Parental Rights? Portland Maine Middle School Votes to give Birth Control to 11 to 15 Years Old


Parents … while you were sleeping you allowed these school board officials to to Birth_controlbe voted in to usurp your authority.

Parental right and health issues are at center stage in Portland, ME as an out of control school board votes to allow giving the pill or patches to Middle School age girls. How young is too young and when is it ever healthy for an 11 year old to be taking a birth control pill?

Why stop at the middle school, next thing they will be proving the pill in Elementary School. Who is to stop it when you have school board officials with an agenda?

The students will need a parent’s written permission to access any services provided, but they would not have to disclose which service they receive, a point of contention for some.

The public school insanity continues. It wasn’t enough for public schools, in this case King Middle School in Portland, Maine to provide condoms to 11 and 15 year olds, now they have gone even farther. By a 7 to 2 vote King Middle School will be the first middle school in Maine to offer a full range of contraception in grades 6 to 8, when students are 11 to 15 years old. So much for providing birth control to your child being a parental right. The King Middle School motto is Knowledge, Motivation, Spirit + Teaching, Learning, Caring equals Success … I guess they need to add “the pill” to that as well.

While students need written parental permission to be treated at Portland’s school-based health centers, state law allows them to receive confidential care for reproductive health, mental health and substance abuse issues.

Committee member Sarah Thompson, whose daughter is an eighth-grader at King, supported the change even though it made her “uncomfortable.”

“I know I’ve done my job as a parent,” Thompson said. “(But there) may be a time when she doesn’t feel comfortable coming to me (and) not all these kids have a strong parental advocate at home.”

Maine Middle School to Offer the Pill

Chairman John Coyne voted against it, saying he felt providing the birth control was a parental responsibility. The other no vote came from Ben Meiklejohn, who said the consent form does not clearly define the services being offered.

Opponents cited religious and health objections.

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    17 Responses to “Parental Rights? Portland Maine Middle School Votes to give Birth Control to 11 to 15 Years Old”

    1. Miss-Underestimated on October 18th, 2007 12:07 pm

      We need to vote these dumb asses out of office.

      Teaching sex education is one thing, giving out birth control to CHILDREN , who have no concept of sex and the ramifications is down right

      Note to Parents: Stop making the school the primary care taker and life teacher of your children. Buck up and teach you own kids this stuff.

      What next?

    2. Miss-Underestimated on October 18th, 2007 12:11 pm

      Let me add.

      Your kids can’t take an aspirin or cough drop without a MD note, but THE SCHOOL CAN DISPENSE BIRTH CONTROL.

      Take back your schools, get these people out of school.
      Makes me wonder what kind of pervs are in the schools that want these kids to take
      birth control? Are they the ones messing with the kids and don’t want any accidents?

    3. brie on October 18th, 2007 2:01 pm

      We need to get these kids back to a more puritan way of living. By giving them access to this crap is giving sexual permission. What ever happened to girls slumber parties, now they’ll probably start having orgy’s! You mean these parents don’t know where their child is and what they’re doing? What kind of peer pressure will this put on the kids whose parents disagree and raised them otherwise?

    4. Skyboxx on October 18th, 2007 5:44 pm

      More of the liberal agenda. Give your kids birth control, but withhold REAL education. Its okay to express yourself, but you can’t pray.

      It’s okay to get an abortion, but you can’t say what you think when it opposes the left wing think tank.

      Time to wake up people.

      Do you want your kids to get birth control, or do you want them to have their birth right? (Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, etc)

      I think I just made up a bumper sticker…..hmmmmm
      Forest, Forest, it happens, Heh, heh

    5. LouiseVargas on October 18th, 2007 10:31 pm

      I have strong feelings on this subject and am glad to have found a forum to express my opinion.

      I don’t feel the schools should give out birth control pills, but I do understand the express purpose of this is to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies and abortions. This is a noble goal.

      Unwanted pregnancies have been going on for hundreds of years and women have turned to shady abortionists at the risk of their lives. My mother was raped and drugged years ago (prior to my birth in 1944) in NYC. Uncle Nathan the MD gave her a abortion.

      Further, I got pregnant in 1961 and my mother forbade an abortion. I was sent to a home for unwed mothers, gave birth alone at 16 years old, and was forced by my mother to give up the baby for adoption. The only difference between my mother and me was that she had an abortion and I did not. I am glad I did not have an abortion altho I did endure a very big heartbreak in giving up the baby. I cried for three years. My mother just got up off the abortion bed and carried on with her life. My life has never been the same.

      Today, parents don’t think their sweet little kids know about sex or should know about sex. Believe me, they already know. Even if my mother had given me sex education, I already knew.

      Read my words: the more you try to prevent kids from doing something, the more they want to do it. A puritan way of living is not what the kids want.

      To break the cycle of my mother’s unwanted pregnancy and my unwanted pregnancy, I took my 12 year old daughter who looked very mature for her age, to an OB/GYN before I sent her to stay with my exhusband for the summer in New York City. The MD said it was a very good idea to do this in my daughter’s case.

      I felt it was far better for her to have sex (not that she would … but she could) and not get pregnant rather than have sex and get pregnant.

    6. msvada on October 19th, 2007 11:34 am

      Before you condemn the whole school board, why don’t you get ALL the facts… &

      This is a difficult subject. My best friends daughter went there. Sex has been a problem there for a long time.

      Its up to the parents to instill personal morals in their kids, It is up to the school to provide a good sex education program that goes along with the parents support.

      I do agree, the parents need to be notified if their daughter comes to them for contraceptives as they are minors. Their policy needs to be rewritten.

    7. Mike on October 19th, 2007 12:12 pm


      I agree its the parents responsibilty but it isn’t the responsibilty of a school board to play doctor….this is not their purpose, they are they to teach not hand out birth control pills.

