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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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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Then it's our job to educate girls to not fall for that line of BS. I'm afraid teaching abstinence only won't properly prepare a girl for your particular scenario. 


Quoting Mystres:

Some one said it, and I will agree with it.  It will encourage them to have sex.  And Unprotected sex, chancing getting STDs.  I mean really the Boy Says "Oh Girl, we dont need a condom, you can just take the Pill and not worry about it, I'm Clean, I promise"




lga1965
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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That was how kids were taught in my day and how my kids were raised ....even though people don't believe me and tell me I'm "living in a bubble". Since teens aren't taught ti have self control anymore,then they need plan B,unfortunately.
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?


 

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tscritch
by Silver Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:06 PM
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 You can teach them, tell them, show them the consequences.....but that is NO GUARANTEE that they won't do it. Having a safe option is a much better choice when all else fails.

 

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

This belief is not based on statistical reality. you are wrong. Read some of the previous posts. Lots of info and proof has been given. 

Quoting Mystres:

Some one said it, and I will agree with it.  It will encourage them to have sex.  And Unprotected sex, chancing getting STDs.  I mean really the Boy Says "Oh Girl, we dont need a condom, you can just take the Pill and not worry about it, I'm Clean, I promise"

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:18 PM

It's no wonder kids in the US are failing in math.  The blog is crediting a 27 % drop over 10 years to a pilot program started 2 years ago...

brookiecookie87
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:26 PM



Quoting 12hellokitty:

It's no wonder kids in the US are failing in math.  The blog is crediting a 27 % drop over 10 years to a pilot program started 2 years ago...


And no wonder our kids are failing in reading comprehension skills. The poster here is suggesting the blog is crediting a 27% drop over 10 years to a pilot program started 2 years ago-When clearly the article points out the drop over 10 years is to the access of CONTRACEPTIVES. Not Plan B (Plan B is not the only contraceptive that exist).

The article later points out that the areas with the highest unplanned pregnancies are the ones that got the Plan B (Two years ago) and says there was a sharp drop in pregnancy rates.  As well as a trend of teens waiting longer.

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

boshs1andonly
by on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Finally someone who makes sense! Lol you have a lot of good points though. My high school had a wellness center that offered counseling, and exams. If it weren't for them, there's no way I would have gotten a pap smear or BC in high school, because my mom never would have taken me. I think that if you give teens the resources, you'd be surprised how many of them make the right choice. 

Quoting brookiecookie87:



Quoting lga1965:

That's good news!


It's also pretty obvious. It's a kin to saying, "When you place Fire Extinguishers next to a building the rate of burned down buildings go down".

But you have people on the opposite end of the spectrum that say, "It will encourage them to have sex!" And oddily it is normally the same set of people who will then say, "Teen pregnancy is a problem!" which is even more odd because it is normally those same people who will also say, "If you are pregnant you need to have the baby!".  Which is even more odd because it is the same people who will also say, "People in America don't want to take responsibility for their families! They have kids at such a young age and have no way to take care of them!"


But as Tom Farley, the city's health commissioner said the data shows two concurrent trends: more adolescent are choosing to use birth control and more of them are also delaying sexual intercourse.


jessilin0113
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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I just don't get the mindset of "here are kids too irresponsible to abstain, let's give 'em a baby".
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mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Read it again. You misunderstood. 

Quoting 12hellokitty:

It's no wonder kids in the US are failing in math.  The blog is crediting a 27 % drop over 10 years to a pilot program started 2 years ago...

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Feb. 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Are you implying that you would turn into a sex maniac if you had access to free birth control and to Plan B? If someone waves condoms and birth control pills in front of you, do you start salivating and humping the first guy that walks by?

Quoting Mystres:

Some one said it, and I will agree with it.  It will encourage them to have sex.  And Unprotected sex, chancing getting STDs.  I mean really the Boy Says "Oh Girl, we dont need a condom, you can just take the Pill and not worry about it, I'm Clean, I promise"



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