Roundup: Massachusetts Parents Fight Availability of Birth Control for High School Students


Massachusetts Parents Fight Availability of Birth Control for High School Students
A
group of parents in Revere, Massachusetts, is fighting a proposed
policy change that would make contraceptives including Plan B available
to high school students, according to the Boston Globe.
The policy, approved by the School Committee, would enable students
visiting the Massachusetts General Hospital’s school-based clinic at
Revere High School to obtain contraceptives at the clinic if they
receive their parents’ permission, the article said.
Many others support the policy, including school superintendent Paul Dakin.
He told the Boston Globe:

"It is separate and distinct from
our school nurses,” he said, estimating that about a quarter of the
school’s 1,600 students in any given year are enrolled in the MGH
center. Dakin said students can obtain contraceptives only if their
parents provide permission.

"They
do these things regularly in doctors’ offices – parents, children, and
doctors make decisions about the mental and physical well-being of
children. . . . and some of those decisions are decisions about
contraception,” Dakin said.

Dr.
Eric Weil, an internist at the MGH Revere HealthCare Center and
chairman of the city’s Board of Health supports the policy, referring
to a 2007 behavioral study that revealed that of the students who
reported having sexual intercourse, a quarter of them said they didn’t
use any form of birth control. He also said that Revere has the 12th
highest teenage pregnancy rate in Massachusetts.

Anti-Abortion Actvitist Starts Tour in Roanoke
Randall
Terry, an anti-abortion advocate, started his five-day, five-state tour
to oppose Democrat-led health-care reform, according to The Roanoke Times.
Terry is the founder of Operation Rescue, and in the 1980′s and 90′s
Terry was one of the most outspoken opponents of abortion.
In his
skit, Terry and other anti-choice opponents staged a scene where Terry
stabbed a plastic baby doll with a knife and then proceeded to pretend
to give a lethal injection to an elderly woman.
The article said he went as far as delivering a dead fetus to Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention in 1992. 
More
recently, he was arrested in March at the Notre Dame graduation
ceremony, where President Obama was the commencement speaker. After the
murder of Dr. George Tiller, Terry said "He reaped what he sowed."
The article said:

"At the core of Obama’s health care policy is the murder of babies and
the murder of the elderly," he said. "If this bill passes and they
expect us to pay … there will be horrific consequences to pay."
The consequences, as he explained them, would be contempt for the
government; vandalism; and acts of violence against those perceived to
be involved with abortions, but he denied involvement with violent
anti-abortionists.


More Protests at Florida Planned Parenthood

Anti-abortion
advocates gathered outside a Naples, Florida Planned Parenthood clinic
Saturday after it announced that abortion services would be available
there starting in September, according to a Naplesnews.com article.
The article said:
Almost every Saturday, 15 to 20 anti-abortion advocates routinely pray
in protest outside of Planned Parenthood, at 1425 Creech Road. The
Planned Parenthood Federation of America has been a longstanding
supporter of abortion rights and upholding the U.S. Supreme Court
decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion on Jan. 22, 1973.
Eileen
Hennessy, a director at Naples Pro-life Council, said, "We have been
coming out here to pray for 19 years now… We’re here every Saturday.
It just so happened that the news came out
yesterday and was in the paper today I guess." 

OTHER NEWS TO NOTE:

August 24: Jamaica Observer: EXPERTS WARN AGAINST HAVING CHILDREN IN QUICK SUCCESSION

August 23: LifeNews: Obama Continues Saying Pro-Life Advocates Lying About Health Care, Abortion

August 24: Washington Times:Your taxes to pay for abortions

August 24: Daily Mail:Is it time to stop taking the Pill? A new book asks whether the tide of risks has gone too far

August 23: The Standard: Get ready to be counted tomorrow 

August 24: Brisbane Times: Qld abortion law re-write ‘cowardly’

August 23: Change.org Women’s Rights: Pathfinder International "Fingers Crossed" Ad Starts The Conversation

August 24: The Australian:Abortion statute on cards for repeal

August 23: Beliefnet: Factcheck.org:Tax money will pay for abortions under ObamaCare

August 23: Examiner: President Obama on illegal immigrants, abortion, and honesty in the health care reform debate

August 22: Green Left: Vigil for abortion law reform

August 23: Examiner: Adoption agency earns US Commerce Association award  

August 23: Tulsa World:Another round in the abortion battle

August 23: Palm Beach Post: EDITORIAL: Repeal gay adoption ban 

August 23: Catholic News Agency: Wisconsin requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives coverage 

