The New York City Department of Education is making a bold move to curb the incidences of teen pregnancy among high school students.
In thirteen New York City high schools, the morning after pill, also known as the Plan B pill, will now be distributed to any teenage girl that asks for it.
Parents were given a chance to opt of the program by signing a written document requesting that their daughter not be given the pill. Otherwise, every girl will soon have the option. The Board of Health says that only 1 to 2 percent of all parents objected and that most parents consider it a good idea.
Last year, the program began in five NYC schools and 567 girls, aged 14 to 18, received the drug. In addition to that, ABC News reports that “580 students received hormonal birth control pills, and this fall, teens will also have access to Depo-Provera, an injectable form of birth control.”
The Board of Education also released some sobering statistics:
7,000 girls under age 17 got pregnant last year throughout New York City.
Of those pregnancies, 90 percent were unplanned.
Sixty-four percent were aborted.
2,200 teens became mothers by age 17.
Tell us in the comments below: Could the Plan B pill be the answer to thousands of unwanted teen pregnancies or is it naïve to distribute a morning after pill to teens who do not understand the risks or repercussions, or even sex education in general?