Tuesday, November 06, 2007

An Outrageous Decision Calls for Action

I just received this notice from the American Center for Law and Justice, Jay Sekulow's organization, and I want to share it with you. Oh Friends, let us intercede with passion for our land!

"Now, I want to call your attention to another serious issue where your voice can make a real difference because what is happening right now in Portland, Maine, should actually concern you. The Portland School Committee has overwhelmingly voted to begin distributing prescription birth control pills and patches to students in Grades 6 through 8 at King Middle School.

"Add your name immediately to our online Petition to Protect Children. We must send a powerful, united message to the school district in question: Change this troubling policy immediately and hand the responsibility of school-aged children back to their parents. It is beyond disconcerting to think that students - as young as 11 years old - can freely obtain a full range of prescription contraceptives at school ... even without their parents' permission.

"This is an outrage that cannot be ignored! Your parental authority could very well be on the line. What happens at this school could have tremendous repercussions for you and your children and grandchildren. Yet even more troubling ... while the school district's health program is distributing contraceptives to minors, the law in Maine prohibits anyone from engaging in sexual relationships with a person under the age of 14, regardless of the age of the other person involved.

"In fact, a healthcare provider is required to report all known or suspected cases of sexual relations with minors age 13 and under to the Department of Health and Human Services. However, the Portland School Committee has taken matters into their own hands, usurping parental responsibility and state law on this issue ... not to mention sending a mixed - AND DAMAGING - message to their students.

"Add your name to our online PETITION TO PROTECT CHILDREN right now and demand that this disturbing reproductive health services policy be immediately revoked at King Middle School. We are at work on this troubling situation. I commissioned some of our senior lawyers to prepare a legal memorandum to the school concerning the policy. Our Legal Director for Maine, Steve Whiting, will be present at the School Board Committee hearing at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7th. We sent a demand letter to school officials requesting that this damaging policy be changed.

"It is outrageous that young, impressionable students can get immediate access to prescription medicines, including birth control, without parental consent. Let's end this radical move right now before the headline reads: Middle school birth control plan coming to a school near YOU."

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