Mom upset about birth control program

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina mother is upset her 14-year-old daughter was driven from school to a clinic for a birth control shot.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported the woman was outraged. Her name was not released.

The student was taken to the clinic after classes at Burke High by a worker for the Carolina Empowerment Group, a nonprofit organization working to increase awareness of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

State law allows health services for minors without parental consent, although contraceptives may not be distributed at schools.

Burke principal Charles Benton says the nonprofit is not supposed to take students to clinics. But he says the services provided by the group at Burke are important because of high teen pregnancy rates.

Information from: The Post and Courier,

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