SEATTLE, Washington, August 18, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Intrauterine devices, long-term arm implants, and the Pill are being passed out for the asking to girls as young as 13 in Seattle schools, without parental consent.
In fact, the number of middle and high school girls in Seattle who got long-acting reversible contraceptives like IUDs doubled in the last year due to efforts of the school system.
Because Washington State law allows minors access to birth control without parental permission, children as young as 12 can get IUDs implanted without parents' knowledge.
The Seattle City Council received an update from the county health department on the student contraceptive program. At least 1,293 high school students received contraceptive counseling, with an untold number receiving arm implants, IUDs, and the Pill.
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Additionally, 49 junior high kids received the same contraceptive counseling, and four of them received an arm-implanted long-acting contraceptive device.
The school-based birth control dispensaries, called “health centers,” not only dispense contraceptives, but also treat various injuries and health issues of students. They are run by private organizations but are funded by tax dollars through a Families and Education Levy.
The use of IUDs raises concerns, as some women experience dangerous and life-threatening side effects from them, including perforation of the uterus, pelvic inflammatory disease, and ectopic (tubal) pregnancies. The IUD may also gravitate from the uterus to the uterine wall or abdomen, causing infection and requiring difficult surgery to remove.