A New York-based family advocate says making emergency
contraceptives available free of charge to high school girls in the
Big Apple is just another "end-run" around parental rights that
ignores spiritual and emotional concerns.
Plan B, the "morning-after" pill,
can be obtained at 13 high schools without parental consent (
see earlier story). The New York City Department of Education
says parents can opt their daughters out of the pilot program --
but that the program is needed to reduce teen pregnancy and
"The truth is, if parents had to be asked before Plan B was
given to a girl ... probably in most of those instances the girl is
going to say Don't call my parents. That's just a fact
...," said City Council speaker Christine Quinn. "And putting
[parental consent] in would render the program just de facto
useless. We need to get this information and Plan B to girls who
Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms tells
OneNewsNow it is shocking how the schools are undermining parental
rights and responding to promiscuity with contraception.
"It's much more than that.
There are spiritual concerns; there are emotional concerns," he
tells OneNewsNow. "Parents should be involved in this conversation
-- and I am afraid that the bottom line message we're sending is,
Hey, it's okay if you just practice safe sex. But the
bottom line is that it is not safe sex -- it is a dangerous
behavior that no child under age 17 can legally consent to in New
McGuire notes that parents were supposedly notified and given
the chance to opt their children out of the tax-funded pilot
program. He discounts those reports.
"Reports are that only one to two percent of the parents said
they do not want their children to receive this. I would estimate
that many parents did not even receive the notice to begin with,"
he states. "Additionally, even when parents said that they do not
want their children to receive this kind of Plan B and
morning-after pills, [students] can still go to private
institutions connected to the schools and get these -- so it seems
like another end-run around parental rights."
According to McGuire, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is
considering strategy to combat the situation -- but he adds: "We
have some arrogant people in the administration who are not going
to be moved very easily on this topic."