Seattle public high schools and middle schools are now providing an invasive form of birth control to girls, starting at age 11.

Thirteen schools are participating in the state-administered program, which allows sixth-graders access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) without parental consent.

Girls can have an intrauterine device (IUD) implanted while they're at school at no cost. 

A spokeswoman for Washington's "Take Charge" program said, "...a young person does not need parental consent to obtain a LARC or any other contraceptive method. ... If the young person is not choosing abstinence, she would be able to select a LARC and have it inserted without parental consent."

Critics point out that public school students in Seattle are not allowed to buy a soda or a candy bar at school, but are now allowed access to contraceptives.

The "Outnumbered" panel went over this story this afternoon. Kennedy, mother of a 10-year-old girl and a former resident of Seattle," said she's "freaked out" by this story. 

She said this is not the same as a school passing out condoms, since there are questions about health risks associated with some of these LARCs. 

Kennedy argued that a child as young as 11 does not understand those risks and may not yet be educated on sexually-transmitted diseases. 

Andrea Tantaros noted that stories like this seem to be part of a pattern in which public schools want more and more control. 

She said policies like this come from progressives who believe that "they know better" than parents.

"This is not the business of the school. If I were a parent, I'd be furious and I see tons of lawsuits on the horizon," she said.

Watch the discussion above. 


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