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-- right this for you now the New York City Department of Education -- rolling out a controversial new program today.
Making the so called morning after pill which is an emergency contraception.
Available to girls at thirteen high schools without parental consent Julie Banderas working on the story for us live on New York City newsroom know -- -- it.
The first time New York City has decided to step in and try to control teen pregnancy a first it was condoms now the morning after pill.
Is available to teenage girls here in New York City since apparently preventative contraceptives.
Haven't been enough to prevent young girls from getting pregnant.
The so called caps program which has been in place since January 2011.
Stands for connecting adolescence to comprehensive.
It is being offered at thirteen schools in the city for girls ages thirteen and over it has reportedly been met with very little resistance from parents in fact.
Only one to 2% of eligible parents of opted out of the program which uses.
Doctors from the Health Department and school nurses to prescribed the contraceptives.
They'll form was handed out all the parents and they got to pick any -- all four types of reproductive services that they didn't want their children to receipts.
That included as you mentioned emergency contraception.
It's known as plan B -- -- the morning after pill.
Birth control pills pregnancy testing or condoms and parents were asked to fill out a -- and and essentially most seemed to have no problem that.
I barely know I had it it you know you think about thought I -- city schools that our education system and -- -- of so many.
Of the schools and that education system and you know it raises a lot of questions so you know how big of a problem.
Is teenage pregnancy right now New York City Julie yes it's.
-- big one I mean here according to the New York City Health Department the pilot program is aimed at improving the quote situation they can have lifelong consequences.
And consider the statistics.
Think yeah this is something that possibly might be needed nationwide in New York City alone over 7000.
Become pregnant by age 1790%.
Which are unplanned and that year of 201112.
That school year students received 567.
Emergency contraception known as plan B and 500 -- received the birth control pill.
Now of course this thing just rolled out last year -- so we're gonna have to wait and see whether or not it's been effective in reducing pregnancy or sexually transmitted.
Actually thank you children there.
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