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posted by Ivey Hamby in In The News

Plan B for minors

November 26, 2012

 

 The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a policy statement today suggesting that pediatricians not only counsel teens about emergency contraception, but that they also prescribe "advance" prescriptions for teens to use when needed. 

The policy also suggested that the age requirement of 16 be lifted. The current policy requires anyone under the age of 16 has to get a prescription for Plan B. 

The statement said that the AAP circulated the policy through 15 committees, including the safety and child abuse committees. The AAP said that they found through a study that teens would use emergency contraception more if they had the knowledge of and access to the products. 

The AAP concludes that these policies are consistent with their goals of getting sexually active teens to use regular birth-control methods and to reduce teen pregnancy. 

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