School employees help girl procure abortion sans parental involvement: Reason #10,005 to homeschool

A dear friend and recent (and happy!) convert to homeschooling sent me this: School-assisted abortion a shocking lesson.

Parents signed consent forms for off-school treatment thinking it was limited to emergency health care when the parents could not be reached.  But the teen health clinics at 14 Seattle schools are about much more. They have a full-time registered nurse, counselor and nursing assistant on hand to help kids with more sensitive issues.

When the 15-year old girl’s pregnancy was confirmed, they counseled her on the options. The mother says they encouraged her to have an abortion and not tell her parents. She claims her daughter was told that if she informed her parents they would have to pay for the abortion, otherwise it’s free.

The teen clinics are administered by the King County Health Department. Officials say school clinic workers are supposed to encourage girls to include their parents in the decision. They will not comment on the specifics of the case.

As for the fact the girl was called a taxi and transported by herself to a clinic to have her abortion then driven back to finish her school day, officials say that’s not unusual. They would not say how many girls have been helped to have an abortion.

Washington State is one of thirteen states that does not have either a parental consent or parental notification law. Girls of any age can obtain an abortion without having to tell a parent.

Not unusual, eh, to call a student a cab to take her to the friendly county health clinic for a free abortion?  

In addition to the abortion services, the school also helped students procure mental health and drug addiction treatment.

Maybe it’s just me, and maybe I have the luxury of parenting a toddler, but shouldn’t parents be a part of decision-making as far as mental health and drug addiction treatment goes?  Or hellsbells, ya’ll, an abortion?!

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As Pundette would say, Oremus.

As my homeschooling mama friend said,

15 year old Seattle girl counseled to get an abortion, taken to get one while at school and finished school day out with no parental involvement. Yikes. BUT if she’s got a headache or broken bone, they can’t treat THAT without parental consent. WTH?

WTH, indeed.

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One Response

  1. I’m sorry but I think this school is guilty of child abuse. This poor child must have been scared out of her mind. She turned to a councilor she trusted and was betrayed.

    I would be devastated if I found out that my child had gone through something so horrible without my love and support.

    It is obvious the school didn’t inform the child that she had alternatives. On top of everything else, they put her in a taxi and sent her to an abortion clinic alone. How cold would you have to be to do that to a fifteen year old?

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