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NYC promotes reproductive services app to teens

NEW YORK — As part of a campaign against teen pregnancy, New York City health officials are promoting a smartphone app that will help teenagers locate free clinics that can answer questions about sex, prescribe birth control, test for sexually transmitted diseases, or even provide an abortion.

The Teens in NYC — Protection mobile app was quietly made available in early spring before getting a more public rollout Wednesday at a health care center in the Bronx.

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It is expressly intended to let teenagers get information about reproductive health services confidentially, without having to go through an adult.

‘‘Teens in NYC have the right to sexual health services without getting permission from parents, girlfriends/boyfriends, or anyone else,’’ the application says on its welcome screen.

The idea that the city might help children get access to contraception or locate an abortion provider is likely to dismay some parents, but the city’s health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, said that, based on the past public reaction to similar programs, he didn’t expect a backlash.

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