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Pediatricians Called To Prescribe ‘Morning-After’ Pills In Advance

Reuters: Prescribe Morning-After Pills In Advance, Say Pediatricians
Wading into the incendiary subject of birth control for young teenagers, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on Monday called on the nation's pediatricians to counsel all of their adolescent patients about emergency contraception and make advance prescriptions for it available to girls under 17. Because current federal policy bans over-the-counter sales of the pills to girls under 17, having a prescription on hand could help younger teens obtain emergency contraception more quickly than if they have to contact a physician only after they need it (Begley, 11/26).

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