Presently in Washington State, minors may obtain or refuse birth control services at any age without the consent of a parent or guardian but they are prohibited from purchasing soda pop in public schools.
Apparently relying on a few studies done by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 13 public schools in Seattle are now offering long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) — IUDs and hormonal implants — to students as young as 11 years old.
While publications such as Salon applaud the move (See: “Seattle high school provides free IUD insertion on campus: “It’s not a hush-hush thing anymore””), it seems that the proponents of this policy tend to overlook that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considered and studied the use of IUD’s in adolescents aged 15-19; not children as young as 11.
A few questions to ponder:
- If the age of consent in Washington State is 16, why are public schools offering IUD’s and hormonal implants to children as young as 11?
- Could the the State be seen as emboldening minors to engage in sexual intercourse? If so, could this affect future statutory rape cases?
- If Washington State Compulsory Education Law requires children between ages 8 and 18 to attend a public school, does it follow that parents of children in public schools forfeit their right to raise their children according to their own moral standards simply because they lack the time to home school them or the money to send them to private school?