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Mom Says Girl Got Birth Control Implant On School Trip

| by Michael Allen

Miracle Foster is upset her 16-year-old daughter was given a birth control implant in her arm during a school-arranged trip in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The teen first went to a sex education lecture by Youth Services of Tulsa that was presented at Langston Hughes Academy, notes KOKI.

The teen and some other girls reportedly wanted to learn more, so Langston Hughes had Youth Services of Tulsa take the students to a health clinic.

According to Foster, her daughter got a three-year levonorgestrel implant embedded in her arm without her mother's consent.

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"My child went on a field trip, and she came back with this in her arm," Foster told KOKI. "Now this is in her arm for three years. Had I known that this field trip was for her to get that done, I would not have allowed her to."

Langston Hughes Principal Rodney L. Clark said that he phoned Foster to get permission for the trip to the clinic.

Clark released a statement on April 5:

This was not a field trip. Youth Services of Tulsa does an annual in-service on Sex Education. They offer students an opportunity to contact them on their own for more information. The parent gave her child permission to leave the school.

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Under Title X once young people are at the clinic and are of reproductive age, they can make decisions on their own without parental consent. As you can understand this situation involves a minor and we do not release information about students.

Nevertheless, the student was well within their rights of Title X which is a federal guideline that provides reduced cost family planning services to persons of all reproductive age.

Reps for Youth Services of Tulsa said they simply inform teens and give them transportation to clinics where physicians treat the young people.

"I just feel like my rights as a parent were violated," Foster said.

Valerie Huber, who heads the abstinence only advocacy organization Ascend, told The Christian Post that "schools are complicit with a teen-sex-promotion agenda that sends the message that pregnancy prevention is the only concern with teen sex."

Huber added that teens should be given tools to avoid sexual activity:

Consistent with an optimal public health massage, school sex education information and skills should give teens the tools to wait for sex. The social science research is compelling that a teen can avoid pregnancy and still be at risk for negative life outcomes, if they engage in teen sex. From what we know of this situation, risk-free decision-makings is not a meaningful part of what is offered to students, This is troubling indeed.

Sources: KOKI, The Christian Post / Photo credit: Story of Us/Blogspot

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