Birth Control Controversy

By: Kieran Wilson Email
By: Kieran Wilson Email

Students at a Maine middle school can now get birth control prescriptions from the student health clinic. It's a decision that has sparked national debate, and prompted a look that's closer to home.

The last three years in Colorado more than 300 girls ages 10 to 14 have given birth, seven of them in Mesa County. For girls between 15 and 19 the number of births in Mesa County is 700, and looking at the entire state that number climbs to more than 20,000.

When asked if School District 51would consider implementing a program like the school in Maine. They responded that while they do have Sexual Education classes it is the responsibility of the parent to make the decision of whether their underage child should take birth control.

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  • by amy Location: grand junction on Oct 18, 2007 at 09:21 PM
    I have two girls in middle school and three of their friends are pregnant in 7TH and 8TH GRADE!!! Yes I think that birth control should be available to the girls and condoms to the boys with or without parents permission. whether parents believe it or not these kids are sexually active even in 6th grade or if they haven't done it yet they are definitly talking about it. If you don't believe me then you should ease drop on one of your kids phone calls or pick up one of their notes sometime. Expecially if you have a daughter. I did and found out alot of stuff and also about a room they call the "game room" at one of my daughters friends house. I am a very open minded parent with my kids,I have been very frank and up front with them but not all of their friends are so lucky. And I said open minded not trusting.I know what kids their age think, I got pregnant at the age of 15 and had to learn my lesson the hard way.
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