School-based sex ed program outrages mother of teen girl who received birth control

Posted by Kendall Harmon

A Charleston County mother and her 14-year-old daughter were spending some quality time together one Sunday evening when the conversation turned to sex.

She asked her daughter whether she was sexually active, and the Burke High School freshman surprised her with the news that she had sex once. After a few minutes of silence, the mother told her daughter that she wanted to call the family doctor and arrange for her to go on birth control.

This time, her daughter's response came as an even bigger surprise: a woman at school had taken her to a clinic for a shot that would provide birth control for three months.

The mother, whose name is being withheld to protect her daughter's identity, said she hadn't been informed.

Read it all from the front page of today's local paper.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchEducationLaw & Legal IssuesLife EthicsMarriage & FamilyTeens / Youth* South Carolina

Posted October 28, 2010 at 9:24 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. New Reformation Advocate wrote:

Outrageous.  But how typical do you suppose this kind of problem is?

David Handy+

October 28, 10:54 am | [comment link]
2. AnglicanFirst wrote:

The agenda is “Break down the family unit ‘any which way you can.’ “

Encouraging early pre-marital sexual activity among adolescents who are still in the highly formative stage of their psychological maturation is a ‘sure way’ to de-sensitize them towards respecting the reproductive functions of their bodies and to encourage them to be psychologically unsuited toward marital monogamy.

Now who do you suppose, in the cast of players in American society, would be encouraging adoloscent sexual promiscuity?

October 28, 11:14 am | [comment link]
3. nwlayman wrote:

This story is very, very old news.  What is also old news is that if the school nurse had given her 1/2 a tylenol because she had a headache or menstrual cramps and not gotten explicit permission from the parent, all hell would break loose.  Hormonal therapy for birth control to protect from sexual activity (which likely is also statutory rape in many states) is a protected practice, as is keeping the information from the parents.  The girl could have got an abortion just as easily.
    If you want to imagine something incredible, think of trying to explain this to the last generation.  I like to picture telling my father, a WWII veteran, that he didn’t have the right to see his 13 year old child’s medical information (Washington State), though he paid the bills for the child and was responsible for every aspect of that person’s life.  The currrent generation has zero guts, period.

October 28, 11:20 am | [comment link]
4. Paula Loughlin wrote:

Law or not.  They would have needed a pry bar to get me off their butts should they ever had tried to pull this nonsense on me with my child.

October 28, 12:26 pm | [comment link]
5. Sick & Tired of Nuance wrote:

“...a woman at school had taken her to a clinic for a shot that would provide birth control for three months.”

I believe that was a criminal act.  Sexual activity with a 14 year old is statutory rape.  The woman that took the girl to get contraceptives contributed to the delinquency of a minor.

Home school your children.  Put them in a Christian school if you can’t teach them at home.  Don’t let the state have them.

October 28, 12:32 pm | [comment link]
6. Timothy Fountain wrote:

We don’t seem to have a moral, legal or otherwise coherent idea of when a life begins and when it is considered autonomous.  There seems to be less and less time between a woman’t absolute right to abort and the - uh - product of conception’s freedom to do whatever it wants.  Insane.

October 28, 12:39 pm | [comment link]
7. Paula Loughlin wrote:

I also have to wonder if the non profit that pulled this stunt would have been allowed to set up offices in the students were mostly from white middle class homes.  I don’t think I am mistaken in believing that this group is set up to serve lower income minority girls.

October 28, 12:40 pm | [comment link]
8. GillianC wrote:

If my 14-year old child threw a brick through a window, I would be legally responsible.
If my 14-year old child was ill, and I did not get “acceptable” medical treatment, I would be accused of neglect or abuse.
If my 14-year old child took drugs and overdosed, I would be responsible for the medical bills for treatment and recovery.

If this 14-year old child had an allergic reaction (as the mother mentioned), or damaged her reproductive system would the school or the clinic be responsible?  Did they consult with her family doctor before injecting the child with powerful hormones (like a 14-year-old’s hormones aren’t powerful enough!)?  Did they get a medical history to make sure that the child didn’t have a medical condition that would be effected by the hormone shot?  No and no and no.  Wouldn’t that be cause for malpractice if a “regular” doctor behaved that way?  Law or no law, this is “bad medicine”.

The government is once again telling the parents that they have all the responsibility, but no authority over their own child, and turning a blind eye to unacceptable medical practice because it is a matter of “reproductive health”.  Wake up, people.

October 28, 1:18 pm | [comment link]
9. Cole wrote:

Come on now.  You know that this all has merit with the new family values.  We must protect teenage daughters from their parents, and especially their fathers.  There have been some who have committed incest, and others who would punish their daughters severely for their behavior.  That naturally leads to the conclusion that all fathers are not competent to raise their daughters and should be marginalized from leadership in their families.

October 28, 1:53 pm | [comment link]
10. Already left wrote:

The non-profit’s goal is ” to increase awareness of and prevent teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.” Do they specifically tell the girls that this shot WILL NOT prevent HIV/Aids and sexually transmitted diseases? I’ll bet not.

October 28, 3:24 pm | [comment link]
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