As host Soledad O’Brien explained, the program allows schools to disperse the morning-after pill to students without parental consent, although parents can choose to opt out of the program if they want to.
O’Brien said that, as a parent herself, she could see why the program would cause outrage over not requiring parental consent.
Kaplan explained that there have been outreach efforts to educate and notify parents of the program, allowing them several weeks to opt out of it should they choose to. Over the past year, she said, about one to two percent of parents have indeed opted out. She then noted that about 40% of young people in New York City public schools are sexually active, and not all of those students are able or willing to have conversations about sex or reproductive health with their parents.