Should High Schools Have Morning-After Pills? Unfortunately, YES

Yesterday I read an article on NBC New York’s website, which stated the following:

The New York City Department of Education is making the morning-after-pill available to high school girls at 13 public schools. The DOE says girls as young as 14 will be able to get the Plan B emergency contraception without parental consent. Parents have been notified about the CATCH pilot program and how their daughters can opt out of it. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she supports the program because high school students are sexually active and getting pregnant. The city says about 7,000 girls get pregnant by the time they reach the age of 17. NYC schools already distribute free condoms to students.

As much as I’m saddened to say this as a grown ass man with A LOT of little goddaughters running around the place, and who PROBABLY will have a daughter sometime in the [preferably FAR] future, I actually think this idea is very useful to preventing UNWANTED pregnancies. But if we’re gonna have a serious discussion about this topic we must retain the ability to be EXTREMELY honest about the state of our children’s sexual activities, or else this conversation will be completely pointless. The reality is that MANY high school students (as young as grade nine) are out here getting it in, and the teen pregnancy rates MORE than confirm that, so let’s not even embrace the anti-intellectual ideology that Plan B pills will INCREASE the level of sexual interaction, because that’s a BULLSH*T fallacy. Teens are horny and they want some nani/richard and giving them condoms WHILE in high school was one of the best things we could have done for them – so why not take it to the further extent and get plan B?

The reality of teen sex is that much of it is marked by irresponsibility, especially since its’s KIDS trying to get their grown-ass adult vibe on and have sex like big mature people, yet constantly make stupid, immature mistakes like believing the PULL-OUT method is a SUCCESSFUL way to prevent pregnancy.

But I’m willing to concede that this idea should NOT be done, IF it’s opposers can create a realistic game-plan on how we can SIGNIFICANTLY reduce TEEN SEX, because that’s the REAL crux of the issue. We can all sit here and debate whether young girls are mature enough to get morning-after pills or handle condoms, but when are we going to address the FACT that they want to crush a lot? So, should the morning after pill be made available to high school students? In a perfect world, NO, because they would be too busy studying and eating their Wheaties to worry about sex – but since we DON’T live in a perfect world, reducing teen pregnancy needs to be handled in a grown, forthright and brutally honest manner – so give them their pills [with an optional ass-whooping attached].

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog ThisIsYourConscience.com, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.

71 Comments

  1. lincolnanthonyblades

    09/25/2012 at 3:44 AM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, Are You OK With Plan-B Being Available To Young Girls In High School?

  2. mena

    09/25/2012 at 5:32 AM

    So what's next? Having abortion clinics inside of the schools? And I am being serious about that question.

    Here's the main problem: the schools give out free condoms so one would think that that would stop the spread of STI's and pregnancy. Obviously, it's not since now we need to start giving kids the morning after pill. So not only are kids having sex, but now they are STILL having unprotected sex and using the morning after pill so they can run buck wild. There are no consequences for their actions and yes, some consequences need to be devastating for it to have a lasting effect.

    I remember the face of AIDS and it wasn't a face that was buff and beautiful. It was a face of death staring back at you and it scared you senseless. IT WAS REALISTIC BC YOU COULD SEE IT. It was enough to cause society to take note of their sexual activities and promote safe sex. Now, bc of the work and advances in medicine, many people have forgotten about the horrors of AIDS and this new generation has never seen the face of AIDS the way my generation did. The fear is gone (which is a good and bad thing). And the kids today don't understand the dire consequences of having unprotected sex.

    That's my entire problem with promoting the morning after pill to children by handing it out in school like candy. You are, in a way, promoting unprotected sex. Kids aren't wearing condoms so that they don't get AIDS or any other STDs bc the visual impact isn't there anymore. They are wearing them so that they don't get pregnant.

    Screw the argument that giving condoms promotes kids having sex (which there is some truth there). By giving kids the morning after pill you are taking away the one visual that scares them enough so that they actually use condoms which is pregnancy.

  3. Smilez_920

    09/25/2012 at 7:48 AM

    No. All that's going to do is have teenage boys 1) give girls more reasons not to use condoms 2) collect morning after pills and crush them in his gf chocolate milk out the cafateria .

