NYC schools give out morning-after pills to students — without telling parents
Rather than summarize the article I read with this morning's coffee, I decided to copy and paste it directly into this post. And I have decided to refrain from commenting. For now. And for several reasons. First of all, I am not a parent. What's more, I am not the parent of a teenage girl (though I tip my hat to anyone who is/has been/will be, given that I do recall myself at 13 and am often retroactively horrified by so much of my own 13 year-old girl behavior). Second, I have pretty strong feelings about the meanings of "consent," and rather than dump them here and then ask "What do you think?" I decided I wanted to see what other people (parents and non-parents) thought first.
Finally, do non-parents have any role or voice in this conversation at all? Are we all responsible and accountable to our youth, or is this the point at which such issues become a private matter between children and their parents, possibly their doctors, and maybe their schools?
What's the deal? What's really happening? What is birth control actually controlling? And what do you think about it?