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Parental Rights Under Attack in NYC

New York City parents, do you know what your kids have access to in public school without your consent? I’m not talking about candy and ice cream here. I’m talking about all kinds of contraception, including the morning-after pill.

The New York Post reports:

Last September, the city revealed it had started giving out Plan B and other birth control in the nurses’ offices of 13 high schools. At the time, officials said 567 girls had gotten Plan B.

But the birth-control blitz was much bigger than the city had acknowledged. About 40 separate “school-based health centers” doled out 12,721 doses of Plan B in 2011-12, up from 10,720 in 2010-11 and 5,039 in 2009-10, according to the newly released data.

About 22,400 students sought reproductive care from January 2009 through last school year, records show. Under state law, minors don’t need parental OKs to get contraceptives.

Yes, you read that right. In New York, minors can acquire hormone-altering drugs at school without parental consent. And we’re not just talking about birth-control pills and the morning-after pill.

Besides “emergency contraception,” about 40 school-based clinics have dispensed prescriptions for birth-control pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs), hormone-delivering injections and Patch and NuvaRing — covering a total 93,569 monthly cycles through June 2012, the report says.

The Post obtained the report under a Freedom of Information Law request.

Handouts of birth-control packets rose from 6,027 in 2009-10 to 10,462 last year. Depo-Provera injections rose from 1,213 to 2,117. Staffers also insert plastic IUDs in the uterus, where they can remain for years.

I have written about the potentially serious side effects of hormone-altering drugs. If you’re not familiar with the potential dangers, please read about them. I write from personal experience. The idea that any hormone-altering drug would be administered to minors without parental consent is horrifying. Not surprisingly, parents aren’t happy about it.

LifeNews.com reports:

Last September, LifeNews reported that a poll found 53 percent of New York City parents oppose the controversial new CATCH program recently instated in 13 NYC public schools. CATCH, which stands for Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Healthcare, is a pilot program established by the city’s Department of Education (DOE) and aimed at curtailing teen pregnancy by making emergency contraceptives, such as Plan B, available to students without parental consent. Public schools already have free condoms available to students.

Parents, make your voices heard. These are serious drugs with potentially serious side effects. Talk to your kids. Make it your business to be aware of what they are putting in their bodies. Don’t allow the system to cut you out of the process.

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