California’s Norwalk-LaMirada Unified School District is set to vote on placing a Planned Parenthood clinic on a high school campus in the district.
The vote about operating a Planned Parenthood at John Glenn High School in Norwalk is scheduled to take place on Monday evening.
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According to the proposal, the clinic will not be notifying parents about any students that they provide services to.
“Provider and District acknowledge that under California law minors have the right to consent to reproductive health services without parental consent or notification,” the proposal states. “Provider will encourage Students to involve their families in decision making regarding the Services, as appropriate. Provider will obtain informed consent from Students for the Services in accordance with applicable law, including but not limited to Cal. Family Code Section 6924- 6929 and Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code Section 2397.”
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The proposal also states that the clinic will be able to provide prescription drugs and pharmaceuticals “related to reproductive health, including contraceptives and antibiotics” and insert “non-surgical long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCS), including, without limitation, IUDs.”
If the proposal passes, Planned Parenthood will be able to operate in the school for five years. It will then go to a vote every five years after that.
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“Families and taxpayers should be horrified that the Norwalk-La Mirada USD is considering a partnership with Planned Parenthood,” Nicole Neily, the 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,” she 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 explained that the effort is seeking to remove parental rights of decision-making regarding the health of their children.
“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 continued. “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.”
Fox News reports that “in 2019, the Los Angeles chapter announced it was opening 50 new clinics in area high schools to provide “health care services, education, parent resources and support” to students on campus. The initial three-year contract reportedly cost Los Angeles County taxpayers $10 million.”