An anti-abortion group recently commissioned a survey of New York City parents to find out whether they approved of the Department of Education’s policy of dishing out Morning After pills (“Plan B”) to students as young as 14 years old.
The pill, as you probably know, can prevent a pregnancy as long as it’s taken within 24 hours of unprotected sex.
Surprise, surprise, the survey commissioned by the anti-abortion folks found that more than 50-percent of parents disapprove of the DOE’s policy.
According to the poll, commissioned by the Chiaroscuro Foundation — and conducted by the Smith Johnson Research polling firm — 52.3 percent of parents with children under 18 say the DOE should not dispense Plan B.
It finds that 42.9 percent approve of the program, which is aimed at preventing babies from having babies.
There is some added controversy: the pill is handed out without parents’ consent — unless the parent has signed an “opt out” letter that was distributed earlier this year. If you didn’t get the letter — or just ignored it — your kid can obtain a Morning After pill from her school without your input.
We find the poll results somewhat suspect — even with the added “opt out” controversy. After all, it was commissioned by a group that — in the words of a DOE spokesperson — “opposed to comprehensive sex education and birth control.”
So we want to know what you think: how do you feel about the DOE’s “Plan B” policy?
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 22, 2012