Thursday, March 25, 2010

Letters of Intent - Who pays?

Julie from Foursons hosts this great weekly chance to speak your mind and (often) get results.

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I’ll be honest.

I had a cutesy post lined up.

You know… something along the lines of addressing my kid’s nap strike and how I keep injuring myself in imbecilic ways.

But then I read the article (below).

And it chilled me to the core.

So this is my letter… I’m posting the text of the news article and asking you to read it.

ABCNews.com’s article has more details.  Here is the Komonews.com version:

SEATTLE -- The mother of a Ballard High School student is fuming after the health center on campus helped facilitate her daughter's abortion during school hours.

The mother, whom KOMO News has chosen to identify only as "Jill," says the clinic kept the information "confidential."

When she signed a consent form, Jill figured it meant her 15 year old could go to the Ballard Teen Health Center located inside the high school for an earache, a sports physical, even birth control, but not for help terminating a pregnancy.

"She took a pregnancy test at school at the teen health center," she said. "Nowhere in this paperwork does it mention abortion or facilitating abortion."

Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing.

"We had no idea this was being facilitated on campus," said Jill. "They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility."

The Seattle School District says it doesn't run the health clinics at high schools. Swedish Medical Center runs the clinic at Ballard High and protects the students' privacy.

T.J. Cosgrove of the King County Health Department, which administers the school-based programs for the health department, says it's always best if parents are involved in their children's health care, but don't always have a say.

"At any age in the state of Washington, an individual can consent to a termination of pregnancy," he said.
But Jill says she not only didn't have a say in her daughter's abortion, but also didn't know about it.

"Makes me feel like my rights were completely stripped away."

 

I don’t want to talk politics.

I am just unbelievably frightened at the fact that this happened – that a school allowed and encouraged it.

What on earth would they have done if this teenager began hemorrhaging?

This isn’t politics at all, this is parenting.

Parents have a legal responsibility for anything their minor children do… how an they be held to it if a public school is allowed to make health decisions for a child?  Decisions that are life-threatening and life-changing.

This school is local to me.  I played against their girls’ basketball teams.  This scares me to no end.

 

Who paid?  Well, at least one precious life did.

 

Signed,

Grieved and Scared

 

p.s.  I am confused… at my high school, you had to have a note from your parent if you showed up late.  And they’d call your parents if you didn’t show up at all.  Am I missing something?

25 comments:

Shana said...

No Rachel, you aren't missing anything. Schools and the world in general are missing God. That is the ultimate destruction of this country. It will be our downfall. This absolutely kills me and I can't understand how someone can take a precious baby's life. How could they let a teenager do this. She has no concept of how this will affect her now or down the road. This will scar her for life. Not to mention the pain her mother must be in to feel like she has no control in what happens to her daughter. This is exactly why I will be homeschooling. There is too much demoralization in public schools these days. I just plain don't trust them.

Shana said...

By the way, thank you so much for your beautiful sweet comment about Blaze. It is hard hearing he has asthma but I am so appreciative that he can be treated and it can be controlled. I am holding out hope that he will outgrow it but if he doesn't then we will be ok too. he is still really sick and I am worried his cold or allergies or whatever it is has turned to pneumonia. Please pray for him to get better. I will be taking him back to the doc in the morning.

JenniferNe said...

My heart is breaking for this family! I am in total shock! Wrong, Wrong, Wrong! Unbelievable!
What is happening in this world?

Lauren said...

There are no words. I am appalled and disgusted and sad. I am most definitely pro-life, but as you said this isn't political. It's about a parent's rights and the well being of a child. Because that teenager is a child!! Even pro-choicers should be outraged!

Kmama said...

I just heard about this yesterday and it sickened me. I just don't understand how ANYONE could think that this is okay. What is this world coming to???

Rachel said...

Shana - yes! My heart broke for the mother. I cannot imagine how it feels to learn that information and realize she was powerless to do anything. It's a scary day when a school has more say over a medical procedure for a minor than a parent does.

Jennifer - I'm with you! I was shocked and this is heartbreaking in every sense.

Lauren - you are so right! I think pro-choicers should have a problem with this... I just can't wrap my mind around what could have happened to this girl and her mother would have had no clue.

bluedotmom said...

