"I Should be Able to be Informed About What Birth Control Is & How I Can Get It"

Thu, 04/18/2013 - 15:42
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Katelyn Campbell is the student body vice president at George Washington High School and a revolutionary in the making.

Katelyn's school invited Pam Stenzel to give her abstinence-only teen sex talk at their school assembly. Stenzel travels the country scaring kids into abstaining from sex with inaccurate sex information. She says things like condoms aren't safe and that every sexual encounter will result in a sexually transmitted infection. She's also said wonderful things like "I can look in your eyes and tell if you're going to be promiscuous".

Katelyn refused to attend the assembly and filed a complaint with the ACLU - she called Stenzel's presentation "slut shaming" that made students feel uncomfortable.

Her principal flipped. He took her into his office and threatened to contact the college where she'd been accepted and speak about her "bad character" if she didn't drop her complaint. Well, Katelyn wasn't going to roll over that easy.

She's filed an injunction against her principal blocking him from contacting the college and protecting her First Amendment right to advocate for comprehensive sex education:

“West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S.,” Campbell said. “I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it. With the policy at GW, under George Aulenbacher, information about birth control and sex education has been suppressed. Our nurse wasn’t allowed to talk about where you can get birth control for free in the city of Charleston.”

Go Katelyn Go!

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Katelyn Campbell

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 09:17

Katelyn Campbell is one of my new heroes---she's made me proud and very hopeful. The spirit of Margaret Sanger is alive and well. We can't let the forces of ignorance and suppression win, and it's people like Campbell who will defeat them.

wellesley, katelyn's college

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 09:45

I wouldn't have thought Katelyn's college would be in the least interested in her troglodyte principal's threat to tell them about her "bad character," and if you click on invited above, you will see that Wellesley tweeted her, welcoming her.

The state of Maine accepted no federal funding for sex education during the time when abstinence-only "education" was the only permissible curriculum. The state's once-high teen pregnancy rates have dropped dramatically. This is not, apparently, the goal of the cretin in Charleston, West Virginia.

What a brilliant girl!

Sat, 04/20/2013 - 01:56
Kyrie (not verified)

She has the right of it. Wouldn't it be wonderful to go to schools around the country and teach all of those important things that are so lacking in the sexual education. No fear, no shame, just facts that make for excellent medicine.