[dc]I[/dc]n an attempt to bring down the number of unwanted teenage pregnancies, NYC schools have been handing out morning-after pills to students — without parental knowledge or consent.
The Department of Education is giving morning-after pills and other birth-control drugs to students at 13 high schools, The Post has learned.
School nurse offices stocked with the contraceptives can dispense “Plan B” emergency contraception and other oral or injectable birth control to girls without telling their parents — unless parents opt out after getting a school informational letter about the new program.
CATCH — Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health — is part of a citywide attack against the epidemic of teen pregnancy, which spurs many girls — most of them poor — to drop out of school.
The NYC Department of Health records:
TEEN PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS
7,000 girls under age 17 got pregnant last year citywide
90% of those pregnancies were unplanned
64% were aborted
2,200 became moms by age 17. About 70 percent drop out of school.
What do you think? Is this a good idea or is the system being too presumptive?
For more, read “NYC schools give out morning-after pills to students — without telling parents” on the New York Post’s website.