For the past year 5 New York City high schools have been distributing Plan B to any student over 14 who has requested it. The initiative responsible is called Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Health (CATCH). Hailed as the first American program of it’s kind it “enables teens to access the full range of their reproductive choices, without parental notification, in the event of unwanted pregnancy.”
This is huge and could set a precedent for other cities across the continent. The initiative has been met with little resistance, perhaps due to the extremely high drop out rate of pregnant teens who come to term (70%). 13 more schools in New York have started the CATCH program and it very well may spread to schools out of state as well.
I can’t stress enough how big of a deal this is. In a time of abstinence only sex education this is a very progressive move that is being seen with almost no resistance from parents or other community members. Rationality makes me smile. Hooray for treating teens like people! Sex!