Students Can Get Plan B Pills At a Few NYC Public Schools Now

The last thing hardcore right-wing conservatives need is more cannon fodder for their whole "America is burning to the ground" argument. But, whatever; we're not worried about them here -- that's fellow Voice scribe Roy Edroso's job.

According to the Post, the Department of Health confirmed that 13 public schools across the New York City area have stocked up with morning-after pills in an effort to combat teen pregnancy -- according to recent numbers, more than 7,000 underage NYC residents are pregnant before the age of 17. 

Parents were told about the move and they were given the option of opting-out of the program for their offspring. As of now, only 1 to 2 percent of parents have chosen to do so.

The inclusion of Plan B in public schools is part of a new Department of Education program called CATCH (Connecting Adolescents to Contraceptive Health), which seeks to encourage a healthy sexual lifestyle for teenagers in school. Free condoms at school is another provision in this city-wide program but this is the first time the City has ever offered Plan B in its schools. 

And, furthermore, it might be the first time any school system in the country has, too.

Last year, the Department of Education conducted a Plan B pilot program that was not picked up by the media: More than 500 students in five different schools were given the contraceptive while another 580 students were given a normal birth control pill. And, this fall, it is continuing anti-teen-pregnancy efforts by providing students with Depo-Provera, which is an injected treatment given every three months. 

Another main concern of the Department of Education here, though, is the consequential drop-out of those affected by teen pregnancy; a situation that has become a more prevalent problem over the past few years. According to city data, 28 percent of teens who enter high school have already have sex and more than half will leave high school sexually active. The question that has always existed is, how can schools combat this drop-out rate in a way that still respects the students' privacy?

The Plan B program is sure to make some noise with parents groups; the implementation of Plan B is definitely not in the PTA manifesto. But, in the end, doesn't this all sound like scared adults screaming, "BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?!" Ugh, parents are so lame.


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YES, encouraging a HEALTHY SEXUAL LIFESTYLE should always include abortion pills, because as you know, having unprotected sex is completely healthy as long as you can take a pill the next day.

which seeks to encourage a healthy sexual lifestyle for teenagers in school

EXACTLY what the government and the public school system should be involved in. Thank god they took religion out of the picture, unwanted pregnancies and STD rates were so much higher back then.


If parents would take care of their children...the government would not have to step in and do the parents job!


 @mblambertga   Because only teenagers whose parents do not take care of them have EVER gotten pregnant in the history of mankind, right?  

If the GOVERNMENT wants to 'take care' of children, maybe they should focus more on the level of violence, crime, and drugs in schools.  I mean what would you be more upset over, your kid got pregnant and didn't have PLAN B, or your child gets beaten to death in the bathroom by a gang (happened in my hometown) or receives a rock of crack in 1st grade from another 1st grader who thought it was candy (happened in my hometown - so has rape, violent assaults & brawls including so many students it took 20 squad cars to bring it under control)  Yeah, the government does a great job on everything else they get involved with.

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