Vermont Becomes the First State to Require Schools to Provide Free Condoms to Middle Schoolers
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In a purported effort to reduce unwanted teen pregnancy and the transmission of STDs, the state of Vermont is set to enact a law that would require high schools and middle schools have condoms available for students.

This makes Vermont the first state to require free condoms be made available to students as young as 12.

“In order to prevent or reduce unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, each school district shall make condoms available to all students in its secondary schools, free of charge. School district administrative teams, in consultation with school district nursing staff, shall determine the best manner in which to make condoms available to students,” the law, which was signed by Governor Phil Schott last year and amends the Vermont Statues, reads.

“At a minimum, condoms shall be placed in locations that are safe and readily accessible to students, including the school nurse’s office.”

The condoms will be provided free of charge by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, the regional arm of the nation’s largest chain of abortion providers, Planned Parenthood, as The Christian Post notes.

The bill was introduced last year by Republican state Rep. Topper McFaun, who said at the time that he did so in an effort to help girls avoid the “that crucial decision, to have an abortion or not.”

McFaun told Vermont Public Radio last year that teen abortion is what he was trying to prevent, and that “the way to do that is to provide ways to allow people to protect themselves.”

Sharon Toborg of the Vermont Right to Life Committee disagreed that providing schoolchildren with free condoms was the right approach to preventing abortion.

She told VPR last year that “the reality is that when you encourage sexual activity among young kids, and treat it as normal and acceptable for 12-year-olds to be engaging in sexual activity, you are creating an atmosphere that will lead to more sexual activity and more unintended pregnancies.”

Earlier this year, Chicago public schools were subject to a new rule requiring that condoms be made available to high school and middle school students as well.

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