Plan B within New York City Schools

25 Sep


New York City Department of Education is launching the CATCH program. CATCH stands for Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health. The program will allow young girls ages 14 and up to be able to receive emergency contraception without parental consent. According to the National Association of Nurses, the New York school district will be the only district to supply plan b within schools. Starting this fall, students will also be able to receive Depo-Provera. Under the CATCH program prescriptions will be written by Health Department Doctors, for such things as oral or injectable contraceptive methods.

What are your thoughts about the CATCH program and sex education within schools? Would your parents allow you to partake in the program? 


2 Responses to “Plan B within New York City Schools”

  1. jennifer ludy grove September 26, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    I find it interesting that this program is set-up as “opt out” as opposed to “opt in.” I would have expected the reverse. I will be curious to find out how long it takes before a parent who didn’t take the initiative to ban his or her daughter from the program finds out that she has received contraceptives without parental approval. This could make for a fascinating court case.

  2. maliakmanor September 30, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    I cannot say that I’m comfortable with this. I think Depro Provera is much too harsh a birth control for girls potentially 14 years of age. Also, I think it’s unfortunate that there is evidence of girls so young needing plan B.

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