Last Updated on October 8, 2019
A teenage girl had a contraceptive coil implanted at school, leaving parents clueless when she started experiencing side effects.
Many public schools are losing their shaky reputations–with homeschooling on the rise and politically-loaded narratives shamelessly shoehorned into the curricula.
A sixteen-year-old girl complained to her mother about headaches and a pain in her arm.
What was discovered deeply shocked and upset the family.
The school had deliberately – and improperly – implanted a contraceptive coil, also known as Nexplanon, into her arm without seeking her parent’s consent.
Ironically, despite failing to reach the mother for her consent before inserting a potentially dangerous implant, the school would reach out to the mother before giving her daughter Tylenol.
Upon hearing her daughter’s complaints about feeling unwell, Nicole Lambert sent her to a pediatrician who later informed her that the three-year contraceptive coil had been inserted into the back of her arm, when it should have been placed on the inside of the upper arm.
To avoid further medical complications such as a blood clot, the pediatrician removed the coil.
According to WMAR-2 News, Lambert said:
“I instantly started crying because just to hear that your child, anything could happen to your child and you didn’t even know what’s going on, it’s a scary feeling…
“I actually went to the school. I was furious. I was mad, so I went to the school and the nurse told me, ‘I don’t have to talk to you about absolutely nothing.’ I’m like that is my child, I take care of this child, you can talk to me about my child, and they put me out of the school,” said Lambert.”
Baltimore’s teen pregnancy rates decreased 69% in the last decade, WMAR-2 News continues:
The state law permitting minors to receive contraceptive services confidentially dates back nearly 50 years. And several of Baltimore City’s 17 School-Based Health Centers (SBHC) provide reproductive health care services.
Of the five SBHCs operated by the Baltimore City Health Department, there were 164 users of birth control during the 2017-2018 school year. The different kinds of birth control include oral contraceptive pills, Plan B, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, and Nexplanon.
To remove the coil, an excision was necessary which also removed some of the surrounding tissue.
In Maryland, minors can receive contraceptive services without parental knowledge or consent, according to Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood’s website states:
Maryland law requires that one parent or guardian be notified before a minor has an abortion. The parent/guardian does not need to consent (agree) with the minor’s choice, but does need to know the minor is planning to have an abortion. Maryland’s parental notification law says specifically that no notification is required if, in the judgment of the doctor performing the abortion:
- The minor is mature and capable of giving her informed consent to the procedure, OR
- Notification would not be in the minor’s best interest, OR
- Notice may lead to physical or emotional abuse of the minor, OR
- The minor patient does not live with her parent or guardian, OR
- A reasonable effort to give notice has been unsuccessful.
Despite the legality of the procedure, Mrs Lambert was furious with her daughter’s school.
According to Fox5:
WMAR reached out to the school system, but was told to direct questions to the Baltimore City Health Department. The health department said it was advised not to respond to questions because of a pending case against the city, according to the station.