AAP: Give teens morning-after pill prescriptions

By: NBC News Email
By: NBC News Email

The American Academy of Pediatrics is trying a new tactic to fight teen pregnancy.

The organization is encouraging doctors to talk with teens about emergency contraception options like Plan B and Next Choice.

Right now, girls under 17 are banned from buying morning-after pills over-the-counter.

The pills are designed to prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex.

AAP says nearly 80 percent of teen pregnancies in the United States are unplanned.

Those pregnancies happen because no contraception is used or the contraception failed, according to the AAP.

The group recommends that doctors give younger girls an advance prescription in case they need it.

The organization says physicians who are morally against emergency contraception still have an obligation to offer the option to their patients.

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