A controversial new program in some New York City's public schools is sparking a heated debate among parents this morning. The program called "CATCH,” allows a school nurse to dispense the morning-after pill and birth control pills to students without parental consent.
Currently CATCH is a pilot program at 13 high schools and parents can opt out but many might not even know they can.
This morning on “Starting Point” President of the New York City parents union, Mona Davids and Assistant Commissioner, NYC Health Department, Deborah Kaplan weigh in on the Pilot program.
“40% of young people are sexually active,” says Kaplan. “While we totally encourage them and believe it so critical they talk with their parents not all young people can or feel they can.”
Although all parents have the option to bar their kids from getting pregnancy tests or contraceptives via the opt-out statement, Davids says this is still problematic because “many parents are already not involved.”
Davids adds, “ the parents have a right to know,” for several reasons- two being pre-existing conditions and medical allergies.