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Some NYC schools offer morning-after pill to teens

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The pill known as "Plan B" can now be prescribed by school nurses in some New York City schools to girls as young as 14. The pill is used for emergency contraception and can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours after unprotected sex.

A local school nurse tells FOX 7 school districts in Texas would most likely not follow that plan. Mary McKenna, a registered nurse and director of Health and Safety Services for Georgetown I.S.D. says giving young girls the morning after pill is only a band aid and the wrong approach.

"I would not be handing out Plan B in the school districts. Our jobs as far as the nurses are concerned are to answer questions, make referrals, talk to parents and try to help the students gain that strength of character so that they can go to mom or another adult. You know let's build those skills versus just handing things out," said McKenna.

Texas congressman Michael McCaul says this is an issue that should be handled at home and not by schools.

"Schools ought to be educating first and foremost and leave that to the parents and other people to deal with that issue," McCaul said.

Still New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg says the program works and has reduced teen pregnancies.

"The good news is that we've brought teenage pregnancy down something like 25 percent over the last ten years. The bad news is there's still an awful lot of girls who get pregnant at a very early age," said Bloomberg.

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