A controversial new program in the New York City public school system is giving girls as young as 14 years old access to the morning-after pill without their parents' permission.

WNYW reporter Kerry Drew tells us that over half of the city’s high school students are sexually active by the time they finish high school. Health Department officials are hoping that this pilot program, called ‘Catch,’ will help to fight teen pregnancy. It initially launched in January 2011 and has since expanded to 13 high schools across New York City.

Parents are given the option to have their child opt out of the program, but according to the Health Department few have done so.


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A Health Department spokesperson said of the program, “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.”