NYC Schools Offering ‘Morning-After Pill’ to Girls Age 14
It is a hot button issue nationwide and the controversy is getting even hotter, in New York City a pilot program in some city high schools is giving out ‘Plan B’, the controversial morning after pill and other contraceptives without notifying the student’s parents.
Would there be support for such a program here in Pennsylvania?
In New York City, as in many areas, teen pregnancy is a huge program, it is estimated that 28 percent of the kids entering ninth grade have had sex, by the end of high school more than half are sexually active.
In some New York City schools last year, ‘Plan B’, the morning pill was given to 567 students.
“I had a child very young,” Vicki Henry told us. “I’ve been married for 32 years and my son is 31.”
If the ‘Plan B’ option had been available when Vicki was young and pregnant?
“I wouldn’t have done it no, it’s not my belief to do that, no,” Henry told us.
“I don’t think they should be in a situation that they should have to do it, but I don’t think it is a bad idea for them to help out if the child made a mistake,” believes Matthew Bower, who supports the program.
The problem is clear, last year in New York City 7,000 girls under the age of 17 became pregnant. Of those, 90 percent were unplanned and
64 percent aborted.
However, 2,200 Girls still became Moms by 17. Of those, 70 percent drop out Of school.
However, most that we talked to did not agree with Matthew that morning after pills should be handed out to girls by a school nurse.
“I think it is like persuading them to have sex,” commented Angela Guidas, a high school student herself.
“No I think it is not, but I grew up in a different era,” stated Lana Kakhramanov. “I’m from Europe, long time ago it wasn’t like that, so it is strange to me.”
“I don’t think they should because to me that influences kids having sex, so I don’t think it is a good idea,” added recent graduate Kaitlin Crumlich.
Parents in the New York City schools can have their children opt-out of the program, but only an average of one to two percent of the parents in each school have done so.
“I don’t think it is right, there too early for that kind of stuff,” stated father and grandfather Olen Asberry.
“Well it’s telling the kids, to me, it’s letting them go out and they don’t care, they will go out and get pregnant,” provided grandmother Judy Bower.
We spoke to a pharmacist who told us that morning after pills in Pennsylvania are available to those 18 and over without a prescription, however for those 17 and under who may want the medication a prescription is required.
We also reached out to the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses, but they did not get back to us.
As far as we know the pilot program in New York City is the only place in the nation where ‘Plan B’ pills are being given out in high schools.