Pediatricians to Prescribe Morning-After Pill in Advance
5 months ago
New decision called "significant"
The nation's pediatricians have been asked to make advance prescriptions for emergency contraception available to girls under 17. Current federal policy bans over-the-counter sales of the pills to girls under 17, so the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) believes having a prescription on hand could help the young teens obtain emergency contraception more quickly than if they have to contact a physician, especially after they need it. The current prohibition of the "morning-after pill" means that all women must present proof of age, and that teenagers "face a significant barrier if they suddenly need emergency contraception at midnight on a Saturday," said Susan Wood, former assistant commissioner for women's health at the Food and Drug Administration. She calls the new AAP decision "significant." (Reuters)