Pediatrician group recommends doctors prescribe Plan B to teens before sex

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that doctors make emergency contraception like Plan B available to teens before they have sex, ABC News reports.

Patients 17 and older can currently get emergency contraception from a pharmacy by presenting an ID.

The organization's policy statement suggests that doctors give "advance prescriptions" for the morning after pill to girls under 17, so it can be used if necessary without needing to contact a doctor immediately.

The author of the policy says teen birth rates in the U.S. are higher than any other industrialized nation.

The AAP wants professionals to educate young girls on the use and availability of different forms of emergency contraception.

Under these new guidelines, doctors can start talking to girls as young as 10 about the morning-after pill option.

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