May 16, 1993 |
* Michael Godfrey Coordinator of School-Based Health Clinic Programs for the L.A. Unified District Norplant should be made available for students who have decided not to be abstinent as another contraceptive option. The district's school-based health clinics provide comprehensive health services to students who present a verified parent-consent form. Of the reproductive health services offered, Norplant is one contraceptive option available at San Fernando High School.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1993
The Los Angeles Board of Education voted unanimously in 1987 to accept the grant that allowed it to open health clinics in three high schools. One was San Fernando High, at the junction of the Golden State and Simi Valley freeways. It was decided--six years ago--that these clinics would provide many health services, including the dispensing of contraceptives. It was decided that parents could bar their children from the clinics altogether by simply signing a form.
January 24, 1993 |
Recently I visited the Laurence Paquin School, a bleak brick fortress with no ground-floor windows in Baltimore's inner city. The school has been in the news lately; this month, the contraceptive Norplant will be dispensed free at the school's clinic. As I arrived, the lunch hour was just ending. Babies were crying softly in the background and teen-age girls were carrying bassinets in the hallway. The principal, Dr.
October 17, 1991 |
A Visalia judge forces a poor black woman convicted of child abuse to choose between jail and a contraceptive implant. A Kansas lawmaker proposes that welfare mothers who agree to have the implant be paid a $500 cash bonus. Back in California, Gov. Pete Wilson opens a discussion on whether implants should be mandatory for female drug abusers.
March 3, 1991 |
That Visalia would be a setting for a court decision that could end up as a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court isn't that surprising to the people who live here. The town prides itself on being innovative, on being different from other Central San Joaquin Valley farming communities. Visalia is about an hour's drive north of Bakersfield and about an hour and a half away from the giant redwoods of Sequoia National Park.
May 17, 1991 |
Gov. Pete Wilson said Thursday he is moving toward making a controversial new birth control implant widely available to teen-agers and to drug-abusing women of childbearing age. Wilson, in an interview, said he does not believe teen-agers would need their parents' consent to use the device. And he said he and his staff "haven't decided" whether to make the treatment mandatory for drug users.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1993 |
The new Administration has proposed improved access to health care, including reproductive health care for all Americans. At San Fernando High School, young people have enjoyed improved access to health services for more than five years. The clinic there provides essential health services to teen-agers who would otherwise lack them. These kids can get mental-health services, birth-control information and AIDS-prevention information right on campus.
January 13, 1991 |
Acts of bigotry committed out of stupidity or senselessness are no more acceptable than those motivated by malice. Last month the Philadelphia Inquirer ran an editorial suggesting that NOrplant, the new, long-term contraceptive implant, could be a useful tool for "reducing the underclass."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1994 |
"With bated breath, the entire civilized world is watching the bold experiment in mass sterilization recently launched by Germany. It is estimated that some 400,000 of the population will come within the scope of this law, the larger portion of whom fall into that group classed as inborn feeblemindedness. . . . It is estimated that, after several decades, hundreds of millions of marks will be saved each year as a result of the diminution of expenditures for patients with hereditary diseases."
October 8, 1995 |
It was all a frightening mystery to Kimberly Thompson: the throbbing migraines, the shortness of breath, the shocking 40-pound weight gain in just three months. "It was the worst part of my life, wondering what is happening to your body," said the 25-year-old Chicago mother of two. "There were times I would cry and say, 'What's wrong? Is it me?' " It was clear to Rhonda Rice that something was terribly wrong when she was hospitalized five times in a year.