With seemingly no concern whatsoever for the sensibilities of some Americans regarding their moral or religious beliefs, a noted pediatrics organization is recommending that all pediatricians actively counsel teens about "emergency contraception," even going so far as to recommend that they be provided with prescriptions and products in advance, to ensure they have the pills if or when they need them.
According to a policy statement released online by the American Academy of Pediatrics, members of the group are also being urged to advocate for lifting all age restrictions for such products, The Washington Times reported, adding that under current statutes, teen girls 16 years old and younger must have a prescription for the so-called "morning-after pill."
"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," an abstract of the policy says. "Use of emergency contraception can reduce the risk of pregnancy if used up to 120 hours after unprotected intercourse or contraceptive failure and is most effective if used in the first 24 hours."
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