The School Nurse and the Wilder School Board

Here’s what appears to be the latest. The school board in Wilder spoke to the two parents who were concerned about their daughters having been given birth control (Depo shots) at Southwest District Health Dept in Caldwell.The Argus Observer in Ontario has news for the far western reaches of Idaho. KIVI – Channel 6* has a neophyte on it as well.

Without wandering over to the Law Library or talking to my representative in the state legislature, I tracked some information about parental consent and obtaining birth control.

Twenty-one states explicitly allow all minors to consent to contraceptive services without parental permission.

[Source: “Minors Access to Contraceptive Services,” State Policies in Brief, AGI, Dec 1, 2005.]

As of the information provided at this website, Idaho is one of those 21, as of Dec 1, 2005. The Baltimore Sun has some graphs provided by the Guttmacher Institute that shows similar information as of October 19, 2007.

However, the Guttmacher Institute has this on its website which shows Idaho is STILL one of the 21 states that allows minors to obtain contraception without the consent of parents.  As with the other 21 states, the phrase ‘all’  applies to or includes those age 12 and above.

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*not necessarily conducive to use in Firefox; more partial to Internet Explorer

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Oh-oh…Contraceptives & Teenagers

Just saw this at KIVI’s site stumbling around looking for something else, of course. The headline alone brought out the ‘oh-ohs’.

Nurse takes high-school girls off-campus for contraceptives

Yikes! But the names up front: Dawn Luna and Lisa Fernandez are sisters, who are outraged. (Wonder if they’re related to Tom Luna.) Regardless . . . .

Two Wilder mothers say they are outraged at the Wilder School District after a school nurse took female students to Caldwell for birth control shots. . . .

Part of the school’s justification for taking students to get the birth control shots was that they were potentially sexually active and would be afraid to ask their parents for birth control, Fernandez said. She said her daughter is not sexually active and that she told school staff they could not take her off campus for any reason.

As a parent, myself, I’m not real keen on this idea. At the same time, my daughter didn’t begin using contraception until she was 17, and she came to me about ‘going to Planned Parenthood or somewhere.’ And that was 10+ years ago. Since my daughter is more than grown with a daughter of her own, it looks like I’ll be checking out parental consent laws in Idaho because I’m not up on them.

Wilder School Board member Raul Rocha said Sunday he could not comment on the incidents before he met with other school officials. No other Wilder school officials could be reached for comment.

The board meets tonight. But it is unclear whether trustees will discuss the issue at the meeting.

That board meeting is apparently tonight, Monday, Dec. 10th. The Idaho Press Tribune just posted this story on their website. If I knew it was going to be on the agenda, I’d go just for the ‘fireworks.’ 😉

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