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Free condoms for Springfield (MA) students 12 and over gets initial approval by School Committee
The Republican ^

Posted on 03/16/2012 4:20:15 PM PDT by matt04

The School Committee on Thursday gave first-step approval to a policy that would provide students, ages 12 and older, with access to free condoms, aimed at helping to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy.

The committee voted 5-1 in favor of the “Comprehensive Reproductive Health Policy.” The policy, which also includes a provision for counseling for the students, still needs a second vote of approval before it is final.

Under the draft policy, parents “will be notified of condom availability in the schools and will have the opportunity to deny permission (opt out) for access to condoms for their student(s).”

“This is the right move and the smart move to make,” said Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, chairman of the School Committee.

Holyoke adopted a similar condom-access policy for students in the middle schools and high schools in 2004, officials said.

Sarno and other committee members said that teens who engage in unprotected sex can harm their own health and can become young parents, more prone to drop out of school, to be less successful, and to be more likely to raise children in poverty. The condoms would be provided by the state Department of Public Health.

Committee member Peter Murphy cast the sole vote against the policy, saying he was not comfortable with the idea of providing condoms to students who are as young as 12 years old when it is not legal for them to engage in sex.

The condoms would be available from school nurses and through the high school-based clinics, officials said. Upon receipt, students will receive counseling including information about abstinence and instruction on proper storage and use of contraceptives, according to the draft policy.

(Excerpt) Read more at masslive.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: condoms; springfield

1 posted on 03/16/2012 4:20:22 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

God help us all.


2 posted on 03/16/2012 4:21:59 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: matt04

3 posted on 03/16/2012 4:24:46 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: matt04
High school kids 12 and older, FREE!

Georgetown "law students", $1000.00 per year.

I don't get it!

4 posted on 03/16/2012 4:25:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The first lesson you learn as a pollster is that people are stupid. - Dem pollster, Tom Jensen)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

The old ugly gal starts breaking in those 12 year old’s her problem is fixed. They will not care that she is an old liberal attorney and they will line up, LOL


5 posted on 03/16/2012 4:29:38 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: matt04

Free? Nothings free, us real tax payers pay for all this free crap!


6 posted on 03/16/2012 4:30:12 PM PDT by Jahoohio
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Of course by the time these kids get to high school, they are mothers of two and they are 19 years old.


7 posted on 03/16/2012 4:31:15 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: matt04

Anything to keep the electorate stupid and democrat.


8 posted on 03/16/2012 4:34:23 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: matt04

At age 12 (1956) I would not know what a condom was.
By 14, I had heard of “rubbers” but had not seen one.

Western Civilization is in the toilet.


9 posted on 03/16/2012 4:35:15 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: matt04

Those 5 people should be made to register as sex offenders


10 posted on 03/16/2012 4:59:30 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Vermont Lt

Six years ago the public high schools were already 50% Hispanic. Invite another people, and then be surprised when they have different customs and mores.


11 posted on 03/16/2012 5:04:54 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: Hotlanta Mike

5 bucks? No way! The photo of him on the package is enough to ruin the moment anyways. Maybe that is the point?


12 posted on 03/16/2012 5:06:02 PM PDT by cableguymn (Good thing I am a conservative. Otherwise I would have to support Mittens like Republicans do.)
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To: Mears
This is Massachusetts. The place is swarming with uncontrollable Leftwingtards.

There's a theory that you can toss condoms at such a mass and make it shrink.

I doubt it ~ RomneyKKKare keeps attracting more of them to the state and eventually it's going to just flip over upside down and that'll be that.

13 posted on 03/16/2012 5:23:45 PM PDT by muawiyah
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“This is Massachusetts. The place is swarming with uncontrollable Leftwingtards. ‘

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I’ve been a MA resident my entire long life.

I don’t recognize it anymore.

The old-time MA Democrats would be horrified at this.


14 posted on 03/16/2012 5:31:55 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: matt04

I imagine the typical 12 y/o girl is not going to be interested in this "service". I am curious though: if liberals want to "provide students, ages 12 and older, with access to free condoms, aimed at helping to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy" exactly how high are those rates that they require an action that implicitly condones sex in grades 5-7?

15 posted on 03/16/2012 5:54:59 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: muawiyah; wagglebee

It’s not about pregnancies and disease. It’s about forever settling the question of IF teens should be having sex and shifts the discussion to WHEN.

The sex positive agenda seeks to see everyone sexually active at every age with no moral judgments of any kind.


16 posted on 03/16/2012 6:04:57 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Pollster1

I went to school in the Springfield public school system. Back in the day they could have given out truckloads of condoms and it wouldn’t have mattered. Not many of us were gettin’ any.

The times they are a changing.


17 posted on 03/16/2012 6:06:21 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just don't like anything about the President. And I don't think he's a nice guy.)
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To: matt04

I say we beat em at their own game
Democrats propose free condoms for all insured
Republicans need to come out for free sex for the uninsured


18 posted on 03/16/2012 6:09:48 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: woofie
Republicans need to come out for free sex for the uninsured

If we can get Sandra Fluke on our side, we'll have the national problem solved.

19 posted on 03/16/2012 6:13:25 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1

I wonder if Monica Lewinski would switch parties


20 posted on 03/16/2012 6:16:50 PM PDT by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: matt04
It won't take them long to figure out that they make good water bombs...and since they're free...why not?

Bombs away!

21 posted on 03/16/2012 6:20:08 PM PDT by Savage Beast ("When even casual sex requires a state welfare program, you're pretty much done for." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: matt04

This is sad. Our culture is in the toilet.


22 posted on 03/16/2012 7:43:31 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: cableguymn

And that from the guy who says that drilling is not the solution!


23 posted on 03/16/2012 8:25:42 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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