Students at 13 New York City high schools will now have access to the morning-after pill, Plan B, without parent consent.
The New York City Department of Education is providing the morning-after pills through school nurse offices, Fox News reported. School nurse offices can now give Plan B to girls as young as 14 without telling their parents but parents are allowed to "opt out". After receiving a school policy letter, parents can choose to exclude their children from the offer.
The city's Board of Health has said that only 1 to 2 percent of parents have chosen to opt out, reported ABC News. According to health department spokesman Chanel Caraway "this suggests that parents are OK with the service being available to their children". Roughly 5,500 of the 12,000 girls were given the drug last year, the board of health said.
Plan B works like normal birth control pills, but it is taken after unprotected sex to prevent an unplanned pregnancy, said the manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals.
This distribution of Plan B would be the first in the U.S.