Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Schools Secretly Give 14-year-olds Morning After Pill

Since last year, public schools in New York City have given 567 students free Plan-B abortifacient drugs, but the program was only made public days ago announcing that 13 schools give girls the pill WITHOUT parental consent, even though it is illegal for a pharmacy to sell the pill to girls under age 17 without a prescription.  In order to protect children from the program, parents must proactively direct the school to exclude their own daughter from the program.
". . . in an ideal world a teen would consult with a parent or caregivers before becoming sexually active and seeking out birth control, [instead, this program] equips school nurses and other qualified staff to be those responsible adults providing appropriate advice and medical care."
-- Joan Malin, president of Planned Parenthood of New York City
(It takes a village . . .)

UPDATE 2/3/13 - Truth leaks out: 12,721 Plan B Handed Out last year in NY City Schools

For background, read Condom Training Mandated for NY City Schools and even worse NY Schools To Teach Sex Performance Techniques

Also read Washington School Arranges Secret Abortion as well as Secret Abortions Continue in Illinois and read Abortifacients Given to Kids via Vending Machine for $25

-- From "Morning-after pills available to N.Y. high school students" by Jonathan Allen, Reuters 9/24/12

The program, which started last year and now has been instituted at 13 high schools, allows school nurses to give students emergency contraceptive pills, designed to prevent pregnancy following unprotected sex or a contraceptive failure if taken within 72 hours. It also provides condoms, birth-control pills and pregnancy testing.

Parents were informed of the program from the start and given the choice of opting out of any or all of the services but have largely supported the program, [Alexandra Waldhorn, a health department spokeswoman] said, but it had not been reported on until the New York Post wrote about it during the weekend.

Greg Pfundstein, the executive director of the Chiaroscuro Foundation, an anti-abortion group in New York, said the program should be conducted on an opt-in basis so that parents had to actively give their consent.

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From "NYC Schools Offer Morning-After Pill" by Cristina Costantini, ABC News 9/24/12

Although the program -- called CATCH, or Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health -- allows parents to opt-out their daughters, only 1 to 2 percent of parents have chosen to do so after letters were sent to their homes, according to Deborah Kaplan, assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health for the NYC Department of Health.

Some critics say the initiative encourages unhealthy decision-making when it comes to sex. Still others, like Pania Palacios, the mother of a sophomore at one of the participating CATCH schools, say the use birth control should require parental oversight. Palacios never received the letter allowing her to remove her daughter from the program, and she wasn't happy about it, she told the New York Post:

"Parents should know if their daughter is pregnant."

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From "Girls age 14 can get birth control at New York City schools" by Cheryl Wetzstein, The Washington Times 9/24/12

“We’re incensed at the arrogance of this administration. The state is constantly telling parents, ‘We know better than you on how to raise your children,’” said the Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of the New Yorker's Family Research Foundation.

“Our kids are being targeted and they’re being sold sex. That’s what this is all about, and it needs to stop,” said Michelle Mulledy, New York state director for Concerned Women for America.

The plan is “tragic and misguided,” New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn said in a blog post Monday.

This plan “usurps” parents’ roles as first educators for their children “and allows the public school system to substitute its beliefs and values for those of the parents,” they wrote.

Plan B is a birth-control product designed to prevent pregnancy if taken 72 hours after unprotected sex. While hailed as an essential tool to prevent unwanted pregnancy, it is controversial because it could disrupt implantation of a fertilized egg; many pro-life supporters see it as an unacceptable abortion drug.

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Also read Abstinence Education Yields Lowest Teen Birth Rate Ever as well as Abstinent Teens the Norm, Moral Sex-Ed Works: Study but nonetheless, Doctors Say Teenage Girls Need More Risk-free Sex