A public school in Washington State is offering taxpayer-funded intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs) to female students as young as 11 – without seeking permission from their parents.
Chief Sealth High School, in Seattle, has sparked public outrage after implementing a state-wide health policy, which allows middle and high schools to administer birth control to girls in the sixth grade and up without informing their guardians.
The high school is in fact one of 13 public schools in the area who have implemented the same controversial policy in an attempt to encourage young girls to be more proactive about contraception.
At least 12 others are following the state law, which states that minors of any age studying at middle and high school can obtain birth control services without a parent’s consent.
Additionally, the schools are offering girls the chance to get free a free IUD, a form of long-lasting birth control which is inserted into the uterus, and other long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARC’s) at clinics located elsewhere, if the school itself is unable to offer the service.