Pediatricians Say All Teens Should Have Plan B

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BOSTON - FEBRUARY 27: The Plan B pill, also known as the 'morning after' pill, is displayed on a pharmacy shelf February 27, 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts. Many states may have to deal with legislation that would expand or restrict access to the drug since the federal government has not made a decision to make the pill available without a prescription. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Cue the controversy. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that emergency contraceptives be prescribed to teenagers just in case they need it. Teenagers will be more likely to use the contraception if they have it handy, the academy said. Teen-pregnancy rates are falling in the United States, though they still outpace other developed countries. The so-called morning-after pill can further help prevent unwanted pregnancy, according to the group of pediatricians. Females who are 17 and older and males 18 and older can currently get emergency contraception without a prescription.