When Miracle Foster began talking to her 16-year-old daughter about the possibility of getting birth control, she assumed she'd be the one to take her to a clinic.
But when the teenager recently came home from a school trip in Tulsa, Oklahoma, her mom found out that she already had a birth control implant embedded in her arm that hadn't been there when she left. The teen was attending a lecture put on by the Youth Services of Tulsa, an organization that gives information about sex education and provides teens with transportation to clinics where they can get birth control, at Langston Hughes Academy. After she asked to learn more, the school arranged for the organization to take the girl and her friends to a clinic of their choice.
That's where a physician gave her a three-year Norplant implant without her mother's knowledge or consent -- which is legal under Title X federal guidelines.video-player-present
Now Foster says she feels that her parental rights were violated and that she should have been the one to help her daughter with birth control.video-player-present
Rodney L. Clark, the school's principal, released the following statement on March 22:
This was not a field trip. Youth Services of Tulsa does an annual in-service on Sex Education. They offer students an opportunity to contact them on their own for more information. The parent gave her child permission to leave the school. Under Title X once young people are at the clinic and are of reproductive age, they can make decisions on their own without parental consent. As you can understand this situation involves a minor and we do not release information about students. Nevertheless, the student was well within their rights of Title X which is a federal guideline that provides reduced cost family planning services to persons of all reproductive age.