Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has launched a new app for teens that will direct them to clinics where they can get help with “sexual health” issues ranging from contraception and abortion services to dealing with same-sex attraction.
CNSNews.com is reporting on the controversial app which facilitates teen promiscuity under the guise of providing “sexual health” information.
The app has three main links which are designed to help teens determine what services they may need such as access to the pill, condoms, the morning-after-pill, an abortion, where to find the nearest location of a provider, and what to expect when they get there.
The app also makes it a point to inform teens that the state of New York has no parental consent law.
“Remember, teens in New York State have the right to sexual health services without getting permission from parents, girlfriends/boyfriends or anyone else,” the app says.
The new service also links them to the NYC Teen website where they can watch videos such as “Samantha’s Story” about a girl who feels attracted to her boyfriend and girlfriend at the same time.
” . . . (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,” Samantha says. “So I guess I like girls too.”
Samantha goes on to describe a meeting she had with a counselor who told her it’s okay to have those feelings and to talk about them.
“She said that no matter who I have sex with it’s important that the person I choose makes me happy and respects me by waiting until I’m ready,” Samantha said of the counselor, who is shown wearing a rainbow pin with the word “Ally” on it.
Not surprisingly, the department refused to respond to inquiries from CNS about the source of the funding for the website and app and whether or not public funds were used.
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