Implementation of sexual and gender neutrality extends beyond the federal and state governments to the local governments as well. In New York City for example, its Health Department advocates “pregnancy prevention” efforts, which include information for bisexuals and transgender and gender non-conforming teens.
The New York City Health Department distributes Plan B emergency contraception and other hormonal contraceptives to minor public school students without telling their parents (distribution isn’t tracked or correlated to pregnancy prevention data). It has also created several videos and NYC Health smart phone apps to “educate” teens about reproductive and sexual health and free clinic services.
One app, NYC Condom Finder, lists locations where anyone can find “FREE condoms no matter where you are in New York City,” including:
“walking directions to the 5 nearest venues that distribute FREE NYC Condoms! With more than 3,000 locations throughout all 5 boroughs, no matter where you are, you’ll always be protected.”
Another, Teens in NYC, provides information about sexual health services for teens. Children under 18 years old “don’t need a parents’ consent to use these clinics.” It’s stated policy is:
“teens in NY State have the right to sexual health services privately – without getting permission from parents, girlfriends/boyfriends or anyone else.”
Videos explain how young teens can access birth control to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
The apps provide easy access for teens to locate free and confidential contraceptive, abortion, counseling, and pharmaceutical services without the involvement of their parents’ knowledge or consent.
New York State does not require parental consent or notification before their child receives prescriptions for “reproductive health” drugs, including Plan B, treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, or abortions.
One video features Anaya who wants to wait until she’s married to have sex. She wants to focus on good grades in high school. She states how much she loves her boyfriend and that she wants to make him happy. She gives in and has unprotected sex, after which she goes to a clinic and receives the morning after pill and free birth, expressing how she feels accepted and happy.
Another video features a teenage girl discussing birth control from a bisexual perspective. “Samantha” says she may have feelings for her female friend, “Alisha,” even though she has a boyfriend, “Richie.” She says, “I like sex with Richie but sometimes I can’t stop thinking about how beautiful Alisha is … or how much I want to kiss her, or go even further. So I guess I like girls, too.”
In the video, a counselor directs her to a free health clinic where Samantha is given condoms and a prescription for birth control and told that her feelings for both men and women are “normal.”
The Health Department has stated it does not compile data related to the numbers of pregnancies it claims to prevent in order to evidence the in/effectiveness of its programs.
This article was first published on September 2, 2015.