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Pediatricians Want to Give Girls Morning-After Pill Prescriptions 'Just in Case'
November 26, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I saw this in The Stir - What are your thoughts on giving teens access to the Morning-After Pill?

Pediatricians Want to Give Girls Morning-After Pill Prescriptions 'Just in Case'

Posted by Ericka Sóuter on November 26, 2012 

teensThere is no debating that teens today are exposed to much more then we ever were. The question is, however, shouldn't we impose some limits. Case in point: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that docs treating teens write just-in-case prescriptions for the morning-after pill. I am a pretty liberal parent, but I even think this crosses the line. Giving girls what essentially boils down to a "get out of pregnancy" free card will definitely send the wrong message.

Look, I have no delusions about teenage chastity. Some may sport those purity rings but I assume that most high school age, hormonal kids are having sex or, at the very least, trying to. That's one thing that hasn't changed since the days of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Yes, there are many unwanted and unplanned pregnancies among that group and they have a right to decide what ultimately happens to their bodies.

“Studies have shown that adolescents are more likely to use emergency contraception if it has been prescribed in advance of need,” the AAP said in a policy statement. “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." But giving out morning-after pill like condoms doesn't teach these teens to be more responsible.

At the risk of sounding like a lame health class video, sex is a very serious thing and kids should take it seriously. I can't help but fear that sexually active teens will become a little more careless knowing that can just pop one of these pills the next day without even having a discussion with a parent or doctor. That's not to say they shouldn't have access to the morning after pill. They should. But they also need to understand the consequences of having unprotected sex go well beyond pregnancy. A lot of kids feel they are invincible when it comes to their health but there are a host of nasty STDs they can fall victim to. Kids need to wake up to the realities and the risks of having unprotected sex. Scared straight, so to speak. Having that little pill in their back pocket any time they need it won't do that.

Do you think teens should get "just-in-case" morning after pills?

Replies

  • Amanda52007
    November 27, 2012 at 1:53 PM
    Your comment is confusing me.

    There is no conception. It can't be abortion, if there's no conception. It's no different than BC, just in a huge dose, that happens immediately.


    Quoting EthansMomma2010:

    You are only mistaken if that is your definition of conception. Its different for everyone



    Quoting mp3mom:

    Excuse me if I'm mistaken.

    Quoting musicpisces:

    Plan B is not an abortion pill. If an egg has been fertilized, that will not change. Plan B will only stop an egg from being ovulated. This is a different pill than RU 486, known as the abortion pill. THAT is not available.





    Quoting mp3mom:

    I agree with the article. Absolutely no. If the child and parents have agreed on BC, that's one thing, this is abortion, IMO.


  • EthansMomma2010
    November 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM
    Some people believe that interrupting semen from reaching the egg is wrong. Also there really isn't conclusive proof that large doses of BC don't harm an embryo

    Quoting Amanda52007:

    Your comment is confusing me.



    There is no conception. It can't be abortion, if there's no conception. It's no different than BC, just in a huge dose, that happens immediately.




    Quoting EthansMomma2010:

    You are only mistaken if that is your definition of conception. Its different for everyone





    Quoting mp3mom:

    Excuse me if I'm mistaken.

    Quoting musicpisces:

    Plan B is not an abortion pill. If an egg has been fertilized, that will not change. Plan B will only stop an egg from being ovulated. This is a different pill than RU 486, known as the abortion pill. THAT is not available.







    Quoting mp3mom:

    I agree with the article. Absolutely no. If the child and parents have agreed on BC, that's one thing, this is abortion, IMO.


  • Amanda52007
    November 27, 2012 at 2:30 PM
    Those people believe BC is abortion?

    Quoting EthansMomma2010:

    Some people believe that interrupting semen from reaching the egg is wrong. Also there really isn't conclusive proof that large doses of BC don't harm an embryo



    Quoting Amanda52007:

    Your comment is confusing me.





    There is no conception. It can't be abortion, if there's no conception. It's no different than BC, just in a huge dose, that happens immediately.






    Quoting EthansMomma2010:

    You are only mistaken if that is your definition of conception. Its different for everyone







    Quoting mp3mom:

    Excuse me if I'm mistaken.

    Quoting musicpisces:

    Plan B is not an abortion pill. If an egg has been fertilized, that will not change. Plan B will only stop an egg from being ovulated. This is a different pill than RU 486, known as the abortion pill. THAT is not available.









    Quoting mp3mom:

    I agree with the article. Absolutely no. If the child and parents have agreed on BC, that's one thing, this is abortion, IMO.


  • EthansMomma2010
    November 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM
    Sort of. They believe that preventing conception is a sin. Its complicated

    Quoting Amanda52007:

    Those people believe BC is abortion?



    Quoting EthansMomma2010:

    Some people believe that interrupting semen from reaching the egg is wrong. Also there really isn't conclusive proof that large doses of BC don't harm an embryo





    Quoting Amanda52007:

    Your comment is confusing me.







    There is no conception. It can't be abortion, if there's no conception. It's no different than BC, just in a huge dose, that happens immediately.








    Quoting EthansMomma2010:

    You are only mistaken if that is your definition of conception. Its different for everyone









    Quoting mp3mom:

    Excuse me if I'm mistaken.

    Quoting musicpisces:

    Plan B is not an abortion pill. If an egg has been fertilized, that will not change. Plan B will only stop an egg from being ovulated. This is a different pill than RU 486, known as the abortion pill. THAT is not available.











    Quoting mp3mom:

    I agree with the article. Absolutely no. If the child and parents have agreed on BC, that's one thing, this is abortion, IMO.


  • SabrinaLC
    November 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    Not the best idea in my opinion.  I feel like it would make girls a bit more "free" because they can just pop a pill afterwards and not have to worry.  Or so they think.


  • Alyson121
    November 27, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Ohhh hey, you're in the North Bay.  I'm waaaay down south, in Slicon Valley (San Jose)

    Quoting musicpisces:

    WAY OT, where in the Bay Area? I'm up in Sebastopol!

    Quoting Alyson121:

    I used to teach teens when i taught middle school.  I had about 200 students in my rotation and  not one of t hem was pregnant  or got pregnant.  There were only 2 girls in the school who had babies.  Not sure if that stat is high.  I taught at an "at risk" and  "underperforming" school where police were assigned there.  I just always thought it was a media created issue that teens are running rampant and having sex like jack rabbits. But then maybe theSan Francisco  Bay Area isn't as bad a people think.

    Quoting Melissa823:

    Yes. They are. I work with teenagers in a youth group setting. 160 kids a week. And I deal with it constantly.

    I'm ultra conservative on this subject and the entire article makes me sick. I see girls completely ruined from being taken advantage of by some horney boy that tells them they love them - only to leave them lonely. OVER and OVER and OVER again like a broken record.

    People who choose abstinence are looked at like those freaks on TV who look like a sloppy fish when kissing their new bride. It doesn't have to be like that. 

    And, I disagree with what someone said "If kids WANT to have sex they will." Well, before I married my husband we dated for three years...and I "WANTED" to have sex. but, I didn't. And,  10 years later, I have 2 beautiful children, a happy marriage, and a good sex life.

    I agree - most kids will do it - but abstinence is not old fashioned. It saves kids from some serious heartache and consequence. 

    But - I know I'm in the minority here, so off of my soap box I step.


    Quoting Alyson121:

    Are teens really have a bunch of sex like the media says?




  • Krysden
    by Krysden
    November 28, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    no