Daniel Lang – April 5, 2017
Miracle Foster, a mother from Tulsa, Oklahoma, had no idea what her daughter was in for when she took part in a sex-education presentation at her school. After the presentation the 16-year-old girl wanted more information, so the school decided to send her and several other girls to a local clinic. The school’s principal informed the mom, and she gave them permission, thinking that her daughter was going on an innocent field trip.
The daughter, who hasn’t been named, came home with a 3 year Norplant birth control implant in her arm. The mom now feels that her parental rights were violated. She told KOKI news that “I just did not expect this. And like I said, that was not a choice. My child went on a field trip, and she came back with this in her arm.”
Unfortunately there isn’t anything she can do about it, legally speaking. According to federal guidelines, kids as young as 12 can get birth control without parental consent. As long as they are of reproductive age and are on the premise of a clinic, parents have no say in the matter.
The sex education presentation was run by Youth Services of Tulsa, who provide these classes on an annual basis. They admitted that this isn’t the first time that this has happened, and they’ve received complaints before from parents who aren’t aware of the law.