NYC Schools Giving Students Morning-After Pill
Pilot program offers first hormonal birth control to kids in nation
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2012 1:12 PM CDT
A box of Plan B, the morning-after pill, is available in some New York City schools.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – New York City is handing out birth control including the morning-after pill to students at some of its schools under the auspices of a burgeoning health initiative called Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health. The, er, catch? Students don't have to tell parents, notes the New York Post, unless parents have previously opted out of the program, which is aimed at stemming the tide of teenage pregnancy. While schools in the Big Apple have long made condoms available, it's the first time hormonal birth control is being offered in any school nationwide.

In addition to Plan B and Reclipsen, students will also have access to the quarterly birth control injection Depo-Provera this fall. The program predictably has critics, with one school staffer complaining, "We can’t give out a Tylenol without a doctor’s order. Why should we give out hormonal preparations with far more serious possible side effects?" But some, though not all, students welcome the option. Says one freshman: "I don’t want to be a young kid who gets pregnant and can’t find a job."

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ihateusernames
Sep 29, 2012 9:26 PM CDT
Agreed with fractal. A young woman, even an "underage" woman should be able to decide NOT to become a parent. Personally, I deplore abortions and feel they are a horrible travesty. So, the more options that are available to young women that can prevent her from becoming pregnant and avoid as many abortions as possible, so much the better. Remembering what it was like to be a horny teenager, I know that sex drive overrides common sense, even freqnently in adults. One day, my daughter will be doing all sorts of things she will never tell me about, one of them likely being teenage sex. I would NEVER have wanted to go my parents to request permission for any type of contraception! And I'm sure she won't, either. I would rather she be comfortable choosing (and freely and easily obtaining) contraception that will prevent an unwanted pregnancy than be required to get my permission for it - when she, and most other sexually active kids would be very reluctant to do so. P.S. Tylenol is actually far more dangerous than the Plan B progesterone pill, as it can quite easily destroy one's liver if too much is taken from the bottle. Plan B is only one pill (so its impossible to take too much) and takers usually only have to worry about temporary nausea/vomiting as side effect
fractal
Sep 25, 2012 12:24 PM CDT
Even if a woman is under 18, she has an overriding right to decide what happens to her body. Having worked in reproductive services, I can tell you that most underage women will NOT tell their parents they MIGHT get pregnant. They will hunker down and hope for the best. Then the pregnant ones will often shift into denial until pregnancies start to show. Some will manage to hide it till they give birth in a fast food bathroom, and ditch the baby in a dumpster. I would think the anti-choice crowd would love this. It prevents abortion, lowers government spending on the poor, and stems the tide of single parenthood.
Diapercaked
Sep 24, 2012 1:27 PM CDT
young whores in new york city? you dont say?