September 23, 2012

NYC schools giving out medicine???

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According to the New York Post, the New York City Department of Education has a program that goes against this logic. The "Connecting Adolescents To Comprehensive Health" (CATCH) program  raises many concerns.

Under the program, minor children are given access, by the schools, to pregnancy tests, birth control and the morning-after pill without parental consent or their primary doctor's knowledge. This even goes against their "Parent's Bill of Rights" It claims that Parents have the right to "be informed about required health, cognitive and language screening examinations." (Page 1 section 2B)

Does this make sense to anyone? Schools are forbidden from handing out Tylenol and Aspirin to children. They are even forbidden from handing out medicine prescribed by a doctor. How then do they justify this? A pregnancy test is one thing. It's a test. It is no different than the school administrating a drug test.

But to give medicine like this is another thing.

(Hat Tip: New Yorker's Family Research Foundation)
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