New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg got his "Big Gulp" ban in place last week. The ban does not allow for sugary drinks over 16 ounces to be sold. However, feel free to purchase as many 16 ounce drinks as you like at one time. Yesterday, the same health board that passed that nonsense, voted to allow the distribution of the morning after pill to teenage girls without parental consent.

This is absolute insanity. You can't purchase a 20 ounce Coke in New York City, but abortifacients? Yeah they're ok with that for teenage girls. On top of it, they can give these to teenage girls under 18 without a prescription from their doctor and without parental notification.

The New York Post reports,

The Department of Education is giving morning-after pills and other birth-control drugs to students at 13 high schools, The Post has learned.

School nurse offices stocked with the contraceptives can dispense “Plan B” emergency contraception and other oral or injectable birth control to girls without telling their parents — unless parents opt out after getting a school informational letter about the new program.

CATCH — Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health — is part of a citywide attack against the epidemic of teen pregnancy, which spurs many girls — most of them poor — to drop out of school.

Plan B is typically sold as an over-the-counter medication, but those under age 18 need a prescription. For the CATCH program, students can tell a trained school nurse they had unprotected sex. The student will then get a test to see if she is already pregnant; if not, the prescription is issued and she can walk out with the pill.

Hadley Heath, with Independent Women's Forum writes in response to the measure:

It's clear what the advantages will be: In New York City, about 7,000 girls get pregnant each year. This disrupts their education, and half of these pregnancies end in abortion. I'm sure the thought is that offering "Plan B" to students will reduce the number of unexpected pregnancies at school.

But there are two sides to every coin:

This pill is not a piece of candy. There are real health-related questions about making it available to 14 year olds. Remember, it's called "Plan B," and is intended for occasional use. I'd hate to think of immature students using it instead as "Plan A," unneccessarily flushing their developing bodies with these hormones too frequently. Yes, I know the FDA says it's safe. But it certainly isn't best. This could mean that students reduce their condom use, too, which could expose them to a higher risk of contracting an STD.

Furthermore, think about what this means culturally about the value of sexual intimacy. Is it too much to ask of high schoolers to focus on their studies and enjoy being kids? And by making "Plan B" available at school - from the nurse - aren't we cutting out an important middleman, the parent?

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is statism. This is what the government thinks about you and your kids. They think they own them. They think they should be allowed to help determine their sex life, pro-creation, sexual orientation, what they think and what they eat. In the government's eyes they are not gifts from God to you, but rather agents of the state to be used as they see fit. Furthermore, they think you have no rights as parents, except when they want to turn the tables on you and make you responsible for you child's conduct. Don't worry, that last one there is coming soon enough.

It is truly disgusting that New York City parents are not up in arms over this and demanding that the state cease and desist what they are doing in regards to dispensing contraception to children without parental consent.

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