Free Birth Control–at School

I’m always on the look-out for news items affecting teens. This morning, I learned New York is dispensing birth control (the morning-after pill) to girls as young as fourteen–in public schools. Officials started the campaign to lower the staggering number of pregnant teens each year. Right now, the statistic stands at 7,000 girls between the ages of 15-17 in NY schools turning up pregnant each year. More than 66% of these pregnancies end in abortion.

Fifty public NY high schools are participating in the campaign. Parents can opt out their child if they wish; although, not even two percent have done so.

The reasoning behind the push is kids shouldn’t have to live with a mistake for the rest of their lives. Not surprisingly, this campaign has met with controversy…

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

What do you think of dispensing birth control in schools?

Good idea or not?

As always, thanks for stopping by.   😉

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2 responses to “Free Birth Control–at School

  1. Seeing as not having birth control doesn’t stop teens from having sex (only SAFE sex), I think birth control in schools should be par for the course, though I do wish that more emphasis could be placed on condoms. Unwanted pregnancies are not the only undesirable consequences of sex.

    • I agree–lack of birth control doesn’t stop sex. And yes, unwanted pregnancies are only one consequence. Some of my teen friends have been distraught over other results. (Which can be permanent.)

      Thanks for reading and for your thoughts!

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