News out of NYC

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This weekend I planned out four (yes four) new blog posts – because that is how excited I am to start writing here and generating conversation about sexuality education. But then! I sat down to write and discovered an amazing piece of news coming out of New York City. Perhaps you’ve already seen it.

As a part of the CATCH (Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health) program, girls as young as 14 will be able to get Plan B emergency contraception without parental consent. Thirteen NYC public schools will be making the morning-after-pill available to high school girls in an effort to drive down the number of teen pregnancies (about 7,000 a year).

What stood out to me about this news blast is Christine Quinn’s bold statement on why this pilot program is necessary. She says, “High school students are very sexually active and getting pregnant so we don’t have that luxury to think that they are too young to be engaged in conversations about contraception and sexual education.” High five, Christine!

I will be curious to track the response of the students and parents to this new offering, and to follow the flurry of conversation that will most definitely arise.

The news reminded me of a local bold move from the Hyde Square Task Force. Their big moment advocating for condom availability and comprehensive sex education in BPS is almost two years old at this point, and makes me wonder…what ever happened with that? Does anyone know? I’m going to investigate and get back to you. Stay tuned!

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