...without parental knowledge in Maine if the measure gets passed via the Portland School Committee. On the one hand, parents have to give permission for the students to be seen by the King Student Health Centers but on the other hand, the things that go on there are considered confidential and parents are not granted access to the files. So, if a child has permission to be seen in case of need, that child also has the ability to go and receive birth control prescriptions without having parental consent or the parent even being notified.
Here is a quote from Lead Nurse, Amanda Rowe:
"This is a service that is totally needed," Rowe said. "It's about very few kids, but they are kids who don't have the same opportunities and access as other students."
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-Should parents have access to this information?
-What are your thoughts about making birth control available to 6th graders?
-Do you think it allows for more promiscuity without as high of a risk for pregnancy or is it effective in curbing teen pregnancy or both?
-Do you think this is an issue of the greater good?
-If you are a parent of a middle school aged child, what would your reaction be if this proposal was brought up in your school district?