Some schools in New York City already offer free condoms to students and now the NYC Department of Education is making Plan-B (the morning after pill) available to high school students at 13 public schools.
The DOE says that girls as early as 14 will be able to obtain the pill without their parents consent, however parents have been notified about the program and how their daughters can opt out of it.
The availability of the emergency contraceptive is a part of the city’s CATCH (Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Healthcare) pilot program, which began in January 2011. According to data collected, every year in NYC there are at least 7,000 pregnancies among 15-17 year old girls – 90% of these pregnancies are unintended.
NYC City Council Speaker, Christine Quinn supports the program because she says high school students are sexually active, getting pregnant and over half of the students get abortions.