Governor objects to condom plan
BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick used his bully pulpit Thursday to call the superintendent of a Cape Cod school district and urge her to revise a new policy allowing even elementary school students to receive free condoms without the knowledge of their parents.
The new policy makes condoms available to all Provincetown public school students and takes effect in the fall. Under the policy, any student requesting a condom from a school nurse must first receive counseling, which includes information on abstinence.
Mr. Patrick, a Democrat seeking re-election this year against a field including two conservative opponents, told the Associated Press on Thursday he objected not only to the age of the students covered by the policy, but also to a provision prohibiting their parents from being told about any request for prophylactics — and from having their objections overrule a distribution.
He said Superintendent Beth Singer, who authored the policy approved by the Cape Cod community’s school board on June 10, is “going to try to walk this back a bit.”
Miss Singer did not return a call and e-mail for comment.
Asked to outline his own views on the subject, Mr. Patrick said: “I don’t want first-graders having access to condoms, but I don’t want first-graders to be sexually active. And, frankly, I don’t think the superintendent does, either. And I think parents should be involved, and I say that as a parent.”
• From wire dispatches and staff reports