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New York City public schools stealthily gave thousands of teens free morning-after pills

Students in New York public schools can frolic in all the unprotected sex they want without fretting over the natural consequences, thanks to the largesse of the Bloomberg administration.

New York City, which is in debt to the tune of $110 billion, according to Crain’s New York Business, used 40 individual “school-based health centers” to lavish nearly 13,000 free doses of the “morning-after pill” Plan B on students during the 2011-12 school year, the New York Post reports. That number is an increase from 10,720 in 2010-11 and just over 5,000 in 2009-10.

Plan B is an emergency oral contraceptive which can stifle zygotes when taken up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse.

According to The Post, the complimentary Plan B is part of a massive, hush-hush effort by Big Apple bureaucrats to combat teen pregnancy. The health centers also offer sexually active teenagers a veritable cornucopia of other birth control drugs and gadgets. In addition to run-of-the-mill birth control pills, there are intrauterine devices (IUDs), vaginal rings, contraceptive patches and hormone-delivering injections.

According to the report obtained by The Post under a Freedom of Information Law request, New York City has provided some form of free contraceptive for a grand total of 93,569 menstrual cycles.

Last September, the city’s official line concerning Plan B was much different. Officials reportedly said at that time that nurse’s offices in 13 high schools were dispensing the emergency contraception, and 567 girls had used it.

So, city officials failed to report a mere 95 percent of the instances when teenage girls received free Plan B doses from New York City’s public schools.

State law in New York does not require school officials to obtain parent consent to provide contraception to high schoolers.

According to figures compiled by the city, some 6,300 girls under age 17 still managed to have unplanned pregnancies in 2012. Over half of them had abortions. Roughly 70 percent of the girls who chose to have their babies dropped out of school, which bodes ill for their futures.

School officials reportedly had no comment for The Post, but the newly-revised statistics have made some parents uneasy.

“I’m in shock,” Mona Davids, president of the NYC Parents Union, told The Post. “What gives the mayor the right to decide, without adequate notice, to give our children drugs that will impact their bodies and their psyches?”

Davids, a black woman who as a 14-year-old daughter at a Manhattan high school, also observed that most school-based health centers are located in low-income neighborhoods.

“This was population control on blacks and Latinos without our knowledge,” she charged.

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