Tuesday August 29, 2017
I am dismayed by the recent vote of the Reading School Board denying reproductive health care programming at the high school. The birth rate to teenage moms at Reading High School is four times that of the general state population, according to Co-County Wellness Services' Berks Teens Matter initiative. I defy any of the no-voters to say that is a good thing for our community.
The toll that these pregnancies take on family and community resources, coupled with the curtailment of future options for those moms, has lasting consequences. Sexually transmitted diseases pose further potential devastation for everyone involved. The rejection of these services will only continue ignorance of the facts related to early sexual activity, perpetuating the problems and diminishing the lives of too many students.
Health center plan deserved approval