Funds for Schools that Give Birth Control to 11-Year-Olds?

By Nathan Burchfiel | July 7, 2008 | 8:32 PM EDT

( - A middle school in Portland, Maine, has decided to provide birth control pills and patches to its students, ages 11 to 13, and under the policy, parents may never know if their children get the birth control. Cybercast News Service hit Capitol Hill on Thursday to ask members of Congress whether the federal government should fund public school districts that provide such contraception to kids without parental notification.

Cybercast News Service
interviewed Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Larry Craig (R-Idaho), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), John Sununu (R-N.H.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), as well as Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.).

Should the federal government fund school districts that distribute birth control pills to 11-year-olds without parental notification?

Sen. Tom Coburn: (R-Okla.): "I think all of that should be decided in the states." (Listen to audio)

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.): "I'll need to take a look at that one. I'm not aware of that circumstance. I think I'll worry about Maryland right now." (Listen to audio)

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.): "I haven't studied this very much ... generally probably no." (Listen to audio)

Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.): "We certainly shouldn't support that kind of program at the federal level." (Listen to audio)

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich): "I hate to comment on other states, but the issue, I think it's inappropriate. I think that it steps in the way of parental responsibility and I think it also gives up - gives up in the sense that we've lost the battle for kids, following a plan that won't affect their lives in a negative way. And when you say you're going to be this way, so we're going to give you birth control and condoms and we're not going to talk about abstinence, it just doesn't work, we've given up. I think the freedom-minded, common sense-minded citizens of Maine, should rise up against it." (Listen to audio)

Craig, Reid and Durbin did not respond to requests for comment.

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