Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Not so fast for 11, 12, & 13 -year-olds looking for the pill

Maine might not produce the shear amount of newsworthy stories as its' larger neighbors to the south, but that all changed earlier this fall when the Portland School Committee voted to allow nurses at King Middle School to dispense birth control bills to its' students, who range from 11 to 13 years old.
Suffice to say, there was a fair amount of outrage about the decision and the story quickly caught the attention of every major news network around the country. Everyone from Dr. Phil to Pat Robertson jumped into the debate and now it seems the committee members, who were not up for re-election a few weeks back and favored the measure, may now lose their seats.
A group of Portland citizens recently finished a petition drive to force a recall election for the aforementioned committee members. And while the vote still stands, it seems like the dominoes are beginning to fall for those in favor of providing the pill to these youth. Morality issues notwithstanding, it seems that Maine's primary might be more newsworthy for who is not running as opposed to who is. And yes, people will also choose their parties choice for presidential candidate as well.