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-- new program here in the new York city schools district giving access to the morning after pill to girls as young as fourteen.
Without their parents permission.
Believe why don't -- report carried through his live with the details good morning here.
Good morning Steve city data shows that over half of all city high school students are sexually active by the time they finish high school.
And Health Department officials say they hope this pilot program will help to fight teen pregnancy.
The pilot program is called catch and it initially launched in January 2011 since then it has expanded to a total of thirteen high schools across New York City including this one right here behind me the high school a fashion industries here in Chelsea.
Basically under this program students as young as fourteen.
Can get birth control and plan B commonly known as the morning after pill without their parents' permission now parents can sign a form.
If they want their child to opt out of the program -- Health Department officials say so far just about one to 2% of parents have.
-- that forms their child can opt out of this program.
Health Department spokesperson said quote we are committed to trying new approaches like this pilot program in place since January 2011.
To improve the situation that can have.
Lifelong consequences now this program is the first of its kind in the state it may even be -- first of its kind in the nation Health Department officials say so far it's still too soon -- to tell.
Whether it's been effective at reducing teen pregnancy.
Here in the city.
Reporting from Chelsea this morning Carey drew Steve back -- you.
Period -- you very much.
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