Mayor announces initiative to promote contraceptive pills in the Bronx and city
Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R-NY) has pledged $1 million in public funding to promote emergency contraceptive pills at city hospitals. As part of the Healthy Women Healthy Babies Initiative, the city will offer advance prescriptions of the morning after pill to women who think they'll need it. According to a pro-choice group's study, in the Bronx more pregnancies end up in abortions than live births. The group says full access to emergency contraception would reduce abortions by half. The city will also expand its Nurse Family Partnership to the south Bronx. This program partners nurses with first time moms. Experts say Bronx residents will benefit from the initiatives because the Bronx has the highest rate of abortions and teen pregnancies in New York City.