Seattle public middle and high schools now offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to their students, free of charge and free of parental consent. Students as young as sixth grade have ready access to taxpayer-funded birth control, without ever having to tell mom and dad.
“Thanks to a Washington state Medicaid program called Take Charge and the nonprofit Neighborcare, teens can access confidential counseling on different birth control methods — and LARC insertion — more easily than they can buy a soda,” boasts Salon Magazine.
The statement is not just journalistic flourish, but literal truth. Seattle famously banned soda pop from public school campuses in 2004 for health reasons, yet teen students can get an IUD inserted at their school’s health center without their parents’ knowledge.
What Salon fails to mention in its puff piece is that LARCs are associated with serious side effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs also frequently act as abortifacients by preventing the implantation of a fertilized egg.
A Study found that free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concluded.
The project tracked more than 9,000 women in St. Louis, many of them poor or uninsured. They were given their choice of a range of contraceptive methods at no cost — from birth control pills to goof-proof options like the IUD or a matchstick-sized implant.
Based on this study, teens can now get free birth control at school without parental consent.
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