Quinn may OK morning-after contraceptive pill for 11-year-old middle-school girls
It "can make some people uncomfortable," but City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she's open to allowing middle-school girls as young as 11 to receive the morning-after contraceptive pill.
"This is a really important option we need to make accessible," Quinn said yesterday after receiving a mayoral endorsement from the Planned Parenthood of New York City Political Committee.
"I understand it can make some people uncomfortable. We need to recognize the reality of what’s happening in children's lives and give them what they need to make the right choices and protect themselves," Quinn added.
Quinn had previously supported dispensing Plan B pills to high-school girls in a first-of-its-kind pilot program started by the Bloomberg administration last year.
Both regular birth-control pills and emergency contraception became available to students as young as 14 without parental notification.
Parents were given the option of opting out — but only 3 percent did, according to the Health Department.
Quinn said an expansion to middle schools might be necessary down the road.