Transcript for Morning-After Pill: Should Doctors Prescribe to Teens?
Now, to a recommendation by the nation's leading group of pediatricians that's sure to be controversial. The american academy of pediatrics is saying that doctors should prescribe morning-after pills to girls under 17, before they need them, just in case they risk becoming pregnant in the future. Let's bring in our medical editor, dr. Richard besser. Let's talk about the specifics of the recommendation. What's changed? What's stayed the same? What hasn't changed. By law, in all 50 stat, a girl younger than 17, needs to have a prescription to get the morning-after pill. What changed is the academy of pediatrics has told pediatricians, don't wait until a emergency. Describe it to your girls right now. A lot of the pros and cons. What are the pros and cons? We have the highest teen pregnancy rate among industrialized nations. While it's getting better, it's not getting better fast enough. If someone has this in hand, they're more than likely to use it. That's a good thing. Some parents and pediatricians say it might encourage risky behavior. But all signs have shown it doesn't change what a girl will do as far as sex. Where do you come down on this? Every major medical association, says this should be over the counter, like aspirin. And I agree with that. But it shouldn't substitute for conversations between parents and children and doctors and children, about smart sexual behavior. I think it's a good thing have it. But if a girl has unprotected sex, she needs to see her pediatrician for those issues. Important things to do. Very important, indeed. We're going to turn to the
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