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School drives student to abortion giant Planned Parenthood

Posted in Planned Parenthood on School Campus, Schools and abortion with tags , , , , , , , on October 29, 2013 by saynsumthn

According to the Herald Tribune

Abortion opponents who regularly picket in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Sarasota know some of the schedules there pretty well.

More than anything, they say, abortions are normally scheduled for Friday mornings, and that is when the picketers and their signs are most numerous.

So there was probably no chance that the arrival of a white van with a distinctly unexpected logo would go unnoticed.

The markings identified the van as belonging to the Sarasota County School District. Inside were a driver and two female passengers, and at least one looked to be of high school age.

As is common even when ordinary vehicles enter the Planned Parenthood parking lot, some of the protesters took video of the van. Gene Tischer, one of the regular anti-Planned Parenthood guys there, sent that video to some members of the School Board and other school officials. He attached a list of pointed questions.

“1. Under what authority, pursuant to which specific Sarasota County School Board policy, does a Sarasota County school van deliver young girls to PP during normal school day hours?

“2. Are the Board members and administration aware that abortions are performed at this time and place every Friday?

“3. Were taxpayer funds used to provide this transportation and escort service? If so, based on staff time, vehicle usage and distance traveled, approximately how much did this trip cost us taxpayers?

“4. How many similar trips have school vans/buses made to PP this calendar year?

“5. When may I expect written responses to the questions posed above?”

Valid questions, I thought. And school officials got back to us quickly after I asked about the same things.

Right off the bat they said there had been a school system policy violation, and that Riverview High Principal Linda Nook has received a reprimand for it. And yes, a female student was in that van.

But the student wasn’t there for an abortion. Nor was it a career day field trip or the like, in case that sort of thing had also crossed any protester’s mind.

The student had talked to a teacher and was in need of a pregnancy test and tests for a sexually transmitted disease, a schools’ spokesman told me.

“The testing services the student needed were available through the Health Department, but the student had personal reasons for wanting to have the tests done elsewhere,” the spokesman said.

“In response to the student’s concerns, the two staff members decided to take her to Planned Parenthood for the tests instead of the Health Department,” and they had parental permission to do so, he said.

As it turned out, the student was not able to get the tests at Planned Parenthood that morning. The school district did not say why, but said, “No tests or procedures were performed.” The student later went to get tests done without further school involvement.

She reported that she was not pregnant and that the disease tests were negative, the spokesman said.

But that well-intentioned attempt by school officials was a violation of district policy, said Superintendent Lori White.

“The staff members should have referred the issue to a school social worker, who would have assessed the situation and would have taken the student to the Sarasota County Health Department if necessary,” White said in a statement. “If they have parent permission, school social workers are authorized to transport students to access public health services, but not to initiate services from a private provider.”

After district administrators learned about the visit, “the principal received a reprimand from the executive director of high schools,” White said.

The principal was not in the van, but an assistant principal and teacher who acted with the approval of the principal each received a letter of instruction that explained the proper procedure. Such letters are not considered a disciplinary action.

Tischer, who had attached the questions to the video, said none of the protesters outside Planned Parenthood had assumed school employees were taking students to get abortions. But as it was a Friday morning, they did wonder. They also thought it would be an inappropriate visit for just about any other purpose, especially if a student was driven in a school van to get birth control.

Tischer said it seemed important to ask what business any school employee and vehicle had going there during school hours, and how many other times such trips have been made there.

That last question got a simple answer from White.

“None.”

NYC schools giving out tens of thousands of doses of the morning-after abortion pill

Posted in Abortion pill, Morning After Pill, Plan B, Schools and abortion, Sex Ed with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2013 by saynsumthn

By SUSAN EDELMAN
Last Updated: 9:32 AM, February 3, 2013
Posted: 11:15 PM, February 2, 2013
EXCLUSIVE
Plan B has become Plan A in the Bloomberg administration’s stealth war on teen pregnancy.

Handouts of the “morning-after pill” to sexually active students have skyrocketed under an unpublicized project in which health centers in public schools offer girls a full menu of free birth-control drugs and devices, records obtained by The Post show.

Last September, the city revealed it had started giving out Plan B and other birth control in the nurses’ offices of 13 high schools. At the time, officials said 567 girls had gotten Plan B.

But the birth-control blitz was much bigger than the city had acknowledged. About 40 separate “school-based health centers” doled out 12,721 doses of Plan B in 2011-12, up from 10,720 in 2010-11 and 5,039 in 2009-10, according to the newly released data.

About 22,400 students sought reproductive care from January 2009 through last school year, records show. Under state law, minors don’t need parental OKs to get contraceptives.

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Another inner city school given FREE condoms

Posted in Schools and abortion, Sex Ed with tags , , , , on December 27, 2012 by saynsumthn

Students at 22 public high schools in Philadelphia will return from their winter break to find condoms available for the taking at the school nurse’s office, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The pilot project is intended to address what one deputy mayor described as an epidemic of sexually transmitted disease in Philadelphia adolescents.

Philadelphia School District officials sent an email to school nurses, notifying them that the clear-plastic condom dispensers would be installed “just inside the doorway near the entrance to your office.”

Students will return to 22 schools following the holiday break to see new clear plastic condom dispensers installed inside the nurse’s office, WTXF reports. While 12 schools in the city already offer condom in health resource centers, the new move aims to increase contraceptive access to students in a city where teens comprise 25 percent of new HIV infections.

The initiative has sparked outrage among a number of Philadelphia parents, who say free condoms will only serve to encourage teens to engage in sexual activity. But school officials point out that parents are able to sign a waiver to opt their child out of the program, and teens will have sex regardless of whether condoms are made easily available to them.

Across the U.S., at least 418 public schools make condoms available to students, according to Advocates for Youth, a group dedicated to educate and assist young people in sexual health. Of those schools, more than half distribute condoms via school nurses or teachers, while just 3 percent use “vending machines.”

The dispenser program in Philadelphia comes after a new initiative in Springfield, Mass. made waves this year for making condoms available to both high school and middle school students, giving students as young as 12 free access to contraceptives at school.

New York City school officials also sparked controversy in September, when the Department of Education announced a plan to make Plan B emergency contraception available to high school girls at 13 schools across the city. Under the program, an effort to curb the city’s teen pregnancy and abortion rate, girls as young as 14 are able to get the morning after pill without parental consent.

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