Maine school gets no fed money due to pill choice

Posted Jan. 08, 2010, at 10:01 a.m.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — A Maine high school might not get any federal family planning money because officials chose not to allow the so-called “morning after” pill to be distributed at the school’s health center.

In October the Noble High School board approved a plan to offer reproductive services at the North Berwick school on condition it not offer the morning after pill, which can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex.

Foster’s Daily Democrat says the board also agreed not to use district money for the services.

The school received $18,000 in state money, but it couldn’t receive a similar amount of federal money.

Assistant Superintendent Susan Austin says officials hope the district can be reconsidered for the federal funds.

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