"Plan B has become Plan A in the Bloomberg administration's stealth war on teen pregnancy," warns the NY Post in a dramatic lede.
The city is funding a project that entails school-based health centers offering girls a "menu" with a full range of free contraceptives, including the so-called morning after pill. In 2011-12, forty school clinics gave out 12,721 doses of Plan B. That's 318 doses per school in a single year, and that figure has more than doubled since 2009-10.
Last year the school clinics also gave out almost twice as many prescriptions for long-term contraception as in 2009-10, including IUDs and contraceptive pills. According to New York law, minors don't need parental consent to receive contraception, and students with no insurance get birth control free of charge.
Some parents are horrified that emergency contraception is being made so freely available to teens. But other data tells more positive story concerning contraceptives in city schools.
Teen pregnancies in the city have dropped 27% in the last ten years. That's a result of fewer teens having sex, but also because of increased contraceptive use, according to a study from the NYC Health Department. And that increased contraceptive use includes Plan B, made available through schools, reports the New York Daily News.
Via the New York Post and the NY Daily News.