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Maine middle school may limit access to birth control

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A local school board will consider limiting student access to birth control pills and patches at a middle school's health center.

Earlier this month, the Portland School Committee approved a plan that made King Middle School the first middle school in Maine to offer a full range of contraception to students in grades 6 through 8, when most students are 11 to 13 years old, according to state officials.

On Monday, committee member Benjamin Meiklejohn submitted a proposal that would give parents the option of blocking access to prescription contraceptives if they enroll their children in the health center. It also would limit contraceptives to students who are at least 14 years old.