Beware of School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) that may propagandize and sexualize your children and violate parental rights. The U.S. Congress is currently considering H.R. 5899, School-Based Health Centers Reauthorization. Here is what every parent needs to know about SBHCs:
“SBHCs are designed to overcome barriers that inhibit young people from getting needed health care, including lack of confidentiality or fear that confidentiality will not be maintained, transportation problems, fear that parents will be notified by the insurer, inconvenient appointment times, costs, and apprehension about discussing personal health problems.”
In other words, SBHCs may just be one more way for sexual rights and abortion rights advocates to get to children, without having to deal with pesky protective parents.
The legal definition of an “invasive physical exam” is: “Any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts, or any act during such examination that includes incision, injection, insertion into body, but does not include a hearing, vision or scoliosis screening.” An invasive exam can be done without parental consent or knowledge.
“Abortion: 2 states and the District of Columbia explicitly allow all minors to consent to abortion services. 21 states require that at least one parent consent to a minor’s abortion, while 11 states require prior notification of at least one parent. 5 state require both notification of and consent from a parent prior to a minor’s abortion. 6 additional state have parental involvement laws that are temporarily or permanently enjoined. 5 state have no relevant policy or case law.”
“Contraceptive Services: 26 states and the District of Columbia allow all minors (12 and older) to consent to contraceptive services. 20 states allow only certain categories of minors to consent to contraceptive services. 4 states have no relevant policy or case law.”
In sum, SBHCs undermine the family by weakening the ability of parents to direct their children’s physical and mental health care. Since parents have the prior right and authority to decide what health services their children will receive, any laws, policies or SBHCs that undermine this authority should be challenged.
1. Who will be responsible if negative consequences result from care given within the school without a parent’s knowledge or consent? Is the district or school ready to assume the legal risks?
2. Are there any other agencies that partner with the school to provide care to our children at the Center? If so, what entities? For example, does the SBHC center have any association with a Planned Parenthood organization?
3. Will parents be informed if their child seeks to identify as the opposite gender? Will the center be providing puberty blockers or cross-sex hormones or counseling to help gender-confused children try to transition?
4. Will the SBHC be able to refer children for abortions?
The following questions and advice were offered by Parents’ Rights in Education:
5. What injections and/or insertions can the SBHC give my child without my knowledge or consent—on or off school property (in the case of an off-site referral)?
6. How and when will I be informed if my child has accessed mental health services at the SBHC, or if my child has been referred to an off-site agency for mental health care?
7. Specifically, to what agencies which may be off-site can the SBHC refer my child?
Request “accurate and complete responses to these questions in writing, and in a timely manner.”
Parents, who naturally have the best interest of their child in mind, have the right to expect full disclosure of any and all services, content and materials disseminated to their child while at school.
Is there a School-Based Health Center coming to your children’s school?
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