    Some of girls aren't pregnant because they don't know about the morning after pill and can't get contraceptives . They are pregnant because they want to be, they think its cute , they think it makes them grown, they see their friends doing it, they think baby = adult, their thinking about all the cute clothes the baby will have, they want a piece a some knuckle head boy who doesn't want them or isn't ready for a baby, they want love, they want a title or purpose, they have nothing else going on in their life that's not worth losing.

    We don't need to waste tax payers money on this. Get more after school activities , college prep courses in hs, and others resources and this wouldn't be the main concern. I'm sure there's some correlation between high school girls who are pregnant and income/socioeconomic circumstances.

    ( not saying every girl situation is this way)

  4. kinsey

    09/25/2012 at 8:41 AM

    Our country is full of idiots…. Sex education to these young kids needs to stArt at home as a dinner table conversation. oooo don't you dare turn your nose up at that idea. sex and the idea of sex is ALL around us; in the tv that we watch, music we hear, and even in the streets and billboard signs. if the parent doesn't openly communicate about sex with their child they will learn from the world and that is bad. I think sex education also needs to go back to being in these schools.

    When you keep an open communication with your kids it not only builds an indestructible bond it creates knowledge ad understanding for your kids and they are better at making decisions bc they were taught to communicate and think about their actions before they even do it.

    Parents should make sure their kids understand what sex is all about, and the serious life changing consequences that can come with having unprotected sex. teach your kids the importance of condoms and other contraceptives.

    I so have to agree that giving HS girls the morning after pill is taking away one of those fears of pregnancy and giving them more incentives to have unsafe sex. what happens when a girl takes morning after pills everyday? is there side effects from this pill that can damage the woman or what if she contracts a disease. morning after pill won't kill that. I believe that it is very irresponsible for our young kids to acting to foolish, but I find it even more irresponsible and embarrassing that these parents were brave enough to lay down and get pregnant strong enough to have and support them but lazy cowardly and weak to teach them. our kids are supposed to be better and wiser than us, don't make their generation falter bc your generation is screwed up.

  5. cynicaloptmst81

    09/25/2012 at 9:43 AM

    As a mother, you need to call me first. Thats not something the parent(s) should NOT be involved in. *deep sigh*

    I'm glad I have two sons, lol. But, kids have no fear anymore. I was AFRAID to get pregnant. Honestly, it didn't keep me pure (infrequent and while in relas), but it kept me very serious about prevention. My mother told me what the consequences of that action would be, and I believed her crazy self, LOL!

    Parents need to remember to put some fear in these kids…too busy being "friends", smh.

  6. Ange

    09/25/2012 at 10:57 AM

    This is a tough one. I believe that the problems lies some with parenting and lack of information from sources they trust. Now granted some folks will have all of the education you can give and just decide to go do what they want to do. Most don't understand the concept of being pregnant at a young age and struggling nor have they looked into the face of a dying AIDS patient, talked with a woman who is infertile because her gonorrhea went undetected for years. Forget that talking, when I have children I want them to volunteer and see what it is like from their own eyes. You can talk until you are blue in the face, but to witness things first hand is different. As a nurse practitioner who constantly sees poor girls come in with multiple children, teens with reccurrent STIs, etc. I think that they should be able to have access to the morning after pill. Again, I totally agree that sex education is needed and not just to hand out methods of birth control but that doesn't treat the underlying problem. The youth need some one investing in them, helping them understand their self worth and develop self-esteem. We need more mentors.

  7. MistaHarsh

    09/25/2012 at 12:03 PM

    this is like teaching your son how to do a bid before he even becomes a criminal. Its a sad state of affairs when organizations that are supposed to take preventative measures are realigning to take the "we'll be here when you mess up" approach.

    Is there an age restriction for Plan B? and if not what difference does it make that the school makes it accessible when its already available to be purchased at a drug store? If there is an age limit they need the parents consent and I'm assuming taking this at a young age can lead to medical issues if used inappropriately.

    These people are missing the point: kids are irresponsible by nature and haven't learned about accountability yet, having Plan b available is going to enable them more than giving them a sense of responsibility.
    It would be interesting to know which schools they will target and whether the money/time/attention spent on this initiative would be better spent on getting updated text books and better school facilities in those same schools.

