Health reports are suggesting a decline in teen pregnancy, but that has nothing to do with the rate that young people are contracting sexually transmitted diseases or STD’s.
But, even with a decline in teen pregnancy the FDA finds it necessary to drop the age limit from 17 to 15 for the morning after pill or Plan B One-Step emergency contraception pill. This ruling also makes it possible for girls 15 and older to receive the emergency contraception without a prescription. This drug prevents an egg from being released from the ovary or prevents the egg from being fertilized by sperm within 24 – 72 hours.
According to CNN, Federal Judge Edward Korman of Brooklyn, New York, smacked down previous rulings that suggested that the pill was not for kids under 17 based on morality not the medicine. He found the remarks and ruling to be ludicrous and his ruling allows for the contraception to be sold over-the-counter during and after pharmacy hours. In his order, he stated:
“The decisions of the Secretary with respect to Plan B One-Step and that of the FDA with respect to the Citizen Petition, which it had no choice but to deny, were arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.”
But there’s a bit more apprehension regarding contraception for California parents that are intercepting condoms being mailed to their 12-year-olds. The Condom Access Project (CAP) has expanded their free condom program to San Diego and Fresno counties, bringing the number of counties they serve to seven.
“As part of the project, anyone between 12 and 19 years old in the seven counties can confidentially request a pack of 10 condoms online, up to once a month.”
So far CAP has sent 30,000 condoms within the year via their program. They have a website that teens can use to order their condoms. They are serving counties that have been labeled “STD hot spots.” The Chlamydia and Gonorrhea rates have been through the roof in this area and the California Family Health Council applauds their efforts.
“California is experiencing a near public health crisis with STD rates among teens rising to alarming levels,” said Julie Rabinovitz, the council’s president. “By providing sexually active teens and their parents with the tools they need to prevent STDs and unintended pregnancy, we are hoping to move the needle in the right direction.”
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Condoms being mailed to 12-year-olds:
Federal judge grants “Morning After” Pills to 15 and older without prescription: