Group recommends doctors give all teen girls prescription for morning-after pill

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Plan B, emergency contraception pill

A doctors’ group thinks teen girls should be given a prescription for the morning-after pill when they get a physical.

The recommendation comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The reason is simple: the AAP says teens are more likely to use emergency contraception if it’s prescribed in advance.

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The morning-after pill is a type of emergency contraception used to prevent unintended pregnancy when a woman has unprotected sex or experienced a birth control failure.

There has been ongoing debate about whether these pills, also known as Plan B, should be available to teens without a doctor’s prescription.

17-year-olds can get the pills by showing identification at a pharmacy. Those 16 and under need a prescription.