- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New York mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, who is speaker of the City Council, said one of her political platforms is perhaps opening the door for middle school girls to receive morning-after contraception.

Yes, doing so “can make some people uncomfortable,” she said, as the New York Post reported. But, she added, “this is a really important option we need to make accessible.”

That means some girls as young as age 11 could have access to the pill. Ms. Quinn, who faces off against former Rep. Anthony Weiner in the Democratic mayoral primary — made the comments after receiving an endorsement from the Planned Parenthood of New York City Political Committee.

“We need to recognize the reality of what’s happening in children’s lives and give them what they need to make the right choices and protect themselves,” she said, as the Post reported.

Ms. Quinn previously stated support for making available the Plan B pills to high school girls in a pilot in-school distribution program started by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration in 2012. Expanding that program to middle school girls is the next step, she said.

“I think that it may become a reality,” she said in the Post article. “If that is what the data shows us would be most helpful, that is what we’ll do.”

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• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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