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    A program in New York City public schools is allowing students to receive free morning-after pills and other birth control medication - and parents might not know about it.

    The program, Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health (CATCH), is the first of its kind in the nation. According to the New York Post, the National Association of School Nurses says no other school district in the country gives students free access to emergency contraception.

    Parents might be unaware their kids are participating in CATCH because students at 13 participating schools are given an opt-out letter that parents have to sign and return.

    But if the form is not returned, students are automatically enrolled and can be given emergency contraception without parental consent.

    The New York City Department of Education says only 1 to 2 percent of parents opted their kids out, reported the Post.

    The pilot program intially began with five schools in early 2011, and expanded to 14 schools. One school has since withdrawn from the program.


    Although many parents might not be pleased about their kids getting free emergency contraception at school without their knowledge, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said parental consent should not be required.

    "I think that it is correct to not have parental notification," Quinn told WCBS 880. "Just as I do as it relates to no parental notification around abortions because the complexity of it, although reflexively that sounds right, it really will end up in reality rendering the resource useless for many of the girls who need it most."

    Despite the moral dilemmas over parental consent, the city has been doing what it can to reduce teen pregnancy in its schools.

    Condoms have been available for free in public high schools for several years. And in 2011, the city made sex-education classes that taught how to put on a condom a mandatory class in high schools, as well as middle schools.

    The effort appears to have worked. According to the city's statistics, teen pregnancies have decreased every year since 2000.

    But teen pregnancy rates remain high in the city's poorer neighborhoods, and because the majority of the 13 schools enrolled in CATCH are in low-income areas, the new program could act as a way to reduce that number with free emergency contraception pills.

    The cost of a Plan B dose can cost as much as $50.

    According to the Department of Health's website, "teens in high-poverty neighborhoods are three times more likely to become pregnant than teens in low-poverty neighborhoods."
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    Tax dollars well spent.

    "Here honey, you are too fucking stupid to remember to put on a condom or take a pill everyday, so we will give this to you for free because you are so fucking incapable of taking care of yourself."

    We have truly become a nanny state.

    What people fail to realize is that the more the government provides for our every day needs, the more control they have over our lives.
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    Birth control is a hell of a lot cheaper than educating, medical care and paying for another child. This will save the state multi-millions.

    Super poor, uneducated teenagers DO NOT need to be reproducing anymore. They certainly will not be good parents. Maybe if these girls stop having kids, and wait to grow up a little, we will solve our inner city problems.

    I am 100% for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    "Here honey, you are too fucking stupid to remember to put on a condom or take a pill everyday, so we will give this to you for free because you are so fucking incapable of taking care of yourself."
    Slightly reactionary, no?

    Accidents can and do happen (condoms do break occasionally, for example)...It doesn't necessarily mean that the girl is "stupid", maybe she is, maybe she isn't...However, the fact that she is showing enough responsibility to actually go and seek out emergency contraception, contentious as it may well be, is an indication that perhaps she isn't quite as "stupid" as you make out.
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    So...A high school freshman can't buy a 17oz soda, but free government birth control is cool?
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    Better than some girl popping a kid on prom night and leaving it in the garbage or locker room.
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    I don't say too much around here.

    But it seems to me that so many of us feel as if we are forced to be involuntary bystanders in game that will decide the outcome of the most precious and important things in our lives.

    Not to point at one side of the political spectrum or the other because I feel this quote better suits the current state of our culture than politics, but damn if Paul Ryan's quote doesn't hit home:

    a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country where everything is free but us.

    Why not just hand our kids over to the state when they're born - it appears I will have no jurisdiction in their lives anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus H Christ View Post
    So...A high school freshman can't buy a 17oz soda, but free government birth control is cool?
    Beat me to it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by F'nRockstar View Post
    Birth control is a hell of a lot cheaper than educating, medical care and paying for another child. This will save the state multi-millions.

    Super poor, uneducated teenagers DO NOT need to be reproducing anymore. They certainly will not be good parents. Maybe if these girls stop having kids, and wait to grow up a little, we will solve our inner city problems.

    I am 100% for this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus H Christ View Post
    So...A high school freshman can't buy a 17oz soda, but free government birth control is cool?
    LOLOLOL so true...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus H Christ View Post
    So...A high school freshman can't buy a 17oz soda, but free government birth control is cool?

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    It boggles my mind that people think it is ok that the fucking government is PAYING for birth control.

    Are we that fucking stupid as a society, that we need the government to help us with some of the most basic of bodily functions?

    It is not a moral issue for me, I don't give a shit that someone is taking a morning after pill, it is cheaper than the abortion that the government will end up paying for. And in hindsight, I am sure it is the cheaper option, but it shouldn't be an option at all.

    I just have a real problem with the US government becoming involved in every little decision in our lives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dibblekins View Post
    Slightly reactionary, no?

    Accidents can and do happen (condoms do break occasionally, for example)...It doesn't necessarily mean that the girl is "stupid", maybe she is, maybe she isn't...However, the fact that she is showing enough responsibility to actually go and seek out emergency contraception, contentious as it may well be, is an indication that perhaps she isn't quite as "stupid" as you make out.
    She can't go to the store and buy it herself? Are you kidding me? Why is it the governments responsibility?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    She can't go to the store and buy it herself? Are you kidding me? Why is it the governments responsibility?
    Look at it this way, we as taxpayers can pay for an abortion pill, or we can pay to raise the illegitimate son of a bitch for the rest of his/her life.

    Look, they're not doing this everywhere, nor will they. They're doing this in inner city schools where girls are having sex and getting pregnant at a young age, maybe even because they were raised with the mentality that if they can get prego and have kids the government will take care of them for the rest of their lives through welfare programs.

    lesser of 2 evils I suppose.
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    I understand the economics of it, I just don't like the government getting involved with medical decisions, decisions about sexuality, morality, etc.

    Once the government starts paying the bills, they get an even bigger say in what is allowable and what isn't.

    I really just despise the government having this much input in our lives. I know many disagree, but I just don't like it.
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