After reading several articles about the issue involving
Apart from concerned
As a young woman who attended public school, I’m completely shocked and appalled by this blatant invasion of privacy. In reality, the vast majority of teen girls facing an unintended pregnancy turn to their parents. But, unfortunately, there are several reasons why a young girl may not go directly to her parents, including fear for her personal safety. Throughout our young lives, we are repeatedly told that if we feel unable to talk with our own parents, teachers, counselors, and sport coaches should be seen as a trusted alternative. Carrying out the Pregnancy Notification Policy will be detrimental to young woman who now feel they can no longer seek support at school. Knowing that her privacy will, without a doubt be invaded, this policy is likely to discourage her from seeking the counsel of an otherwise trusted staff member. As young women are already less likely to receive prenatal care, more likely to have a second trimester abortion, and more likely to deliver premature and underweight babies, this added deterrent may be very dangerous for teenagers in
Confiding in healthcare workers and teachers in public schools was a reliable and frequently used source for many young females who had questions about pregnancy, sex, and contraceptives. Unfortunately, many young women may turn to crisis pregnancy centers, which at first glance, may appear to provide them with the guidance and support schools no longer will. Many students with fear of
Regardless of their intentions, the Howard County School Board is putting students at risk for receiving inaccurate information about safe sex and abortion from sources like crisis pregnancy centers. Since MD Dept of Education has no clear mandate on parental notification—
Since many students use the school system as a safe haven—the pregnancy notification policy will outwardly discourage students to not come forward if they need guidance. This practice can lead to students obtaining misinformation from other unreliable sources such as crisis pregnancy centers.
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