Monday, September 7, 2009

In case you didn't know

Just so you know what we are dealing with here is an excerpt from the Dallas Morning News today.

AUSTIN – Texas, a leader in teen pregnancy and the state where more teens give birth to subsequent children than in any other, maintains one of the most restrictive policies in the nation for minors to obtain prescription birth control.
Not even young parents in Texas can get birth control without their own parents' permission at nearly a third of the family planning clinics on contract with the state health department.
While most privately and publicly funded clinics in North Texas prescribe contraceptives without insisting that parents be notified, all 10 school-based clinics run by Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas must have a parent's signed consent. One in Carrollton-Farmers Branch, at the school district's insistence, can't prescribe any birth control.

The article goes on to say that one city in Texas, which is not Houston or San Antonio, has the highest rate in the nation of teens having their second and third child while still teenagers. Old enough to have a child but not old enough to legally obtain birth control. Texas wisdom at it's finest.
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