Reintroduces Bill to prohibit school clinics from distributing ‘morning-after’ pill
Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) today reintroduced the Schoolchildren’s Health Protection Act. The bill would prohibit schools that receive federal funds from distributing so-called emergency contraception pills such as the “morning-after” pill to children.
“Schools should not be giving these powerful drugs to our children. In addition to the emotional and behavioral risks associated with these drugs, these drugs can do serious physical harm. The manufacturer of one of these drugs warns of the increased possibility of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. Parents must be involved in important choices like this for their children, and school-based health clinics exclude parents from the decision.
“This is outrageous and must stop. We owe it to our young people to protect them from exposure to these dangerous drugs.” –– Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
Currently, any school-based health clinic receiving federal funds under Medicaid, SCHIP, or Title X is authorized to distribute any contraception, including the “morning-after” pill.
The bill would prohibit federal funding of any school that distributes or provides emergency contraception (such as the “morning-after” pill) or a prescription for such contraception on the premises or in the facilities of an elementary or secondary school.
The morning-after pill is a high dosage of progesteron, estrogen, or both of these artificial steroids together, recommended to be used after sexual intercourse, over a period of 72 hours, to achieve the goal of preventing or ending pregnancy.
Note: Congressman Lamborn has introduced nearly identical legislation in the 110th, 111th, and 112th Congresses.