New York City’s Plan B to Stem Teen Pregnancy

The New York City Department of Education has started offering Plan B emergency contraception to high school students in 13 of the city’s high schools.  The pills will be made available, free of charge, to students through the school nurse without parental consent or notification.  Parents do have the option to opt out of the emergency contraception program for their teens at the school.  However, only 1-2% of parents have opted out of the program, according to the Department of Education.

The emergency contraception is being offered as a part of CATCH- Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health – which aims to reduce teenage pregnancies.  The program is in accordance with state law, which allows contraception to be offered without parental notification.  According to city data, more than 7,000 girls become pregnant before they are 17 years old in New York City and about half of these pregnancies are aborted.

 

Read more about the CATCH program.

 

Andrea Perri

Project Specialist

Campaign Consultation, Inc.

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I came to Campaign Consultation with a strong background in social work and community organizing. I am also a former Peace Corps health volunteer who served in The Gambia working on maternal and child health care projects.In my role as Project Specialist, I assist with project research, content development and other support for the Social Innovation Fund, George Washington University Freshman Day of Service and other projects.Read more.

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