birth control for middle schoolers?

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birth control for middle schoolers?
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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 11:59am

http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/10/18/middleschool.contraception.ap/index.html?eref=time_us
After an outbreak of pregnancies among middle school girls, education officials in this city have decided to allow a school health center to make birth control pills available to girls as young as 11.


What do you think of this?

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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 12:09pm

>My thought is that being on birth control is not the best for a woman's body, can you imagine a girl starting it as young as 11? <

It's not that bad for a woman's body either, and it is the most effective form of birth control. I'd rather these girls get the Pill at school than not get it at all.

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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 12:11pm

I read this article, too. I thought it was a little creepy too, but I also see a compelling reason to do it. If an 11-year-old is having sex, they're probably better off on birth control hormones than dealing with soaring hCG.

I don't particularly like this option, but the apparent alternative is much scarier.




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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 12:27pm
I think that parents should be notified before BC is given, but I definitely would rather my stepdaughter (or any future daughter of mine) be on BC then have to deal with a teenage pregnancy. I know a lot of parents think that their kids are not having sex, but parents are not always around the kids. So I think that it is a good idea, but the parents should have the ultimate control over its distribution.
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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 12:28pm

Not entirely. The parents must sign a consent form before a child will be allowed to use the health center. Parents that do not want their children to be on BC have the option of not signing. Of course, this means that their children will not be allowed to use any aspect of the health center.

I haven't done the research on this but my personal thought is that it's probably not good to start so young. A family that was very close to mine growing up has three daughters. All of the daughters were on the pill at a very young age (without their knowledge)because their mom was afraid that one would become pregnant. At the time, she worked for an OB/GYN that prescribed the medication for the girls. All three of them encountered fertility problems and had to use IVF to conceive (one is now married to an OB/GYN). I don't know if the fact that they were on the pill early on played into their problems but it seems like it might be likely. Of course, there's the whole issue of giving them the medication without their knowledge, but that's another debate. Keep in mind that this was in the very early 70's.

While I agree with you, I know that children will be having sex anyway.

The problem that I see is that there may be an increase in STDs. If the girl is on the pill, they may decide not to use a condom as well.

Edited to add personal story.




Edited 10/19/2007 12:36 pm ET by marie-p
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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 12:34pm

>The problem that I see is that there may be an increase in STDs. If the girl is on the pill, they may decide not to use a condom as well.<

Let's hope the school nurse advises the girls on condom usage AND tells them if they're sexually active they should see a doctor regularly. Many communities have health clinics where girls could go to receive such care.

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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 12:43pm

I'm just wondering if the school, the school nurse, the school district and the state of Maine are going to cover any and all adverse effects that may strike a young girl- or perhaps the increased risk of cancer from estrogen exposure as she grows older- or things we may not know yet about extremely young bodies being injected with hormones.
I started the pill at 17½- but I think 11-13 is waaaay too young- and certainly without parental notification. BTW- what's the legal age of consent in Maine? I can't understand how a state and a school can administer contraceptives to children who are not legally considered able to consent to sex anyhow.

Edited to add: Age of consent in Maine is 16.
http://www.actwin.com/eatonohio/gay/consent.htm




Edited 10/19/2007 12:44 pm ET by erosia_raunch
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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 12:55pm
Considering that most legal age of consent laws are only enforced when the kids are having sex with adults, and most kids are having sex with their age peers, you see where not giving the girls the Pill might be a problem?
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Cooper, February 10, 1814

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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 1:19pm

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The fact that a parent has to sign a consent for thier child to use ANY facet of the clinic IMO IS giving consent for thier daughter to be put on the Pill. Your right 11-13 is to young to be on the pill, but it's also too young to carry a PG to term. I would rather see my 11 yr

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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 1:38pm

I'll have to think about this one a little longer, but my answer for now is no, I don't think its okay.

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Fri, 10-19-2007 - 1:48pm

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How about the 11 year NOT having sex? Where are the parents while they are having sex? Where are these kids having sex at? Perhaps the parents ought to be keeping a closer eye on them. Even at 17 I had to be mighty inventive to have full-on sex until we moved out into our own apartment.


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