Tuesday April 25, 2000
PARENTS CANNOT OPT KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL CONTRACEPTIVE PROGRAM
INTERLAKE, Manitoba, Apr 25 (LSN.ca) – Parents are in an uproar in the Interlake region of Manitoba where a school nurse has announced,with the backing of the province’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, that parents will have no right to prevent nurses from providing their children with contraceptives. The Winnipeg Free Press reported last week that public health nurse Sandy Phillips told a packed school board meeting in Stonewall recently that parents can’t block their children’s access to birth control “I would respect the wishes of the client. I’m under no obligation to call the parents,” she said. Dr. Robert Walker, deputy registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba, concurred saying, “As a professional, the nurse would have an obligation to see them. Children have the right to consent for health care, once they’re of the age of understanding.”
LifeSite reported last month that schools in the Interlake region were considering a sex-ed program that would see nurses handing out the pill and condoms in high schools. The move is being pushed by a Planned Parenthood front group which calls itself the “Sexuality Education Resource Centre” Earlier, parents were told they could opt their children out of the program.
Comment on the policy to the Chair of the Interlake School Board: Fran Frederickson [email protected]
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