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Springfield Mass. schools approve policy that could provide condoms for 12-year-olds

By AP Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – The Springfield School Committee has given first-step approval to a policy that would make condoms available to students as young as 12.

The committee voted 5-1 Thursday night in favor of the "Comprehensive Reproductive Health Policy" in an effort to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. The policy also includes a provision for student counseling.
The policy also allows parents "to deny permission (opt out) for access to condoms for their students."

It still needs a second vote of approval before it is final.
Mayor Domenic Sarno, chairman of the School Committee, called it a "smart move."

Peter Murphy cast the lone vote against the policy. The Republican newspaper reports that he was not comfortable with the idea of making condoms available to students so young.

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  1. kevinComment by kevin
    March 16, 2012 @ 2:54 pm

    This is what happens when liberals are on the schoolboards. They need to be replaced by conservatives that will hire conservative teachers and are able to control all of the teachers. If the schoolboard is not able to control the teachers fire them.

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  2. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    March 16, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    Parent’s should “opt out” of this school system. What a bunch of PINHEADS who think that a piece of latex will solve their social and moral problems.

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  3. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    March 16, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

    This is the age where Children should be hearing of the pitfalls of sex, instead of giving them condoms and having to in many cases explain exactly why they are receiving them, and what they are for.

    If Children from the age of seventeen down are thought to need condoms at that tender, innocent age, then they are not being supervised well enough, at home, and at school.
    What in God’s name is happening in our Society, when the likes of this age bracket actually need to carry condoms?. Just think about it, would you want your pre teen of either gender even needing protection?. Doesn’t this sort of give them the green light to begin having sex?. I detest the mere insinuation that protection is actually needed at these ages.

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  4. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    March 16, 2012 @ 6:17 pm

    There is a fool proof method to avoiding sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy…it’s called abstinence.

    I’m thinking back to when I was 12 and first off I wasn’t quite interested in the opposite sex yet and second my parents didn’t allow us kids to be in any situations where we would have been alone long enough with anyone to engage in sexual behavior. Kids are being expected to grow up way too soon these days and many parents seem to think that they don’t have responsibility for keeping kids from getting into bad situations.

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  5. bna42Comment by bna42
    March 16, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    WHY do liberal teachers, school boards, and school administrators think that children as young as 12 should be educated in sexual issues and offered condoms? These people are evil and destroying the future generations of our society.

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  6. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    March 16, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    When I was twelve, I might just as well have asked an adult, any adult for whiskey or heroin as I would have for condoms. There would have been the devil to pay, and as for asking my parents… I’d still be having trouble sitting down! Have these people gone collectively insane?

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  7. EHeasslerComment by EHeassler
    March 17, 2012 @ 10:15 am

    Sooo, whatever happened to teaching the little wanna-be Sandra Fluke sluts to keep their knees together? And the boys, they need to learn that part of being a man is to know how and when to keep your pants zipped up. The concepts of “right” and “wrong”, “moral and “immoral” seem to have been tossed out of the window in the progressive scheme of education. God forbid any concept of sin is to be tolerated. Ooops, I said “God”. Is that still legal?

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  8. rosechComment by rosech
    March 17, 2012 @ 11:04 am

    Well, it has always seemed to me that the people in MASS have always had problems but no brains to a solution. This is another act of stupidity on their part. They had Romney, allowed enforced Romneycare, and now this. Just what did we expect? Instead of parents and schools being moral and teaching morals and ethics, this is the result.

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  9. genesalComment by genesal
    March 17, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    Utah’s new ‘Teach Abstinence Only’ Law was just vetoed by
    gov Herbert who is supposedly a Conservative Republican. Parents who can’t teach their children then let the Government indoctrinate their children deserve the results they end up with.

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