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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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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

 

Quoting futureshock:


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.

 Really?  I said that?  If that is the case then I guess you want them to skip responsibility...forget about learning self-control and just pop a pill for everything.

 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:28 AM

 

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

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?

 

 

 Personal responsibility always works when someone bothers to teach it and hold the student accountable.  We teach responsibility for so many other things and the lesson is learned....why give this one a pass?

 

mandaday
by Silver Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM
When they are grown they will be better suited to make responsible choices, seeing as they, unlike their counterparts who were denied this education, still have an understanding of the importance of protection and homes to use it.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 


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?


 

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brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM



Quoting yourspecialkid:

 

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?

 

What par t of-That doesn't work didn't you understand?

If a teenager needs planned B the, "Keep your pants up" did not work. No amount of shaming them will make them safe from being pregnant. Know what will make them safe from being pregnant? Planned B.

As as the health commissioner pointed out not only has this reduced Teen pregnancy but it also has delayed the sexual activity for more teens. That's right. They didn't as you suggest say, "Oh there are ways to avoid pregnancy and keep myself safe from STD's. I should have More sex and sooner!"

Pregnancies have gone down and the kids are waiter longer. Do you have a problem with less pregnancies and kids waiting longer to start having sex?

Or are you just upset that educating kids about sex and equipping them to protect themselves from pregnancies works?

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

ashleyrenee24
by Ashley on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

 As I was saying, when has man kind just "kept it in their pants"? Not even in the glorified 1950s.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

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?

 

 

 Personal responsibility always works when someone bothers to teach it and hold the student accountable.  We teach responsibility for so many other things and the lesson is learned....why give this one a pass?

 

 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

 

Quoting mandaday:

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?


 

 Unnecessary pharmaceuticals are rarely the better choice.  Some abstinance education is working.  It depends on how it is presented.  There was a really good program...Illinois I think...it didn't focus on the not having sex part..but the responsiblity part..it was part of a greater program to keep kids in school..graduate them.

It is like many other things...it is all in the handling.  My Mom handled it in a great way..."if you come home pregnant, being pregnant is going to be the least of your worries."  I have chose a responsibility/consequences approach for my sons.  My oldest and I have had some very good conversations..he has input some things I would not have thought of...like if he got a girl pregnant..she didn't tell him and he had a child he never knew about...other stuff. 

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:34 AM



Quoting yourspecialkid:

 

Quoting futureshock:


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.

 Really?  I said that?  If that is the case then I guess you want them to skip responsibility...forget about learning self-control and just pop a pill for everything.

 

When the idea of, "Teach abstinence" Clearly doesn't work then it is time to explore different ideas.

And considering this new idea is actually working. Less pregnancies and they are waiting longer to have sex. Then clearly it is a better choice.

Apparently educating kids about sex and the tools to protect themself actually helps them with self-control and making better choices.

Hiding the facts and information from them just makes them ignorant and more likely to make "mistakes". Making a kid ignorant and then blaming them for being ignorant seems..... Ignorant.


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yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:36 AM

 

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

 As I was saying, when has man kind just "kept it in their pants"? Not even in the glorified 1950s.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

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?

 

 

 Personal responsibility always works when someone bothers to teach it and hold the student accountable.  We teach responsibility for so many other things and the lesson is learned....why give this one a pass?

 

 

 ....just went right over your head didn't it?

 

yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

 

Quoting brookiecookie87:

 

 

Quoting yourspecialkid:

 

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?

 

What par t of-That doesn't work didn't you understand?

If a teenager needs planned B the, "Keep your pants up" did not work. No amount of shaming them will make them safe from being pregnant. Know what will make them safe from being pregnant? Planned B.

As as the health commissioner pointed out not only has this reduced Teen pregnancy but it also has delayed the sexual activity for more teens. That's right. They didn't as you suggest say, "Oh there are ways to avoid pregnancy and keep myself safe from STD's. I should have More sex and sooner!"

Pregnancies have gone down and the kids are waiter longer. Do you have a problem with less pregnancies and kids waiting longer to start having sex?

Or are you just upset that educating kids about sex and equipping them to protect themselves from pregnancies works?

 Gotta go....you need to read the rest of my answers.  Abstinance education does work when presented in the right way.

 

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM



Quoting yourspecialkid:

 

Quoting ashleyrenee24:

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?

 

 

 Personal responsibility always works when someone bothers to teach it and hold the student accountable.  We teach responsibility for so many other things and the lesson is learned....why give this one a pass?

 


Are you missing the point that these are teenagers. And they don't always make the right choice?

Sometimes someone has to grown up and become an adult before being responsible.  This helps them reach becoming an adult and maturing before having a kids.

Not to mention it is lowering the pregnancy rate AND they are waiting longer. Do you have a problem with the results of lower pregnancy AND teenagers waiting longer? Or are you just upset that it is working better than teaching abstinence only?

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