California school district agrees to consider putting Planned Parenthood clinic on high school campus

A southern California school board agreed to consider and vote on the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic at a Los Angeles area high school campus.

The seven-member school board of Norwalk-LaMirada Unified School District had planned to take a vote on Monday but has since decided to postpone consideration of the proposal, the Washington Examiner reported.

If the clinic is ultimately approved, staff will be able to write prescriptions and dispense pharmaceuticals and long-term contraceptives like IUD’s, though (they say for now) the clinic would not provide abortions or gender-confirming hormone therapy. Instead, staff would refer patients to alternate Planned Parenthood locations “for additional medical or other health care services where indicated,” adding, “Provider may make referrals to other health centers operated by Provider for services not offered at the Schools.”

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is listed as the “Provider” in the proposal, which would secure a five-year contract if approved, at which time the contract would be up for another vote.

While the proposal states the clinic “will encourage students to involve their families in decision making” it will still provide services to minors without parental consent or notification, thanks to California law.

In 2019, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles launched an initiative to establish 50 “well-being centers” at local high schools in order to “create a safe space in each school where students can receive the education and health services they need to lead healthy lives,” the Examiner reported.

“Clinicians from PPLA will provide a range of sexual health services one day a week, including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), emergency contraception and birth control counseling and provision, well-person exams, pregnancy testing, and pregnancy options counseling,” a press release stated.

“Families and taxpayers should be horrified that the Norwalk-La Mirada USD is considering a partnership with Planned Parenthood,” Nicole Neily, president and founder of Parents Defending Education, told Fox News Digital in a statement.

“The fact that the contract specifically notes that ‘under California law minors have the right to consent to reproductive health services without parental consent or notification’ is appalling in and of itself – as is the list of services that will be offered to children, from STD treatment to IUDs to ‘referrals to other health centers operated by Provider for services not offered at the Schools.’”

“Other Planned Parenthood clinics do provide gender-affirming hormone therapy, so there is a very real possibility students will be referred off-campus to receive this treatment – again, with zero parental notification,” Neily continued. “To add insult to injury, there is no way for parents to EVER obtain this information, as the contract asserts that all medical records are to be maintained by Planned Parenthood (‘neither District staff nor a Student’s parents or guardians may access the Student’s medical records maintained by Provider without the written approval of the Student.’)”

Neily added, “For over 100 years, federal courts have consistently found that parents – and not schools – maintain primary decision-making authority over their children, particularly when it comes to medical care,” she added. “The Norwalk-La Mirada school board should be ashamed that this contract is even up for consideration – and be mindful of their significant legal exposure should it be ratified.”

The issue has been tabled at least for now, likely owing to the controversy the proposal has already raised.

“The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Board of Education will postpone discussion of Board Agenda Item #12a regarding the Planned Parenthood clinic at John Glenn High School. As a result, action will not be taken this evening during the regularly scheduled Board Meeting. The Board of Education and Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District has no further comment at this time,” the district said in a press release before Monday’s board meeting began.

It would seem the school board of Norwalk-LaMirada Unified School District pays attention to the internet as well, and that may have had a hand in their decision to temporarily bury the issue.


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