Heated debates over the approval of the Plan B drug by the Food and Drug Administration have been on going since 1999. Now one of the top pediatric organizations in the country is recommending pediatricians prescribe teenage girls the emergency contraceptives regardless of their age.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the rate of children having children across the United States has decreased by 40% in the last 20 years. In Bay County, health department officials say the number of teens giving birth has decreased among all age groups.
However, the CDC also reports, teen birth rates are nine times higher in the United States than in other developed countries. This is one reason why the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending pediatricians make emergency contraceptives like Plan B available to teenagers.
Laura McKinney, Clinic Manager with the Bay County Health Department said, "this is not the first line to prevent pregnancy, this is a second, a fall back."
More information on the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation can be found at www.aap.org.