On Sunday, The Department of Health confirmed that since January 2011, high schools have been distributing the “Plan B” pills. CATCH (Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health), is a pilot program that allows the underage students to receive prescriptions from Health Department doctors.
Parents can sign a statement if they want to ban their children from the program. Otherwise, schools can hand out the medication without parents’ permission.
Over 7,000 teenage girls in the city become pregnant by age 17, according to the DOH, and 90 percent of those pregnancies are unplanned.