by IndyKids Staff

A Portland, Maine school board has approved a measure that allows middle school students to receive birth control pills from the student health center. Birth control pills are taken by women to prevent pregnancy. Some parents are concerned that they will not know if their child gets birth control pills and feel that middle schoolers are too young to receive such services. Supporters of the measure point to seventeen pregnancies at the three local middle schools in the last four years and believe the new policy fills a need for counseling and birth control services.