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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Pediatricians: Teen Girls Should Have Access To Emergency Contraception

Plan B’ One-Step is one type of emergency contraceptive. (Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc./AP)

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has said doctors should routinely counsel teenagers about emergency contraception and make prescriptions for those emergency contraceptives available, regardless of the teenagers’ current plans for sexual behavior.

Currently, federal policy requires a girl under 17 to have a prescription for the “morning after pill” as emergency contraception is commonly called. The AAP said having advance prescriptions for emergency contraception will prevent unwanted pregnancies.

The AAP’s recommendation comes on the heels of a recommendation last week from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to make all birth control pills available over the counter, without a prescription.


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  • mojo

    well how about the boys? Isn’t it time we gave them have a script for the morning-after-pill to give to their partners? 

  • Elizabeth Mayer

    I am concerned about women and girls who are sensitive to steroids and hormones, being exposed without medical supervision, to over the counter birth control or emergency contraception which is also, I believe, a hormone.   The effort to standardize medical care has hurt – disabled, made less than they might have been – people who don’t fit the “norm” in the way they respond to medical treatment.  It’s a step in the wrong direction to make these drugs available without supervision.  Instead, medical treatment should be focused on helping each individual be the best they can be, and should be responsive to making changes in practice to accomodate more unusual types,  when a problem is discovered.  The women throughout my extended family know enough from bad experience, to warn and protect our daughters, and to challenge mandated treatment approaches that could be harmful to our children. But others out there may not be so fortunate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003000884786 Navin R Johnson

     I don’t understand the justification of having 16 year olds getting a prescription, while not requiring one for 17 year olds. 

    You can drive at 16
    You can get Plan B at 17
    You can vote at 18
    You can drink alcohol at 21


  • Leslie

    You can see that there is much misinformation about emergency contraception as even during your interview both yourself and your guest misspoke about the use of and the primary mechanism of action of emergency contraception which is primarily to prevent ovulation and therefore prevent conception.  While this issue may be socially complex it is not medically complex and concerns about the safety of use of EC should not be a significant topic during discussion.  This is an incredibly safe medication which is easy to use.  While I believe discussion is warranted on this topic I believe restricting access of this medication to women and men is irresponsible.

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