2:57 PM PDT, September 25, 2012
NEW YORK, NY
Some New York high schools are offering students a new service from the school nurse.
They are passing out the so-called morning after pill in hopes of curbing unplanned teen pregnancies.
Last year, the Health Department decided to make the Plan B pill available to students and the pilot program has now expanded to 13 schools.
The program is called CATCH, Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health care, and at all 13 schools involved, parents were notified and given the chance to opt out.
While some students say it's a bad idea, others argue that providing the pills does not encourage teen pregnancy, but rather prevents it.
According to the city, about 7,000 girls get pregnant by the time they turn 17 and more than half of them choose to get an abortion.