27 October 2013
Century High School located in Hillsboro, Oregon recently celebrated the opening of its new School-Based Health Center (SBHC). Should parents and guardians be celebrating? Though the Hillsboro School District has made a decision not to offer contraception on site at this time, the certified SBHC is REQUIRED BY LAW to refer students of any age to community resources where they can access reproductive services (ie: contraception, abortion). While taking a self-guided tour at Century's SBHC we found the following messages/resources available to students. Your birth control choices:
Copper IUD (ParaGard), Progestin IUD (Mirena, Skyla), The Implant (Nexplanon), The Shot (Depo-Provera), The Pill, Progestin-Only Pills, The Patch (Ortho Evra), The Ring (Nuvaring), Male Condom, Female Condom, Spermicide, Diaphragm, Emergency Contraception (Plan B One-Step, Next Choice, Ella, etc.)Material from Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) whose mission is to:
*To ensure that women and teens can readily obtain birth control and abortion from their own primary care clinician as a part of their routine medical care. *Expand access to reproductive care and work to reverse the abortion-provider shortagePregnant? Know Your Options - All options pregnancy counseling services (Boys & Girls Aid). Our services to you are always free of charge and completely confidential. Obtain support in making a parenting plan, an adoption plan or an abortion plan and determine why it may be a good choice for you. Boys & Girls Aid beliefs include:
*Right to neutral, unbiased counseling when making decisions about their pregnancy. *All pregnant women, regardless of age, have the right and the responsibility to make their own decisions. *All pregnant women should live in an environment that is safe, healthy, and nurturing.The Washington County Teen Clinic states that their answers are private, safe, and practical.
They offer assistance to minors asking questions such as: “Is it right for me? Should I listen to them? Who can I trust? What will happen? Should I try it? How can I decide? Where am I going? Who do I call? How will I get there"?