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New York City’s Teen Pregnancy Rate Plummeted After High Schools Expanded Access To Plan B

New York City’s Teen Pregnancy Rate Plummeted After High Schools Expanded Access To Plan B

The teen pregnancy rate in New York City dropped by 27 percent over the last decade, a statistic that city officials credit to teens’ expanded access to contraception.

The city’s health commissioner, Tom Farley, told the New York Daily News that the data shows two concurrent trends: more adolescents are choosing to use birth control, and more of them are also delaying sexual intercourse. That’s partly because New York is one of the 21 states that allows all minors to have access to contraceptive services — and two years ago, the public school system began a pilot program to provide Plan B to public school students in districts with high rates of unintended pregnancy:

The city has worked to make it easier for kids to get birth control — giving out condoms at schools and making birth control and the morning-after pill available in some school clinics, a sometimes controversial move.

Farley said the numbers show that strategy is working.

“It shows that when you make condoms and contraception available to teens, they don’t increase their likelihood of being sexually active. But they get the message that sex is risky,” he said. [...]

Teen pregnancy in the city is still higher than it is nationwide, but it has fallen at a sharper rate, officials said.

Despite the promising trends, health officials in the city note that there are still significant racial and geographic disparities among the teens who are getting pregnant. The Bronx has the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the country, and African-American teens in New York City have a much higher pregnancy rate than their white counterparts — 110.7 births for every 1,000 back girls, compared with 16 births for every 1,000 white girls. That trend is evident on a national level, too. Black and Latina women have the highest rates of unplanned pregnancy and, subsequently, the highest rates of abortion.

But the city’s school system is on the right track, since part of addressing the connection between poverty and teen pregnancy is increasing access to affordable birth control. Removing the cost barriers to contraception encourages low-income women to choose longer-lasting, more effective forms of birth control that lower their risk for unintended pregnancy. And increasing adolescents’ access to Plan B is particularly important since the Department of Health and Human Services requires women under the age of 17 to obtain a prescription for Plan B, an unnecessary extra step that is often a barrier preventing adolescents from accessing the contraception they need in a timely manner.

Despite right-wing fervor over Plan B, it is an extremely safe medication that does not actually induce abortion. The majority of parents whose children are enrolled in New York City’s public schools support the city’s initiative to expand access to this type of contraception.

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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 8:46 AM
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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM


They offer them condoms as well.  That being said I would be interested in how it impacts the std rate too.

Quoting LilliesValley:

Awesome. I'd be curious about stds to though. But expanding and helping teen pregnancy is a step in the right direction.



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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

 They would not have needed Plan B if they had kept their pants up to begin with.  If people cannot control something as simple as a sexual impulse what else are they not going to be able to control?

 

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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So we should let these kids get pregnant and then tell them not to have abortions? And then complain when they have kids that they cannot take care of? And then cry about it when they need government help?

Or perhaps we can give them plan B. Put them on birth control (or give them condoms) and educate them about sex, the risk, and protection. So they can grow up, graduate high school, and get a foothold in adulthood before they are having kids?

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 They would not have needed Plan B if they had kept their pants up to begin with.  If people cannot control something as simple as a sexual impulse what else are they not going to be able to control?

 



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If they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn't be in this mess

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

AWESOME!!!!

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM


Quoting gcecelie:

 Great.

And some people need to be educated on what Plan B is. They really think it is same as the pills you can get to have an abortion which is far from what it is.

As far as the discrepency in race, IMO from once being a minority teen, most kids of all races have sex, but safe sex and protecting your future (as in waiting to have children until you are sure you are ready) isn't reinforced amongst peers and people kids choose to look up to. That's a whole other issue though. I've known some guys who really thought having kids from different women versus have all your kids with one who you are with forever was the best decision (guess that was their idea of keeping options open).

Thank-you for sharing this insight.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM
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Quoting yourspecialkid:

 They would not have needed Plan B if they had kept their pants up to begin with.  If people cannot control something as simple as a sexual impulse what else are they not going to be able to control?

 

You are just mad because these kids are not being punished for having sex.

ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

And that advice has worked in the history of man kind when?

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 They would not have needed Plan B if they had kept their pants up to begin with.  If people cannot control something as simple as a sexual impulse what else are they not going to be able to control?

 

 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

 

Quoting brookiecookie87:

 

So we should let these kids get pregnant and then tell them not to have abortions? And then complain when they have kids that they cannot take care of? And then cry about it when they need government help?

Or perhaps we can give them plan B. Put them on birth control (or give them condoms) and educate them about sex, the risk, and protection. So they can grow up, graduate high school, and get a foothold in adulthood before they are having a kid?

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 They would not have needed Plan B if they had kept their pants up to begin with.  If people cannot control something as simple as a sexual impulse what else are they not going to be able to control?

 

 

 

 What part of "keep their pants up" did you not get?  Do we really want our kids thinking there is an easy way out when they are irresponsible?  Shouldn't we be teaching them the importantance of self-control and responsibility?  What is going to happen when they are grown?

 

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:23 AM

good 

mandaday
by Silver Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Yeah, but like many people, they didn't choose to keep their pants up. And since abstinence only education not only doesn't inspire them to keep their pants up either but also does nothing to help them one the pants come down, this does seem to be a better route to take, doesn't it?

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 They would not have needed Plan B if they had kept their pants up to begin with.  If people cannot control something as simple as a sexual impulse what else are they not going to be able to control?


 

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