During the Political Grapevine segment of Special Report yesterday, host John Roberts reported that the New York City public school system had "revealed" a much greater use of the Morning After Pill than had previously been reported. The suggestion, of course, was that the schools were covering up what a bunch of out-of-control sluts they had for students. Yet, Roberts failed to note that the greater usage of contraception has dramatically lowered teen pregnancies.
At about 1:30 in the video segment below, Roberts announced the following:
Number of teenage girls in New York City who received the Morning After Pill in school is almost 24 times higher than originally reported. The New York Post writes almost 13,000 doses of Plan B were handed out by school nurses during the last school year – in contrast to the 567 doses reported when the program was revealed in September. Under New York law, minors do not need to get parental permission to receive contraceptives.
But here’s what Roberts didn’t tell the “we report, you decide” network’s viewers: Teen pregnancy rates have plummeted in the city’s public schools since it began expanding access to contraceptives.
Think Progress also reported yesterday:
The teen pregnancy rate in New York City dropped by 27 percent over the last decade, a statistic that city officials credit to teens’ expanded access to contraception.
Simple common sense.
Naw, they’d probably hire Don Stark for their next host if I did that.