Sound Off for September 24th: Should public schools be handing out Plan B birth control?
Emergency contraceptives are now available to teenagers in New York City schools.
In most cases, the kids who get the drugs can keep that information from their parents.
Contraception supplied in high schools is nothing new, the department has handed out condoms for years.
Now, for the first time, the morning after pill is available to students.
It can prevent pregnancy if taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.
Girls can get the emergency contraception and other oral or injectable birth control without telling their parents - unless parents opt out.
The health department oversees it.
Plan B is typically sold as an over-the-counter medication, but those under age 18 need a prescription.
Parents may bar their kids from getting pregnancy tests or contraceptives if they sign and return an opt-out statement.
If they do not, schools can confidentially give the contraception without permission.
Do you like this program? Would you like to see it in schools here? Or do you feel public school have no business handing out free contraception?
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