- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
Birth Control In High Schools
In New York City, several high schools are now handing out "Plan B" the birth control pill that women can take up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. Students as young as 14 have access to the contraceptive through the school nurses. Some parents are angry that the schools have taken such a bold stance on teen pregnancy but the schools say that they have covered all the bases before rolling out the new procedures.
Parents of high school students that attend one of the public high schools in New York City that is participating in this piolet program all received letters and forms in the mail. If they wanted their teenager to not have access to contraception they needed to fill out and sign the paper and send it back. However, if nothing was done and the school was not notified of the parents wishes the school nurse could and would administer the "Plan B" pill to any female student over the age of 14 that asked for it. Furthermore, they are not required to notify parents when contraception is given to the students.
"Plan B" isn't the only way that the New York City school system is trying to lower teen pregnancy, they also allow students (whose parents haven't opted out) access to other forms of birth control. Many parents that are upset have indicated that they either did not receive a letter in the mail or the ones that admit that they don't really look at the mail from their kids' schools.
With 367,752 babies born to teens between the ages 15 and 19 in 2010, doctors and schools are seeing that students are getting taught valuable sex information at home. The risks for fetal complications increase, mental disorders may become a factor and the chances of teens getting their high school diploma decrease. With parents these days avoiding the topic all together schools feel like they need to take control and educate teens on sex and teen pregnancy.
With so many religions and belief sets out there the schools that are trying to reduce teen pregnancy are being met with resistance by parents. Many are upset that they don't need to be notified if their daughters receive birth control and others are upset because they feel that it isn't the school's place to have such a program that would benefit young women.
With changing times and technology the education and parenting styles much change. Outdated sex information and statistics aren't cutting it in 2012. Do you think that the schools should be able to do more as far as sex education and reducing teen pregnancies?