13 city schools offer free Plan B to students
The morning after pill is now part of the lesson plan at some schools throughout the city, including five in Brooklyn.
As part of the city's new first-of-its-kind CATCH program, or Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health, 13 city schools will provide free access to Plan B. In the borough, Boys and Girls, Clara Barton, W.H. Maxwell Career and Technical Education, Abraham Lincoln and Paul Robeson high schools are participating in the pilot program.
Officials say students can go to their nurse's office and say they've had unprotected sex. They will then have to take a pregnancy test and if they're not pregnant, they'll receive the Plan B pill.
According to a Department of Health spokesperson, only 1 to 2 percent of parents opted their children out of the program. Statistics show 7,000 females in the city became pregnant by age 17, with more than 90-percent being unplanned.