A pilot program to distribute morning-after pills and other contraceptives to high school students has sparked little opposition from parents so far. Only between 1 percent and 2 percent of parents returned a form to opt out of the program. The form allowed them to select any or all of four types of reproductive services that they did not want their child to receive, including emergency contraception, birth control pills, pregnancy testing or condoms.
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City officials told the New York Post and the New York Times that the program -- Connecting Adolescents to Comprehensive Healthcare or CATCH -- builds upon a practice at privately operated school-based health centers around the city.
“In New York City, over 7,000 young women become pregnant by age 17 — 90 percent of which are unplanned,” Alexandra Waldhorn, a health department spokeswoman, told the Times. “We are committed to trying new approaches, like this pilot program in place since January 2011, to improve a situation that can have lifelong consequences.”
Health officials said it was too early to tell if the program was effective in reducing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.
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