  8. KemaVA

    09/25/2012 at 12:53 PM

    As a former NYC HS student that got pregnant at 17 I agree with the schools doing this.

    They have an opt out option so parents that are strongly against this have an out. Parents that dont take the time to opt out probably dont really think that much about their child's sexuality anyway.

    I have sons so while I dont think about birth control much I do think about stds. I make sure they do too.

  9. Smilez_920

    09/25/2012 at 3:02 PM

    Linc, lets be honest while this will stop some teen pregnancy , it's not doing the full job of teaching our children about sexual responsibility. Yes it's a parents job but clearly parents are dropping the ball. If the schools can actually afford this without it taking away from another important area from the school budget then do it.

    But pregnancy isn't the only issue. What about std's you can't abort HIV. If we're going to pass out these pills we need to have STD testing on site at these high schools because these kids won't be using plan B as a back up option, they'll be using it as a first choice. I mean there's only so many times you can take the pill . What about if you get pregnant over winter vacation , but because you knew the pill was at school you just said " f condoms ".

    I don't care if they give it out because I know the state is behind it because it will save then more money in the long run then having to support these teen moms. But I'm telling you some of these girls are having these babies because of other reasons than just lack of controspetives. How do we handle those girls. This also takes the focus off of the males responsibilty when it comes to sex. I can see so many high school boys going raw dog because they know they have the pill as a backup . ( not to say condoms don't break).

    Im just not excited that we've had to come to this point.

  10. GrandCentral

    09/25/2012 at 3:08 PM

    Give teenage girls access to everything. I want to live in a country where teenage pregnancy doesn't exist. Teens are having sex and people need to get over it , move on and keep them safe. I commend Speaker Quinn and NYC Public Schools on this decision.

  11. MistaHarsh

    09/25/2012 at 4:31 PM

    Don't you think this is a slippery slope? The same rationale can be used for lowering the age limit of legally purchasing alcohol we already know kids are getting wasted at an early age. So lets have it available in the cafe next to the cartoon of milk. That way the drinking is under our supervision.

    also plan b has side effects and disrupts your cycle I wonder if these teens will be aware/care about that.

  12. mena

    09/25/2012 at 5:22 PM

    http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2012/0
    "And while I’m not completely convinced New York’s CATCH program is an accident waiting to happen, the fact is, once a student comes asking the school nurse for the morning-after pill, these efforts have already failed."
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/1101
    Professor Paton commented, "Our study illustrates how government interventions can sometimes lead to unfortunate unintended consequences. The fact that STI diagnoses increased in areas with EBC schemes will raise questions over whether these schemes represent the best use of public money."

  13. mena

    09/25/2012 at 5:36 PM

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/01/1101
    Professor Paton commented, "Our study illustrates how government interventions can sometimes lead to unfortunate unintended consequences. The fact that STI diagnoses increased in areas with EBC schemes will raise questions over whether these schemes represent the best use of public money."

  14. Lilly

    09/26/2012 at 9:28 AM

    My only problem with this is WHY AREN'T THEY GIVING AWAY THE PILL? Wouldn't THAT be a BETTER STEP FIRST!!!

  15. rizan

    10/10/2012 at 4:21 AM

    That's exactly what I said. So now instead of combating that problem we want to add Plan B into the mix? Next it will be, students won't take plan B so let's start offering abortion services.

    If the kids want plan B so much or they need it, they should walk to the pharmacy to get it. This is doing NOTHING but promoting unprotected sex to it's fullest form. I can only IMAGINE how the STD rates will go sky high. Atomoxetine

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  17. Jack Chatham

    05/29/2013 at 1:17 AM

    Are these the same people complaining about welfare mothers? hello? I lost my virginity in 9th grade in 1974 in a CATHOLIC SCHOOL. And trust me nothing has or is gonna change, Do whatever it takes to prevent teen pregnancy and leave your sanctimony at the door when the bell rings.

  18. Juliana@birthcontrol

    01/20/2015 at 10:42 AM

    Fortunately yes. But it should come with a great deal of sex eduacation. Let them know that the number one choice is abstinence. In a distant second is the use of condoms and, finally, the plan B. Well, unless we are willing to sing another song.

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