Hebron High School News Online

The Hawk Eye

Hebron High School News Online

The Hawk Eye

Hebron High School News Online

The Hawk Eye

Sports Scores
Pitcher Ethan Hunt pitches in the fifth inning against Plano West on April 16. The team won 2-1.
Baseball team to compete against Plano West April 19
Olivia Evans, Web Editor • April 19, 2024

The baseball team will play against Plano West on April 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hebron baseball field. Head coach Corey Farra said the team has...

 As the final weekend of Coachella approaches, the temperature averages about 95 degrees Fahrenheit daily in the desert. Coachella has lost its glamor, as uncomfortable camping conditions go viral on TikTok.
Opinion: De-influencing Coachella
Madeline Rivera, Editor-in-Chief • April 19, 2024

It was the day before the first weekend of Coachella. I was lying in bed after a long day of school, hours before bed, scrolling through TikTok...

April 17 was National Tax Day — something most adults dread. However, it’s often forgotten that young adults never learned about taxes in school, causing them to struggle, too. This defeats the purpose of high school preparing students for adulthood.
Opinion: Schools need to teach students how to do taxes
Mie Bakuya, Reporter • April 18, 2024

The entire purpose of high school is to prepare students for the real world. Required classes include English to learn writing, history to learn...


  • 5 PM
    69 °
  • 6 PM
    67 °
  • 7 PM
    65 °
  • 8 PM
    64 °
  • 9 PM
    63 °
  • 10 PM
    62 °
  • 11 PM
    61 °
  • 12 AM
    61 °
  • 1 AM
    61 °
  • 2 AM
    60 °
  • 3 AM
    60 °
  • 4 AM
    59 °
  • 5 AM
    59 °
  • 6 AM
    58 °
  • 7 AM
    58 °
  • 8 AM
    58 °
  • 9 AM
    57 °
  • 10 AM
    56 °
  • 11 AM
    55 °
  • 12 PM
    55 °
  • 1 PM
    54 °
  • 2 PM
    54 °
  • 3 PM
    53 °
  • 4 PM
    52 °
  • 5 PM
    51 °
April 19
71°/ 55°
Patchy rain nearby
April 20
58°/ 47°
Moderate rain
April 21
61°/ 47°
Patchy rain nearby
Print Edition

Lack of reproductive health education continues to impact teenage girls

Period poverty is defined as being unable to afford menstrual products and having a lack of access to menstrual education and reproductive care. One in five teenagers have struggled to afford menstrual products or not been able to access them at all.
Krista Fleming
Period poverty is defined as being unable to afford menstrual products and having a lack of access to menstrual education and reproductive care. One in five teenagers have struggled to afford menstrual products or not been able to access them at all.

As of 2023, Texas is 49th in the country for reproductive and women’s healthcare. In Texas, middle schools are required to teach health and sex education; however, at the high school level, it is offered as an elective and requires signed parent permission. This lack of education and access to healthcare can impact teenage girls in the community.

“We have [a problem with] our educational resources,” physician assistant Alyssa Musaali said. “I know in fifth and sixth grade, they go over the video of how important it is to use menstrual pads and tampons, but it’s not enough. People are not aware of all the different ways to handle a [menstrual] cycle. In the urgent care setting, I get patients coming in just because they don’t know exactly how to use a tampon — it’s a lack of education.”

Senior Aarushi Kodakalla is the president of GirlUp Texas, an organization that fights for equality and rights for women and teenage girls. Kodakalla said one of the biggest issues facing women is the lack of access to affordable resources for menstruation, as well as sexual and reproductive rights. One in five teenagers have struggled to afford menstrual products or not been able to access them at all.

“[People] need to see [menstruation] as not taboo,” Kodakalla said. “It is not gross; it might be uncomfortable for women going through it, but it’s not something that’s so terrible to talk about. It’s not that big of a deal — it’s such a natural process and it’s the start of everything else. People should really understand how cool it is that our bodies can do such a thing and start something new.”

Birth control is a common form of female contraception, but without proper education, some may not know that it also minimizes premenstrual symptoms (PMS), controls acne, regulates menstrual cycles and balances hormones. Of teens surveyed by Scientific American, 82% said that they take birth control for non-contraceptive reasons.

“Patients will come in and ask for birth control, but there’s still a stigma [that assumes] if you’re asking for birth control it’s [because] you are sexually active,” Musaali said. “Because of that, people don’t ask for it. Because of the lack of awareness of how beneficial oral contraception can be, they’re too scared to ask for it. There are teenagers who would want it for the other effects like better skin [and] PMS management. You don’t have to be sexually active to be on birth control — you can be solely taking it for its other benefits.”

A lack of education around birth control can also have consequences for women who are victims of sexual assault, as approximately three million women in the United states have experienced a rape-related pregnancy.  A study administered by an organization called Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) shows females between the age of 16 and 19 are four times more likely to be victims of sexual assault over the general population.

“[Sexual assault] happens to teenagers,” counselor Marlene Hood said. “Even if they consent initially, whatever point they say no, no means no. It’s definitely happening, and the numbers are [high enough] to be concerned.”

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, which left the option of banning abortion up to the states. In Texas, medical and procedural abortions are completely banned. People who receive abortions cannot be prosecuted under state law, but doctors who perform abortions can face life in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. Musaali said that it’s hard being a health provider in Texas without the ability to refer patients to seek abortions. 

“I would push for more birth control and contraception use if I know that they’re not at the moment trying to have a baby,” Musaali said. “But, because of the lack of knowledge about contraception, [there is a risk of] unwanted pregnancies. And in Texas, it’s hard to come up with exactly what to do with that. So I feel like, because of this new turnover in Roe v. Wade, the push for being on oral contraceptives has definitely gone up.”

Organizations such as GirlUp and Period Pact Texas assist in the education of teenage girls on their reproductive health and spread awareness by providing resources readily available to young women. 

“Advocating helps,” Kodakalla said. “Speaking up about [women’s health rights], [asking] people with power to help push certain curriculums and letting people know that there are programs, resources and websites [available to them can help]. Everyone goes through the same thing, and you’re not alone in that process.”

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Peyton Kuschmeider
Peyton Kuschmeider, Multimedia Editor
Junior Peyton Kuschmeider is the multimedia editor and this is her second year on staff. In her free time, she loves to take photos, read, write, go on long drives and works at Texas Roadhouse. 
Krista Fleming
Krista Fleming, Managing Editor
Junior Krista Fleming is the managing editor and this is her third year on staff. She enjoys reading, teaching preschoolers and volunteering.

Comments (0)

“The Hawk Eye” comment section welcomes engagement from readers. Within the comment section, we are dedicated to maintaining a respectful community; therefore, we reserve the right to protect the website from: derogatory comments, comments deemed to be spam, comments that include links that lead to harmful websites, comments using vulgar language and statements that attack another person. “The Hawk Eye” has the right to protect the website through removing comments that are viewed as harmful. We will make every effort to maintain the integrity of the comment section by allowing as many comments as possible, but if a comment violates the comment policy, we reserve the right to edit or delete the comment at any time without notice. If you feel your comment has been excluded, edited or removed by error, please contact us through our contact form.
All The Hawk Eye Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *