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N.Y. schools hand out morning-after pill to teens

NEED TO KNOW
  • Pilot program taking drastic measures to curb teen pregnancy
  • 70% of girls who get pregnant drop out of school

Some New York schools are offering the "morning-after pill" to students as young as 14 years old, and their parents don't have to know about it. It's a pilot program at a few schools right now, and parents can opt their kids out of the program. 

As you can imagine, this plan to supply "Plan B" to teens has people talking. 

Is it even legal for schools to offer the drug?

HLN's Ryan Smith says it is legal. As long as parents have the option to not participate, there's no problem. Once they opt-in though, girls as young as 14 can get the pills without mom or dad ever having to know.

Buy why even take such a controversial step in the first place? There are some pretty shocking numbers to support it. According to the NY Health Department:

  • 46% of NYC teens have sex
  • 7,000 New York girls are pregnant by 17
  • 90% of pregnancies are unplanned
  • 70% of teen moms drop out of school

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