Should Schools Provide Birth Control?

Tell us what you think about schools distributing birth control to students in this week's Moms Talk.

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk question relates to schools distributing birth control.

Here’s what we want to know:

Should middle school and high school nurses be allowed to distribute birth control to students?

A WebMD report says condoms in schools don't increase teen sex. A teen wellness clinic at a school in Virginia provides easy access to contraceptives that a USA columnist thinks has helped reduce the teen pregnancy rate there.


Post your comments below and tell us what you think.

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

bill frome June 06, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Carl W You were once young right so you went to school right which means there were plenty of people paying taxes for you to go to school and some of them had no kids. Unless you own a house you pay very little taxes to fund school. 80% of funding for school comes from the property tax.
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. June 06, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Unequivocal NO!..Let them provide their own contraceptions...A line is drawn...Adults do the talking, children do the walking (and accountability), and have those involved suffer the consequences.
tamarya June 06, 2012 at 01:44 PM
One thing I will admit, if a child is afraid to talk to their parents about the fact they are having sex, the parents did their job. Because no parent in their right mind should be teaching kids to go out and have sex in middle school especially. And if kids are afraid to talk to their parents about the fact they are having sex, they know they are doing wrong, I knew I was, howver some kids do not have parents that will be up front with them, and just ignore the fact of what their child is doing.
Jennifer Elston June 07, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Many times school is the only place a child can turn to when in need. I think the schools should keep condoms handy for kids who need them. I definitely don't think schools should distribute any other form of contraception.
Mrs. W. July 24, 2012 at 01:58 PM
I have to say that I have read some very good points in both directions for this argument. I agree that it is the parents RESPONSIBILITY to talk to their child about birth control, but what about those parents that don't, don't care, or were teenage parents themselves. I also agree that having access to birth control in schools should come at the expense of taxpayers but what about the expense we are already paying for the number of teenagers giving birth who do not have insurance. That is estimated at $9 billion a year. I also agree that if teenagers want to have sex they should be responsible for getting it themselves but what if they do not have the money? This isn't going to keep them from having sex. I agree that sex should occur in a committed relationship, but this is not how teens think. Sex is a casual thing. I also agree that for some kids schools are their safe haven. It is where they feel comfortable and have people that they know care about them. For those who feel that schools should just focus on just educating, let me tell you that is impossible. The number of students that come to school from a two parent family with steady income and are involved in their child's life is shrinking. The number of students that are on free or reduced plans, come from single parent homes, see illegal activity daily, do not have meals at home, have parents in jail or have legal records of their own are growing. How can schools just educate when problems are bigger.


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