Morning-after pills available at 13 NYC schools

Morning-after pills available at 13 NYC schools

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BOSTON - FEBRUARY 27: The Plan B pill, also known as the "morning after" pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf February 27, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. Many states may have to deal with legislation that would expand or restrict access to the drug since the federal government has not made a decision to make the pill available without a prescription. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Posted on September 24, 2012 at 5:38 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York City Department of Education is making the morning-after-pill available to high school girls at 13 public schools.

The DOE says girls as young as 14 will be able to get the Plan B emergency contraception without parental consent.

Parents have been notified about the CATCH pilot program and how their daughters can opt out of it.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she supports the program because high school students are sexually active and getting pregnant.

The city says about 7,000 girls get pregnant by the time they reach the age of 17. It says more than half choose to get an abortion.

NYC schools already distribute free condoms to students.
 

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