Morning-after pill’s availability draws concern from parents

By By Shelia M. Poole

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (MCT)

Published: Friday, May 10 2013 6:51 a.m. MDT

Although it has declined from previous years, nearly half, or 47 percent, of all high school students reported ever having sexual intercourse in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2011, the CDC also reports, more than 329,000 babies were born to women ages 15 through 19. This is a record low for U.S. teens in this age group, and a drop of 8 percent from 2010.

“You can’t look at age,” said Simpson of SisterSong. “We see this as a victory, but we don’t see it as a solution. We do need to talk about comprehensive sex education.” Even so, “this sort of gives them the idea that even if I mess up, I can take the morning-after pill,” said Victor Houston, the Conyers, Ga., father of a 17-year-old daughter.

Not only that, he said, “this has nothing to do with preventing STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), but in their minds, this is OK.” At the very least, some say, the debate over emergency contraceptives opens the door for parents to have more talks with their teens about sex.

And that, parents and experts say, may not be such a bad thing.


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