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Roosevelt High teams with Planned Parenthood for health services

June 5, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Planned Parenthood has teamed up with the Los Angeles Unified School District to make birth control, counseling, pregnancy tests and screening for sexually transmitted diseases available to female students at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights.

The partnership between Planned Parenthood and the school is believed to be the only one of its kind in the nation.

The services are free and confidential, and aimed at reducing unplanned pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

"I know the birth control, obviously, it teaches girls a lot, it prevents pregnancies," said Anne Hennessy, executive director, Right to Life League of Southern California. "We would hope that the care in that part of their lives would be done in collaboration with their parents rather than through the schools."

Teenage pregnancy rates in Los Angeles County have dropped in recent years. However the numbers are still disproportionately high in some areas, including the neighborhood served by Roosevelt.