Teen Pregnancies Are Falling, But No Thanks To Abstinence-Only Sex Education

Teen Pregnancies Are Falling, But No Thanks To Abstinence-Only Sex Education

According to a new report from the CDC, the number of teenagers giving birth is at its lowest point in the last 15 years. In fact, between 1991 and 2014, there was a whopping 61 percent drop in births among U.S. women aged 15-19!

This decline occurred among women of all racial backgrounds, although it was even more pronounced for racial minorities than it was for White women.

In light of this trend, many people are wondering why—who or what should be credited with decreasing the teen pregnancy and birth rates so much?

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The Science Behind ‘Plan B’ (VIDEO)

Despite the fact that birth control has become widespread over the past few decades, many controversies and misunderstandings persist. One area where much confusion remains is the topic of emergency contraception, sold in pharmacies under the name “Plan B.” In particular, many people mistakenly think that Plan B is a form of abortion. So, to clear things up once and for all, check out the video below by ASAP Science that explains exactly what Plan B does and does not do inside the female body.

 

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One Reason To Sell Plan B Over The Counter: Many Pharmacists Won't Provide It To Teen Girls

Just last month, the United States Food and Drug Administration announced that Plan B One-Step (a form of emergency contraception) had been approved for sale over the counter to women and girls age 15 and over. Prior to that, the only way to get the drug was to ask a pharmacist. In addition, women under age 17 could not get it without a doctor's prescription. The FDA's recent decision has been met with controversy, particularly the lowering of the age limit. However, taking control of the drug away from pharmacists is a positive development because research reveals that a shockingly high number of teen  girls of legal age are being incorrectly told by their pharmacists that they cannot  purchase the medication, even in pharmacies where the drug is in stock.
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As Many As 1 In 5 Pharmacists May Deny Emergency Contraception To Teenage Girls

In 2009, the United States Food and Drug Administration made Plan B, a form of emergency contraception, available to anyone over the age of 17 without a prescription. To obtain the medication, an individual must request it from a pharmacist and provide proof of age. Despite the fact that there are no legal restrictions on their ability to purchase Plan B, a new study reveals that a shockingly high number of 17-year-old girls may be incorrectly told by their pharmacists that they cannot purchase the medication, even in pharmacies where the drug is in stock.
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