Forget how Christine Quinn feels about stop-and-frisk or extending term limits—what really matters to the mayoral frontrunner is ensuring that 11-year-old girls gobble up fistfuls of the morning after pill like some sort of contraceptive M&Ms—according to the Post.
Quinn was fielding questions yesterday after receiving the endorsement of the Planned Parenthood of New York City Political Committee when she was asked when, in her opinion, was it appropriate to distribute emergency contraception: High school...or middle school?
Christina Chang, the organization's vice president of public affairs, answered first, according to transcripts from the event. "The realities facing our young people today are different and we want to make sure that whatever choices they are making, they have the options available to them if birth control fails or it they don't use it," she said. "So we would like to see if available widely and in an accessible."
Fair enough! Quinn expounds on the same topic, adding that teen pregnancy remains a rampant problem throughout the city, and that contraception should be available to anyone requiring it—regardless of their age.
"You know, I think that may become a reality. I mean, you'd love it to be in a place where that wasn't the reality of middle school children's lives but I think that we're gonna have to look at this and if that is what the data shows us would be the most helpful, that is what we'll do."
But why report the full statement when it can be curtailed after the first sentence? Because then we wouldn't have a headline that blares "Quinn may OK morning-after contraceptive pill for 11-year-old middle-school girls," painting the type of galling image that prompts parents to confine their children under house arrest until college. Not for nothing, both John Liu and Sal Albanese said they would also consider birth control in middle schools.
But as Quinn—and, deep down, the Post—already know, making contraceptives, emergency or otherwise, available is not going to encourage kids to have sex. Teen pregnancy has fallen 27 percent in the last decade, according to a report conducted by the city's health department in February. Health Commissioner Tom Farley attributed the numbers to the availability of contraceptives.
“Two things are happening here — teens are using more contraceptives, and they’re also delaying sexual activity,” he said. “It shows that when you make condoms and contraception available to teens, they don’t increase their likelihood of being sexually active. But they get the message that sex is risky."