A Local Fight For Contraceptives in Schools


The Daily Item has an article about a high school in Revere that’s offering contraceptives in its nurse’s office. The school has allowed the handing out of contraceptives – including condoms and Plan B – since last winter.

Over the summer, parents opposed to the program gathered almost 2,000 signatures calling for the suspension of the policy. The recommendation states:

"Should the School Committee temporarily suspend distribution of contraception and ‘Plan B,’ known as the morning after-pill, at Revere High School and form an advisory council of parents and others to evaluate health risks and benefits of both contraception and abstinence recommendations submitted to the School Committee for consideration prior to the School Committee deciding whether to lift the suspension."

If the recommendation is passed by the school board, it will be placed on the November 3 ballot.

What’s especially frustrating about the opposition is that the policy is already fairly restrictive. It permits contraception only after parents enroll their teenager in the health center, and then only allows the distribution of contraception to them after parents check a box on the enrollment form. It would seem that any parents protesting the measure have very little reason to do so; if they don’t want their teenagers participating, they don’t have to allow them. It’s just another case of people forcing their strict, backwards morals on others.

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  • crowepps

    Over the summer, parents opposed to the program gathered almost 2,000 signatures calling for the suspension of the policy.

    I would sure like to see the language on the petition signed by half of one percent of the population. Did it make it clear that the parents had to give preapproval before “distribution”? I would also be interested in seeing who signed – were these other parents of children at the schools? Or was it ‘concerned citizens’ who think it’s outrageous that parents have the right to allow their own children to visit the school health clinic for reproductive care? Personally, I think they need to respect the parents’ right to make decisions for their teens.