Sunday, June 19, 2005

And I thought I was past being shocked by anything

News from Pandagon today is that a school nurse in San Marcos, Texas coerced a 15-year-old student to take a pregnancy test. The nurse told the student that a student at another school said he had impregnated her.

The school says its action was compliant with a part of the Texas Family Code that states that "a child may consent to medical treatment by a licensed physician if the child 'is unmarried and pregnant and consents to hospital, medical or surgical treatment, other than abortion, related to the pregnancy.'"

Obviously, this is a very twisted reading of the law, and also does not take into account the fact that a nurse is not a licensed physican. The student and her father have filed a federal lawsuit against the nurse and the school district. The "consent" which the student gave is on par with the "confession" some arrested people give to the police. The girl was afraid to refuse to take the test.

But aside from the fact that no reasonable reading of the law would permit a minor to "consent" to a pregnancy test administered by a person not even recognized by that law, what business is it of the school's whether one of its students is pregnant? Are they afraid all the girls will want to become pregnant? Or that the other students might start having sex? Shouldn't they be rejoicing that the girl isn't homosexual?

You can't please these people.

5 Comments:

No, there is no pleasing them.

After all, their ilk are those that shun pregnant girls while picketing abortion clinics. They also try to ensure none of the kids learn about birth control, which could prevent the need for either situation.

What loonies.

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