Tigard-Tualatin listening session focuses on contraceptives
The Tigard-Tualatin School Board will hold a listening session to discuss the option of offering contraceptives at the school-based health centers at Tigard and Tualatin high schools.
The session is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the library of Tualatin High School, 22300 S.W. Boones Ferry Road, Tualatin.
The topic was discussed at a January board meeting. Dozens of people voiced their support for providing students with contraceptives. Not one public commenter spoke against the proposed change.
The district's two high school-based health centers are run by local health nonprofit Virginia Garcia, and will treat anyone living within district boundaries who is 19 or younger. Nobody is turned away because of inability to pay. The health centers currently do not prescribe or provide contraceptives of any kind to patients. The school board began considering allowing contraceptives last month, after declining to make the change twice before, in 2008 and 2012.
A group calling itself Parents' Rights in Education sent out a newsletter on Monday, Feb. 19, urging people to attend the meeting in opposition to allowing contraceptives in the health clinics.