NY teens get free contraception at school, no parental consent needed
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CREATED Sep. 25, 2012
It's called the 'Catch' program. It's the first of its kind in the nation, meant to target teen pregnancy by giving public school students in New York access to birth control.
But here's the catch, contraception including Plan B is doled out by school nurses and students don't need parental consent.
And we are hearing from many of you on our Fox 4 Rising Facebook page, both in favor and against.
Christine Castillo writing in: "I could see having safe sex discussions, etc. but to give out the morning after pill freely I feel is encouraging non-safe sex."
Joe Russo counters: "I have an idea, offer the pill and allow each person to make up their own mind."
Stephanie Erin Trout, not in favor: "I'm sick to my stomach thinking about my children going to school for a morning after pill and the school giving it to her behind my back."
Noemi offering some perspective: "I believe if parents would have the courage to talk about it to their children you can avoid them becoming teen parents."
Parents can opt their children out of the program that provides the free contraception.
Colleen Hogan, reporter