This is horrible...I feel so much for the mother. It is surreal to me to think that signing a consent to use a school clinic would also be a consent to have an abortion. There are so many levels that this is wrong. We are going to hell in a handbasket!

passionofthemom said...

I read this 20 minutes ago, and am still trying to pick my jaw up off the floor! I want to vomit. I can NOT believe that this was allowed to happen...you could knock me over with a feather right now. One thing is for sure...I will NEVER be signing another release of ANY kind for the kids' schools EVER again!! If this is the kind of liberty they feel free to take, then they can take their consent form and shove it where the sun don't shine....right in there where their heads are! WTH is WRONG with these people!??!?

Buckeroomama said...

This is SO wrong. So wrong on so many levels. I can't believe that they encouraged the child to conceal it from her family... and simply sent her off during school hours to get an abortion! And that's just for starters!

{Kimber} said...

I heard this yesterday as well and it is SUPER scary!!

Michelle Pixie said...

It sounds like the state law is that the school didn’t really need to interfere that she still could have done it without them giving her a “ride” to the clinic? It is because of situations like this that is making me lean more and more everyday to homeschool. It just goes to show how important it is to keep talking to your teens and to not be so naive to think they aren’t doing it because I’d rather give them the tools to prevent these sorts of situations then to think that my child would never be the one to do that and then find yourself with everyone’s life turned inside out.

Allenspark Lodge said...

Here in the state of Colorado, a "tattoo parlor" would lose its license if it tattooed a minor without a consent form signed by the parent. Can you imagine a plastic surgeon giving a "nose job" to a minor without parental consent? Seems to me that no matter you feelings on abortion, an invasive procedure of any sort sure better involve a parents signed and witnessed consent. I can only hope the ensuing lawsuits re-establish parental rights.
Bill

Foursons said...

When you told me about this the other day I showed Chris the article. The ranting that ensued was vicious. With every reason too. This is absolutely inexcusable and I am anxious to learn of the reprecussions of their actions. If the consequences doesn't go national please keep us updated.

Foursons said...

Oh, and thanks for linking up!

Chelsea Gour said...

Please visit parentalrights.org for more information on the rights that are being stripped from parents and what you can do to help stop it before it's too late!

Michelle said...

First - this really pisses me off (am I allowed to say that?)

Second - I'm really confused. They said they performed the abortion 'on campus' but then said they put her in a taxi to go to a facility to have it done.

And the school actually said "that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility"
The school actually WANTED the girl to keep this from her family. It sounds like the school was trying to cover up the pregnancy of one of their students and trying to cover up the cover up by not letting the family know about any of it.

Sorry, this just hit a nerve and I hope it hits a nerve with a lot of people. Thanks for sharing.

Emily said...

Heinous. Seriously. There are no words.

Big Mama Cass said...

*gasp*

I don't even know what to say! I am still digesting this.

It's wrong on so many levels but I can't even explain my anger and frustration right now after reading that.

I just... ARRRGGGGHHH!

Stacy, with no E said...

reply to Mr Daddy re: chubby busting. I can't BELIEVE I didn't pick up on that when I named it. Crap, I may have to change the name. Now when I even see it, my mind will not be on losing weight ... (sigh) I wonder how many weirdos I'll disappoint who find me googling something totally different ....

Thanks for stopping by.

julie said...

How in the world???? Seriously, regardless of politics, how can a 16-year-old have SURGERY without her parents being notified???????????????? That. is. INSANE!

Our world scares me more and more every day! I used to really hate the bubble that I grew up in, but now I'm trying harder and harder to figure out how to build one around my sons! I feel like there are snipers all over the place aiming at their innocence... and they're only 5 and 2!

Margaret said...

That is disgusting. Who really does that without asking the parents or at least inform the parents as to what is going on. I am sad with what this country is coming to.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Oh WOW this is just beyond ridiculous!! You hit the nail on the head with your last statement in the post, so true! Oh goodness I just am shocked! This poor mother! And definitely what is this world coming to?....

HeatherOz said...

That is unvelievable and EXTREMELY scary!! I hadn't heard this story and now I am totally freaked out and just wanting to keep ALL of my babies home with me ALL THE TIME. This world is just to crazy!

wife.mom.nurse said...

I had read that and I was BLOWN away!!!!!!!

SCREAM!!!!!!

What is this world coming to? CRAZY!@

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