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Most parents don't refute programs to prescribe teens contraceptives

New York City has been trying to reduce the rate of unwanted teenage pregnancies by distributing morning-after pills, such as Plan B, and contraceptives to high school students for the past year, as reported by The New York Times. So far, few parents have brought up issues with the program.

Currently, doctors and nurses prescribe contraception and provide condoms, which protect against sexually transmitted diseases. During the first quarter of 2012, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported that there have been 15,411 newly diagnosed infections of chlamydia, 3,480 incidents of gonorrhea and 206 diagnoses of syphilis.

During the 2011 to 2012 school year, more than 550 students received Plan B and health providers prescribed another 580 teens birth-control pill Reclipsen through the program. However, there are many others that seek these drugs or go to outside clinics for them.

"In New York City, [more than] 7,000 young women become pregnant by age 17 - 90 percent of which are unplanned," Alexandra Waldhorn of the New York Health Department, told The Times. "We are committed to trying new approaches, like this pilot program in place since January 2011, to improve a situation that can have lifelong consequences."

Teen pregnancy is a nationwide problem that calls for more education and resources. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 367,752 babies were born to mothers who were between the ages of 15 and 19 in 2010. This may be an all-time low for the country, but there is still a need for a greater decrease.