August 23: LA Times: The war for Afghanistan’s women 

August 20: Crosswalk: Heroine for Life: Lila Rose Vs. Planned Parenthood   

August 23: Washington Post: Our D.C. Adoption Story

August 22: Naples News: Protesters gather at Planned Parenthood in Naples, a day after abortion announcement

August 22: Catholic Online: Justin Cardinal Rigali: ‘Abortion Is Not Health Care’ 

August 22: Catholic Family Media:Pro-Life More Important Than My Career

August 22: Examiner: Natural Family Planning (NFP) and feminism

August 22: Creative Minority Report:Annie Lennox Criticizes Pope

August 22: Daily Mail Blogs: Is sex selection pro-choice?

August 22: AP: Neb. man stole painting for abortion

August 23: The Age: Turning hard right: the battle for Right to Life 

August 21: Robert Lindsay: Great Pro-Choice Site 

August 21: Gaston Gazette: Abbey president would rather shut down college than relent on providing contraceptive coverage

August 21: KFSM: Birth Control Options for Women With Migraines 

August 22: WaPo: (Letters) Abortion Has No ‘Lighter Side’  

August 23: Roanoke.com:Anti-abortion activist Randall Terry kicks off tour in Roanoke  

August 22: WaPo: GOD IN GOVERNMENT :The Best From This Week’s Blog

August 20: LifeSiteNews: Catholics Students React to Obama Administration Threat against Belmont Abbey over Contraception Coverage  

August 21: Morningsun.net:Reproductive health (Letter) 

August 22: SF Gate: Finding equilibrium in health care reform

August 21: Colorado Statesman: Guard against a stealth mandate for abortion  

August 24: Journal Record: Attorney says Okla. high court will see abortion law as unconstitutional

August 23: Feministing: Anti-choice representative Michele Bachmann: No government control over my body!

August 21: FOX News: President Obama vs. Prominent Bishop Over Abortion

August 21: LifeNews: Health Care Reform Should Include Telling Women of Abortion Risks, Problems  

August 21: Muskogee Phoenix: SB 1878 & writing laws 

August 21: Town Hall: Q&A: Abortion & the health care plan 

August 21: Christian Science Monitor: Abortion wars intensify over healthcare reform 

August 21: LifeNews: Black Pro-Life Advocates Cheer Kourtney Kardashian Choosing Life Over Abortion  

August 21: WaPo: Deeds Goes on the Offensive in Speech, Ad  

August 21: Alternet:Black Conservatives in the Age of Obama

August 21: Feminists for Choice:Common Enemy: Choice and D.O.M.A. 

August 21: Examiner: Will God put his abortion practice on hold for 40 Days for Life campaign?

August 21: Newsday: Even with IUDs, there’s a chance of pregnancy 

August 21: Naples News: Planned Parenthood to start offering abortions in Naples next month

August 22: The Australian: Bligh widens abortion law as doctors revolt

August 21: LifeNews: Texas Gov Perry Better on Abortion, Bioethics Republican Pro-Life Group Says

August 21: Red State: Conflicting Statements on Subsidized Abortion Haunt Health Care Reform

August 21: The American Conservative: There Is No Alternative

August 21: Chicago Daily Observer: Abortion is Health Care Reform:"We are God’s partners in matters of life and death," Obama said to the Rabbis

August 21: Post Politics Nashville: Health Reform Abortion Ruse 

August 21: National Post: Andrea Mrozek and Rebecca Walberg: The abortion distortion

August 20: FDA: Gardasil Vaccine Safety

August 20: Boston Globe: Parents fight birth control accessibility at Revere High

August 21: Christian Post: Rethinking Abortion: Two Unexpected Witnesses 

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  • crowepps

    Since the parents would have to give permission in advance for their children to obtain birth control, aren’t the dozen parents opposing this actually talking about preventing OTHER people’s children from getting something which those parents want them to have?

  • crowepps

    Note that the headline on the article is “Parents fight birth control accessibility at Revere High” and it isn’t until page two that you find out the group is a dozen people. There are 1500 students at Revere High with I would assume approximately 3000 parents. This sure would make a different impression if the headline was “Dozen crackpots want citywide vote to take decision away from parents”.

  • nikolasr

    It would be helpful for the students there in Massachusetts to have a proper sex education. Abortion is an evil course they may take. It seems that youth today has a very low level of moral values. Premarital sex is one of the ruinous thing many are engaging in which lead to abortion. Providing contraceptives isn’t right, this will just give youths idea on engaging with immoral sexual intercourse. Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women