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Thursday, December 3, 2009

MPS considers condom giveaway program for kids

A little more than a hot lunch program.  MPS pondering distributing sexual pharmaceutical products to minors.

Milwaukee Public Schools' health officials want to make condoms freely available to students in many of the district's high schools, as part of an effort to combat the health risks that sexually transmitted infections and other communicable diseases pose to young people.


But allowing students to obtain contraception at school can be controversial. The leader of one local group that supports abstinence education in schools has already said she's against the idea.
Sally Ladke, executive director of the Wisconsin Abstinence Coalition, said that a comprehensive medical exam, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and a full report of a student's medical and family history should be required before any school offered a student contraception.
"If they're already sexually active, use this as an opportunity to treat the STD they may have already," Ladke said. "Let's have counseling with the kids. This should be done in careful consultation with a doctor."

The condoms would be available only in high schools with nurses, and a student would have to talk to a nurse before he or she could obtain contraception.
Students may be able to obtain up to two condoms, which would be accompanied by literature about sexually transmitted infections, and other "youth friendly" material about the risks of sexual activity, Murphy said.
"We really want to make sure it's not just the provision of a condom, but an opportunity for a student to have a conversation with a qualified health professional," Murphy said. "The goal is not to have the nurse be a barrier. I don't envision students having to make an appointment."
Murphy said the cost of the program would be fairly minimal, and that funding for the contraception would come from nondistrict sources.

Susan Wooley, executive director of the American School Health Association, said common concerns about the practice include whether parental consent is required, whether students can be anonymous in obtaining condoms, and whether the record of obtaining contraception would enter into the student's health record or academic files.
Also, Wooley said, some people are concerned that offering contraception in schools will encourage sexual activity.
"Most of the research that has been done in sexuality education has shown that it does increase the use of contraception, but not the rate of being sexually active," Wooley said.
Murphy added that she didn't expect students in MPS would have to obtain parental consent because state and federal laws allow them to receive contraception and pregnancy testing in outside clinics without parental consent.
She also said that she didn't envision that receiving contraception would enter into their school or medical record.
"We're hoping that the end result will be less sexual activity rather than more if this is done right."
The continued intrusion of public schools into the health care bubble of minor children should constitute a red flag to parents.
MPS is leaning a heavy elbow into the side of families throughout the district it serves.  Calling the condom giveaway program by a surreptitious name such as  "Communicable Disease Prevention Program" slickly disengages those who are unaware of the dangers of such a program.  Call it what it is:
A trend setter.
Condom distribution will establish sexual activity as the norm among teens, which will ultimately create peer pressure to engage in sexual activity.  Now add fuel to the sexual fire and the temptation to engage in sexual activity that is "protected" will result in more women having sex at a younger age.  Yet more concern for the furtherance of female exploitation.
A morality breaker.
No school district should be assimilating family values in place of the moral standards by which a child is trained at home.  Should parents fail to instill values, that issue continues to lie solely with the parent(s), and not become the pet project of a governmental institution.
A family destroyer.
Condom distribution and sex counseling undermines familial authority; lack of parental notification encourages sneaking, lying and damaging home relationships.  
A taxpayer burden.
Taxpayers should not have to support programs that they find morally objectionable.  If overall sexual activity increases as the result of encouraging "safer sex", the number of people occasionally engaging in risky behavior will increase; the risk of these problems spreading will increase with it.
A disease disaster.
In 2003 Planned Parenthood helped initiate the Family Planning Waiver, a state-funded program with a stated purpose to “stop unplanned pregnancies and  sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)”. This program has funded Planned Parenthood millions of state tax dollars each year since.

What has been the result of these programs? In a recent op ed piece in the MJS, Planned Parenthood President and CEO Teri Huyck noted that STDs are spreading at an alarming rate among teenagers and stated that teen birth rates are rising. In doing so, she admits that their program is a failure.
 The problems associated with teen sex cannot be covered over with a thin piece of rubber.

If anything, promoting condom use is a degradation of the intelligence capabilities of our youth, and makes a clear statement that teens are unable to exercise the will power to say "no" to the misuse of sex.  
MPS should stick to academics and stay out of the family values department.  
Just wondering, MPS - If you're going to hand out condoms, who is going to check to be sure the kids are using them?


Unknown said...

You act as if sexual activity is not already widespread among teens. There is already peer pressure for it and 1. ignoring that fact or 2. doing nothing but whining about the issue, get us no where in fixing it, both actions you seem very keen on. Morals are at the discretion of each individual. You cannot set a moral standard for others and expect them to follow it. And if parents fail to instill your so-called "values," you should be happy someone else is trying to remedy this. The fact that condoms will be able to be given out without parental approval does not destroy families, it is a matter of personal privacy, and I would think a parent would feel more secure knowing that a their child carried a condom, rather than the unprotected alternative. No burden will be placed on taxpayers, in case you didn't notice, the article outlines the small cost of the project and where the funding will come from. Finally, this "disease disaster" issue is irrelevant, as the Family Planning Waiver did not make its services as widely available as it could have, and the distribution of contraception was limited to birth control medication for females, in which case it would make sense that STI's would continue to spread as this leaves contraception precautions solely to females, and provides no security for the males. Also, it does not apply to homosexual relationships. Widespread distribution of condoms may or may not increase sexual activity, but it will decrease the amount of sexually transmitted infections and teen pregnancies, which will inevitably lead to less abortions, which I was under the impression you were in support of.

Paigealicious! said...

Um, did you miss this part?:

"Most of the research that has been done in sexuality education has shown that it does increase the use of contraception, but not the rate of being sexually active," Wooley said."

So people that are already sexually active are using more condoms, which REDUCES the rate of ABORTION and STDs. What's wrong with that? Let's be real: teens are going to have sex whether the school hands out condoms or not. Wouldn't you rather they use protection so that they don't have to abort their unwanted fetuses or end up with STDs?

Unknown said...

Looks like MPS made the right decision, one that is backed up by research and not mythological traditions. Funny, but Mississippi, a state with almost 100% abstinence-only education had the HIGHEST rate of teen pregnancy in the nation last year.