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Morning-after pills available at 13 NYC schools

Wednesday, September 26, 2012    

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NEW YORK, USA (AP) — The New York City Department of Education is making the morning-after pill available to high school girls at 13 public high schools.

The department said girls as young as 14 will be able to get the Plan B emergency contraception without parental consent.

Parents have, however, been notified about the pilot programme and advised how their daughters can opt out of it.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she was in support of the programme because high school students are sexually active and getting pregnant. The city says about 7,000 girls get pregnant by the time they reach the age of 17. It said more than half choose to get an abortion. NYC schools already distribute free condoms to students.

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