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Parental Rights Under Attack in NYC

By Jedediah Bila

New York City parents, do you know what your kids have access to in public school without your consent? I’m not talking about candy and ice cream here. I’m talking about all kinds of contraception, including the morning-after pill.

The New York Post reports:

Last September, the city revealed it had started giving out Plan B and other birth control in the nurses’ offices of 13 high schools. At the time, officials said 567 girls had gotten Plan B.

But the birth-control blitz was much bigger than the city had acknowledged. About 40 separate “school-based health centers” doled out 12,721 doses of Plan B in 2011-12, up from 10,720 in 2010-11 and 5,039 in 2009-10, according to the newly released data.

About 22,400 students sought reproductive care from January 2009 through last school year, records show. Under state law, minors don’t need parental OKs to get contraceptives.

Yes, you read that right. In New York, minors can acquire hormone-altering drugs at school without parental consent. And we’re not just talking about birth-control pills and the morning-after pill.

Besides “emergency contraception,” about 40 school-based clinics have dispensed prescriptions for birth-control pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs), hormone-delivering injections and Patch and NuvaRing — covering a total 93,569 monthly cycles through June 2012, the report says.

The Post obtained the report under a Freedom of Information Law request.

Handouts of birth-control packets rose from 6,027 in 2009-10 to 10,462 last year. Depo-Provera injections rose from 1,213 to 2,117. Staffers also insert plastic IUDs in the uterus, where they can remain for years.

I have written about the potentially serious side effects of hormone-altering drugs. If you’re not familiar with the potential dangers, please read about them. I write from personal experience. The idea that any hormone-altering drug would be administered to minors without parental consent is horrifying. Not surprisingly, parents aren’t happy about it.

LifeNews.com reports:

Last September, LifeNews reported that a poll found 53 percent of New York City parents oppose the controversial new CATCH program recently instated in 13 NYC public schools. CATCH, which stands for Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Healthcare, is a pilot program established by the city’s Department of Education (DOE) and aimed at curtailing teen pregnancy by making emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B, available to students without parental consent. Public schools already have free condoms available to students.

Parents, make your voices heard. These are serious drugs with potentially serious side effects. Talk to your kids. Make it your business to be aware of what they are putting in their bodies. Don’t allow the system to cut you out of the process.

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Wait a minute… I don’t see the availability of birth control in schools as the problem. I see the NEED for birth control as the problem. With the moral breakdown of society, the disintegration of the family unit, parental apathy, the lack of moral character, etc, the problem starts before the child ever walks into the school. If the family doesn’t take care of the child’s emotional and moral needs, if the child seeks acceptance, love, and validation thru sex, then why are we so high and mighty to forbid birth control to the child? If we aren’t willing to help fix the problem, to help restore faith and family, then we haven’t earned the right to criticize someone else’s attempt to curtail an even bigger problem – teen pregnancy. And parental consent? Do those kids have parental consent to go out and screw around? I doubt it. Fix the… Read more »

The Plan B pill, contraceptives and non-parental consent abortions for school children has been going on for some time. Many of these practices have been occurring for at least 20 years. Yes I disagree that children can acquire these medical services with out parental consent, at the same time they can’t even be distributed required medication in school with out required paperwork.
What is really amazing the is number of people that seem to not be aware that this has been \ is occurring on a daily basis in our schools.

Why are there no lawsuits over this?

We have discussed this in our family extensively. If anyone gave birth control product or an abortion to my child and they had any kind of complications I would immediately contact my insurance company and let them know who was at fault and responsible for the bill. I would also file a law suite. These are minor children who can’t get a drivers license without parental consent. Our school district cannot legally give them an aspirin without written consent. What is our country coming to? I’m glad i don’t have that many years left to put up with it but I fear for my grandchildren.

I just posted something and I don’t see it. Please let me know why.

Wait until these students get to college and see what’s awaiting them. I just read Nathan Harden’s book “Man, Sex, God, and Yale”. He’s a recent graduate of Yale. The freshmen are introduced to Sex Week, with porno stars handing out all kinds of goodies and demonstrations. Apparently, Yale became a model for other colleges and now several colleges have introduced Sex Fest also. The most recent addition to this degenerate club is Penn. And to think that these colleges are given taxpayers funds from the federal gov.t.

This just another example of the moral decay of this once great nation. Our kids aren’t allowed to bring needed medication to school, but they can have birth control administered without parental consent. What’s next, rooms that can be reserved for sex between classes? I just don’t understand what it is going to take for the people to rise up and say enough already and hold these irresponsible administrators accountable. The governement is exhibiting more and more control over our personal freedoms and we are letting them. They are telling us what to say, what to think, how to act, what we have to purchase. All with no regard for our personal values and beliefs. Political correstness run amok. I am personally very tired and disgusted with all of this.

One of many reasons the Department of Education should be abolished.

If ‘birth control’ is under the jurisdiction and control of the Department of Education, what ISN’T under their jurisdiction and control?

And while the DOE is busy with these activities, students are learning less in classes each and every year.

The more we move to no Religion, no conscious, and no remorse for any decision we make the more this world be like Sodom and Gomorrah. Let’s have a 13 year child decide what is best for them, good choice.

Everything is permitted, so long as it’s under the banner: “It’s for the children”.

How long have they done this? Are any students given any education on side effects before taking drugs?
My greatest concern on this subject, after the lack of knowledge by the parents, is that a precedent is set
for many more things in the future. My last concern is that the students are having sex without giving thought
to consequences. Their only thought is how much “fun” they can have and only have to go to school and
take a pill, the entire time their parents have no idea how sexually active their daughter is.

This is so wrong at so many levels. What if your child has a reaction to any of these meds and you have no idea they are even using them? Example birth control can cause blood clots. What if your child develops a blood clot and continues to use the birth control? I think they should be sued.

After reading this, I realized that this is not new. I had forgotten all about it after I graduated high school, and peer educators would establish that teenagers have their own “Bill of Rights”. Basically, one of them was that you have a right to secret abortion from your parents. My high school had it’s own clinic, and only places like that had the resources to provide those students with plan B, condoms, lubricants, and among other things.

Unbelievable. How is this legal?

WOW.

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