The New York Department of Health launches a program to reduce unplanned pregnancies.
The New York Department of Health and Mental Health began delivering Plan B contraceptive pills on Monday at school clinics and community health centers, according to a department spokesman.
CBS New York reported that high school students under the age of 14 receive contraception without informing parents in 13 public high schools in New York City.
However, Health Ministry spokesman Jan Feinberg said parents had been notified of the program in advance and had the opportunity to cancel the subscription. Generally, 1 to 2 percent of parents choose not to participate in similar programs, according to Weinberg.
According to a statement from the Department of Health, more than 7,000 residents of New York City under the age of 17 get pregnant each year. More than 90 percent of pregnancies are unplanned, and about 64 percent are completed.
“We are committed to experimenting with new approaches, such as the pilot program implemented since January 2011, to improve the situation that may have lifelong consequences,” the Ministry of Health wrote.
The distribution of Plan B is part of a program called Teenage Conception Health (CATCH), which also provides free condoms at school clinics.
The latest program, less than a week after the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued new guidelines, recommends that physicians provide teenagers with low-maintenance contraceptives, such as IUDs and implants.
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