STEVEN ERTELT, REBECCA DOWNS JUL 2, 2015 | SEATTLE, WA
Earlier this month, LifeNews.com reported on a high school in Seattle,
Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other
forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission.
The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as
So, a young teen in Seattle can’t
coke at her high school, but she can have a device implanted into her
uterus, which can unknowingly kill her unborn child immediately after
conception. Or, if she uses another method, she can increase her chances of health
risks for herself, especially if using a new
The high school, Chief Sealth International, a public school, began offering the
devices in 2010, made possible by a Medicaid program known as Take Charge and a
non-profit, Neighborcare. Students can receive the device or other method free
of cost and without their parent’s insurance. And while it’s lauded that the
contraception is confidential, how can it be beneficial for a parent-child
relationship when the parents don’t even know the devices or medication their
daughter is using?
As it turns out, Chief Sealth isn’t the only school in Seattle doing this. As
CNS News reports, more schools are fitting young girls — as young as 6th grade —
with the devices and doing so without their parents knowing.
Middle and high school students can’t get a Coca-Cola or a candy bar at 13
Seattle public schools, but they can get a taxpayer-funded intrauterine
device (IUD) implanted without their parents’ consent.
School-based health clinics in at least 13 Seattle-area public high schools
and middle schools offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs),
including IUDs and hormonal implants, to students in sixth-grade and above
at no cost, according to Washington State officials.
LARCs are associated with serious side
effects, such as uterine perforation and infection. IUDs, specifically,
can also act as abortifacients by preventing the implantation of a
The state and federally funded contraceptive services are made possible by Take
Charge, a Washington State Medicaid program which provides free birth
control to adults who are uninsured, lack contraceptive coverage, have an
income at or below 260 percent of the Federal Poverty Level — or, in this
case, to teens who don’t want their parents to know they’re on birth
In an email exchange with the Washington
State Health Care Authority and CNSNews.com, a Take
Charge spokesperson acknowledged that underage students are eligible for a
“full array of covered family planning services” at school-based clinics if
their parents meet the program’s requirements.
Take Charge added that “a student who does not want their parents to know
they are seeking reproductive health services is allowed to apply for Take
Charge using their own income, and if they are insured under their parents’
plan, the insurance would not be billed.”
When asked if a sixth grader could get an IUD implanted without parental
consent, Take Charge told CNSNews.com: “We encourage all Take
Charge providers to offer long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) in
their clinics. 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
Parents, if you have children in these schools, you need to investigate and
complain immediately. And all parents ought to take a look at the health
policies of their young daughters’ schools to find out if a similar program is
in place where you live.