Parents were not told that the New York City Department of Education supplied the morning after contraception pill to teens in its schools. School nurses supplied the drugs at 13 NYC high schools.
School nurses can give out "Plan B" contraception to girls as young as 14-years-old without informing parents. Parents can opt out of this scheme by sending a letter to the school otherwise nurses will just hand out the contraception on demand after a brief consultation.
Plan B is a 'morning after pill' which can abort a pregnancy if taken 72 hours after unprotected sex. The scheme, which is to cut down teenage pregnancy, is called as CATCH which is short for Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health.
In New York City around 7,000 girls become pregnant before reaching 17-years-old. About half of these get an abortion. That's around 3,500 teenage abortions in New York City alone.
The scheme is backed by and admisinstered by nurses from The National Association of School Nurses. CATCH with its distribution of Plan B is thought to be the first of its kind in the US.
Some parents are said to concerned about the scheme but very few have actually written to schools to opt out of it. Anti-abortion campaigners are split. Some see it as a way to stop pregnancy and so avoid the need for abortion others see the morning after pill as abortion itself.
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