Sunday, September 23, 2012

New York City Schools Giving Out Plan B

But there's a story behind the story...

Parents at the 14 schools were sent letters informing them about CATCH. 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.

An average 1 to 2 percent of parents at each school have returned the opt-out sheets, said DOH spokeswoman Alexandra Waldhorn.


“I don’ t want to be a young kid who gets pregnant and can’t find a job,” one cautious freshman told The Post.

A 14-year-old pal agreed. “I would go to the nurse without telling my parents, and I would ask for help,” she said.

I get the feeling parents don't sign the opt-out form because they prefer their children not coming to them. Isn't it easier when the schools do the parents' job?

My question is: if the kids did not get Plan B or contraception from the schools, would they be getting it at all?

And if not, why?

Is it because parents don't make contraception a high priority?

Parents don't want to deal with their kids' sexual behaviour?

They don't care if their kids get pregnant?

They don't think their kids are having sex?

Why is it that the school board feels this needs to be done?