Doctors: Prescribe Emergency Contraception for All Girls Under 17

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The American Academy of Pediatrics has a surprising bit of advice in its new  policy statement: doctors should prescribe underage teens emergency  contraceptive pills like Plan B.

The heads of abstinence-advocates, natural healers, and skeptics at large are  spinning.

Teen pregnancies in the US, while having dropped 44% between 1991 and 2010,  remain five times that of France, 2 ½ times that of Canada, and higher than  China’s and Russia’s. An unfortunate share of it is attributed to sexual  assault, which are highest among teens and young adults according to the Justice  Department’s Office on Violence against Women.

“We really can do better,” says Dr. Cora Breu9+ner, a member of the AAP’s  Committee on Adolescence. “By providing more education and improving access to  contraception and more education about family planning, we can do better.”

About 80% of teen pregnancies in America are unplanned, and Breuner adds that  babies of such pregnancies tend to experience behavioral and academic problems  compared to babies born in planned pregnancies from older parents. Because  emergency contraception pills work most effectively if taken within the first 24  hours, teens may feel more comfortable not talking to parents or gynecologists  and instead using the preemptively prescribed pills for emergency  contraception.

Dangers Associated with Emergency Contraceptives

The logic may be sound—better safe than sorry—but there are other  implications to consider, though the gravity of each one compared to an  unplanned pregnancy is entirely up to the individual.

Women taking birth control drugs with imitation progesterone (to include Yaz,  Bayer’s Yasmin, Beyaz, Safyraland Angeliq) are, according to the US Food and  Drug Administration, 150  percent more likely to develop blood clots. Other dangers to consider when  taking birth control or emergency contraceptive pills include:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Reduced or increased acne
  • Nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting
  • Emotional sensitivity and mood swings
  • Irregular bleeding, spotting
  • Decreased libido
  • Benign liver tumors
  • Yeast overgrowth and infection
  • Vitamins B2, B6, and B12 deficiency

Because emergency contraception administered to underage teens would not be  prescribed for cases like acne and hormonal imbalances (as with conventional  birth control pills), the issue of using birth control to clear symptoms of  deeper, underlying conditions such as poor liver or adrenal function is not at  issue. The issue here is using emergency birth control for teens who, for poor  planning, emotional unease, or sexual assault, are unable or unwilling to  discuss courses of action with gynecologists or parents.

Arguably, instead of prescribing emergency contraception to teens, it might  be worthwhile (and healthier) for parents and pediatricians to have regular,  comfortable talks about sexual health and non-hormonal methods of birth control  (like condoms).

Sadly, not all adults have the mindfulness or time befitting a good parent  and not all children, environments, or circumstances prevent accidents, assault,  or plain bad planning. Condoms do fail and sexual assault is a horrid reality,  and emergency contraceptives then would be a boon for any scared, underage teen  to have at hand.

And of course, is it morally correct to stop a pregnancy in its path? Just  recently, some individuals said that newborn babies ‘aren’t people’ and it  is therefore acceptable to kill them. They are calling  for after-birth abortions. The writers say that newborn babies  simply do not have a “moral right to life”. Is society slowly trying to better  control population numbers?

Are emergency contraceptive pills OK? What do you think?

Additional Sources:

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