performance of a sterilization operation, or admission to a 24-hour facility licensed under Article 2 of Chapter 122C of the General Statutes except as provided in G.S. 122C-223... I feel our families have been deceived into signing our children up for this program. We are giving away our rights. Would you be okay with your 12 year old child having a conversation such as mine had without your knowledge, much less your child being encouraged to get birth control without your knowledge? In the name of providing a useful service to working parents, our work of teaching our values to our children is being undermined in our school health center. Namely, that adolescent sex is okay outside of marriage, and you should keep secrets from your parents. I take full responsibility for not thinking through my decision to utilize the health center enough. I am compelled to share what happened in our situation in case other families are not aware. We have jeopardized our family values for the convenience of having a health center in the middle schools. Traditional family values are constantly being threatened by the entertainment industry, various media, certain public school curricula, and now the health center. I can’t fix it all, but I can speak up so others can be aware. It’s time to wake up and become aware of what’s going on. While we are busy trying to make a living for our family, there are other agendas at work to destroy our family. Needless to say, I have withdrawn my daughter from the middle school health center program.
Lisa B. Robinson 
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I found out that the school health center does not actually distribute birth control, the health department does, and yes, the health department would provide this birth control without parental knowledge or consent to a 12 year old girl. I am still highly upset that this issue was discussed at the school health clinic with my 6th grade daughter, and that the nurse encouraged her to get birth control without her parents knowledge or consent.

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When reading the comment that 6th grade girls can get birth control without the parents being notified has really upset me. I don't have any daughters, but this is a issue that needs to be addressed upfront and now! If I did have a daughter and she were given birth control without my consent, I would be one very upset mom! How do they have the right to do this? These are minor children, the parents/guardians should have some say in what a nurse can give their child especially if it's birth control. I would like to know more about this. Thank you!
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Did you know that a school nurse, yes, here in Yancey county, can arrange for your sixth grade daughter to get birth control and you don't even have to be notified about it? This does not make me happy....it shouldn't make you happy either....

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