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Condoms for 12-year-olds: Massachusetts school committee approves contraceptive policy

A Massachusetts school has taken its first step toward giving students as young as 12 free access to condoms at school, the Huffington Post reports. The Springfield School Committee voted 5-1 Thursday in favor of the “Comprehensive Reproductive Health Policy,” which aims to promote safe sex, prevent sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy. Under the proposed program, students would be able to acquire condoms from school nurses and high-school based clinics, according to the Republican. Those who receive the contraceptive would be counseled on abstinence and proper storage and use. The district would notify parents of the program before it takes effect, allowing them to opt out if they don’t want their children to participate. The proposal requires a second vote of approval to be implemented…

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