      Whats next they take the kids to get abortions without the parent knowing also?

      What will end up happening is they will give a immature girl birth control who isn’t ready yo make these important decision…she will feel it must be ok to have sex now and she will end up with AIDS because of this.


    8. Mike on October 19th, 2007 12:22 pm


      I went to your links….the state law is moronic how can you allow a 11 year to control their own medical needs…thats just plain stupid.

      I’m wondering if this is the beginning of Socialized medicine where the governments have complete control of your kids healt care and then they get control over you.

      It has already started by forcing restaurants by using zero trans fat oils and now telling citizens they can’t smoke in their own homes. Whats next they’ll schedules when couple can be intimate or have surgeries?

      I say butt out portland school board and do what they pay you for…teach.

    9. msvada on October 19th, 2007 3:00 pm

      I agree with you, Maine has some unique laws. I wouldn’t live anywhere else and raise my kids.
      You cannot smoke in a vehicle with kids being one of them. No smoking in any public building…etc.No smoking in your own home is not one I am aware of.

      This ruling was done not to say to the 11 year old, go and get laid, you can get free birth control. I think this was geared towards the 8th grader that has been sexually active, doesn’t talk to parents but is always in there getting free condoms, has possibly had a pregnancy scare….Parent isn’t totally involved with their daughter or has given up with her promiscuity, has no insurance so tries to ignore it…..

      FACT: These kids are having sex in the bushes at football games. Where in hell are the parents.

      I do think that this health clinic in the school is more than just a school nurse office. They have a physician and nurse practicioner on site.

      FACT: One reason for this is it is VERY HARD to find healthcare in MAINE that will see you if you have no insurance or on a state plan. There is a free clinic at the local hospital but its only open Mon-Fri 9-4. During school hours….

    10. Mike on October 19th, 2007 3:23 pm


      By the schools own figures 5 student out of all enrolled in this program claim to have had sex.

      Those few instances don’t give the school board the right to become parents or guardians. If they have a issue that a child is being negleted then they should report those parents to juvenile services. Not start dispensing birth control pills.

      Do you think a 11 year old girl is ready for sex?
      Is she gonna take her pill everyday and practice safe sex?

      How bout the school just teach them morals and values instead of handing out the tools to have sex.

      As for the smoking in your own home ruling I was referring to a new law that was recently enacted that made smoking in a apartment building including your own apartment illegal. It wasn’t in Maine but still another big brother law none the less.

      This new rule doesn’t exclude the 11 year old did it? now matter who it was geared to. It’s still taking the parent out of the picture.

      Bottom line your allowing preteens to have control over their health care without a parents say so. and thats just plain wrong to me.

      What this new rule will do is unfortunely chase parents and their kids away from these health centers, when they send out the new releases for parents to sign they will end up with far fewer enrollees. Most parent aren’t read to sign away rights.

    11. Mike on October 19th, 2007 4:12 pm

      “FACT: These kids are having sex in the bushes at football games. Where in hell are the parents.”

      Well thats just wrong maybe the school board can rent them a motel room as well as supplying birth control and condoms.

      “FACT: One reason for this is it is VERY HARD to find healthcare in MAINE that will see you if you have no insurance or on a state plan. There is a free clinic at the local hospital but its only open Mon-Fri 9-4. During school hours….”

      Maybe they ought to start working on that issue before handing out pills without the parents consent?

    12. murphph on October 20th, 2007 11:49 am

      According to an attorney on Fox News-the school board is helping the child to have sex as a minor and this shound be reported to the police.
      If my child was having sex at 11-15 years old and the school board helped her do so without my knowledge ,I would bring the largest lawsuit against every board member and the school that is available by law.
      What is wrong with people today-This is crazy!!!

    13. brenda on October 22nd, 2007 8:52 am

      I was listening on Sean Hannity Friday afternoon and heard many MOTHERS calling in saying they would want their girls to have birth control available. SICK, just sick!

      Breakdown of morals is the bottom line. The kids are “more trouble than they are worth” to these irresonsible parents…who would deny that…but their actions scream louder than their lies.

      Interesting thing is that the FATHERS calling in were against this, but the mothers for it. Such a sad day in which we live. What ever happened to allowing kids to be kids for a while? I didn’t even know what sex was at 11! Don’t see where it hurt my childhood not knowing about it either.

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    15. Juan on October 24th, 2007 11:33 pm

      Teach about HIV, STD’s, ………….

    16. arin wiggins on April 30th, 2008 9:35 am

      i am BLOWN AWAY by the negative comments pertaining to this School Boards decision. Who are you people that you dont think that this is a completely necessary and worth while service that is being provided to these kids. Are you blind or just STUPID? wake up chrisitian RIGHT, you are WRONG! kids have sex, kids get pregnant in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade. Sometimes earlier, most times later but the REALITY that you anti-contraception people are missing is that there is NO reason that you cannot treat sex like the flu, give the people the tools that they need to protect themselves, they arent going to stop having sex whether there are condoms in the nurses office or not, but i sure as hell would rather find a condom in my kids backpack than a baby or AIDS. the world is changing and things are happening, GET WITH IT, or at least dont stand in the way of the people that want to help children have a voice instead of being stiffled by their overbearing, uneducated, ill-concerned ridiculous parents.

    17. Bil on May 4th, 2008 3:59 pm

      Any kid caught kissing or being sexual should be expelled from school. School should not be a social experiment, rather it should be a controlled and safe environment for learning. Since the sex that happens, happens outside of the school, wtf is the school doing making condoms available and the pill also? There will always be stupid girls and stupid boys doing drugs and having sex, and they should be expelled from school..that’s the signal I want to send to the kids with half a brain!

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