October 18, 2007 The New York Times Birth Control Allowed at Maine Middle School By JOEL ELLIOTT PORTLAND, Me., Oct. 17 — The Portland school board on Wednesday approved a measure allowing middle-school students to gain access to prescription birth control medications without notifying parents. The proposal, from the Portland Division of Public Health, calls for the independently operated health care center at King Middle School to provide a variety of services to students, including immunizations and physical checkups in addition to birth-control medications and counseling for sexually transmitted diseases , said Lisa Belanger, an administrator for Portland’s student health centers. All but two members of the 12-person committee voted to approve the plan. The school principal, Mike McCarthy, said about 5 of the school’s 500 students had identified themselves as being sexually active. Health care professionals at the clinic advised the committee that the proposal was
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