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September 24th, 2012
03:17 PM ET

NYC parents union Pres. and Assist. Commissioner, NYC Health Dept. on schools dispensing "morning after" pill

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.


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  1. Mark

    This is a ridiculous usurp of parental responsibility. So what are schools teaching kids? This is why our schools are failing and our nation ranks so low in the world. Instead of teaching math, science, history, and English, we are raising them in a social experiment that will ultimately disable them from functioning as individuals with free thought and aware of consequences. You've already heard the argument about giving kids Tylenol without parents’ permission. This is just outrageous that a few socialist weenies can plough their way into health care decisions for minors without parental permission. The only justifiable invasion into children’s health care is in the case of abuse or neglect. Poor communication between parents and kids does not justify it. All you do is teach them that their parents are irrelevant and they can do whatever they want.

    September 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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