Parents just don’t understand, but apparently pediatricians do! The latest recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics is for doctors who treat teens to dole out emergency contraception prescriptions “just in case.”
Via NBC News reports:
Pediatricians treating teenaged girls should consider writing just-in-case prescriptions for the morning-after pill, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said on Monday.
It’s the second recommendation in a week from a major doctor’s group that would make contraception more widely available to women. Last week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended making all birth control pills available over the counter.
The Food and Drug Administration says emergency contraception – the so-called morning after pill – should be available to any woman who needs it without a prescription. But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA a year ago. Now, federal policy says girls under 17 need a prescription to get it.
AAP says many teenaged girls need emergency contraception, and their pediatricians should help make it easy for them to get it. “Studies have shown that adolescents are more likely to use emergency contraception if it has been prescribed in advance of need,” the group said in a policy statement.
“Despite significant declines over the past two decades, the United States continues to have teen birth rates that are significantly higher than other industrialized nations,” it added.
Morning-after pills can prevent pregnancy — they don’t cause abortions — if they are used within five days of intercourse.
This is definitely a controversial issue. Is it better safe than sorry or do you think this sends teens the wrong message about having sex at an early age?