Pediatricians: Prescribe teens emergency contraception before they need it
November 26th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

Pediatricians: Prescribe teens emergency contraception before they need it

The American Academy of Pediatrics is fighting back against teen pregnancy with revised recommendations on emergency contraception. The organization is encouraging physicians to talk about medications like Plan B and Next Choice in their discussions with their adolescent patients - both boys and girls - on safe sex.

The United States has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy among developed countries.  Nearly 80% of teen pregnancies are unplanned, a result of contraception failure or nonuse, according to the AAP.

The use of emergency contraception has been around since the 1970s, when doctors often advised patients to double up on their regular birth control pills in a method called "Yuzpe." Since then several products have been approved for use by prescription and over-the-counter. Yet lead author Dr. Cora Beurner said there are still many people who don’t know about emergency contraception or have unfounded fears about using it.

Emergency contraception is designed to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It works by inhibiting ovulation and disrupting the production of key cells needed in a woman’s body to conceive.  It works best if taken up to 24 hours after intercourse, although it lowers pregnancy risk if taken within 120 hours (five days).  It will not work if you are already pregnant.

Emergency contraception is available with a prescription for all patients and available over-the-counter for women over the age of 17.  The pills cost around $80.

Most pediatricians are accustomed to discussing safe sex with their patients, according to Beurner, a professor of adolescent medicine and pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle. The AAP is recommending doctors have emergency contraception on hand for those who need it right away and be willing to write teenagers a prescription for Plan B or Next Choice for future use.

“They can keep the prescription in their wallet and if they have the need for it, they could go anywhere," Beurner said. "This is a ‘just-in-case.'"

It should be emphasized to patients that emergency contraception is solely for emergencies, the AAP statement notes, and should not be used as a regular method to prevent pregnancy.

There are no serious side effects to emergency contraception, Beurner said.  Although parents are often concerned that having a “back-up” will increase a teen’s risky behavior, studies have shown that not to be the case.

Even if a physician is morally against emergency contraception, they have an obligation to offer the option to their patients, the AAP statement says.

soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Vi Kanavel

    Whatever happened to high morals and abstinence? This is what Sodom and Gomorrah was all about. Please do not let anyone tell you that immorality is a good way to live. There are too many people living sad lives that will tell you otherwise.
    The 10 Commandments are NOT 10 suggestions. They were given to all of us for a good purpose. Please keep them in your lives and they will help in every given situation.

    November 26, 2012 at 09:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • da

      High morals and abstince don't work. Emergency contraception does. If 100 teens use abstinence for a year, 85% of them will be pregnant at the end of that year. Enough said.

      November 26, 2012 at 09:30 | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      "If 100 teens use abstinence for a year, 85% of them will be pregnant at the end of that year. Enough said."

      Don't be an idiot. If 85% of them get pregnant, then 85% of them WERE NOT "using" abstinence, they were having sex...having sex means they WERE NOT abstinent.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:53 | Report abuse |
    • Abstinence doesn't work....LOL

      How difficult is this problem? It's resolved by a simple childhood nursery rhyme. First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby.

      Try thinking about the consequences BEFORE you act.

      November 26, 2012 at 16:15 | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      If 100 teens actually abstain, then 100% will not be pregnant. The point of abstinance education is to practice self-control, which most people know nothing about.

      November 26, 2012 at 16:51 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      If 85% of 100 girls are pregnant after being abstinent for a year, either Jesus is coming back in much larger numbers, or 85% of your group has a problem understanding the word abstinent (or, following directions).

      November 26, 2012 at 17:00 | Report abuse |
    • CosmicC

      Just want to let you know that I reported your racist rant.

      November 26, 2012 at 17:32 | Report abuse |
    • dx2718

      First of all, don't force your religion on other people unless you're willing to accept someone else's religion (perhaps Islam?) being forced upon you. Second of all, abstinence would work great if we weren't talking about KIDS who don't do what they're told. Tell them not to have s3x, they'll do it just to see what they're missing. Don't address it at all, and they'll experiment and figure it out. They're immature and no amount of Bible study or even just honest talk will prevent them from doing what they want when out of their parents' sight. Best way to prevent them from having s3x is to (a) keep them busy with schoolwork and extracurricular activities, so they have no free time to be mischievous, and (b) scare them with all the consequences of having s3x, including both pregnancy and STD's. Then, for the ones who are still obstinate, offer contraception (both emergency and all-the-time kinds) and you won't have a teen pregnancy problem. A benefit of putting girls on birth control at an early age, even if they're NOT fooling around, is that it regulates their hormones. In high school, I went to the nurse more than once for cramps, and suffered from horrible acne; bc would have helped with both problems (also, I was abstinent and having bc wouldn't have changed that).

      November 26, 2012 at 10:35 | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      Don't force your lack of marality on me either.

      November 26, 2012 at 18:45 | Report abuse |
    • Facts

      Not everybody believes in religion or in particular your religious beliefs. While you are free to express your opinion, you can't naturally assume or force others to partake in what you believe in and thus follow the "laws" of morality and abstinence. Everybody is unique and different, they follow whatever they wish to believe. The option should be there for those who need it, furthermore, it should be covered under insurance plans. At an estimate price cost of $80, I imagine folks teenagers and even college students not being able to afford it.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:37 | Report abuse |
    • bob

      if abstinence worked, none of us would be here. none. the reason for this is at some point in our family tree, someone was unplanned. also there were lots of kids lost to terible diseases. so proper medical care, including contraception, are critical to the sustainable survival of the species.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:37 | Report abuse |
    • everettreb

      So the answer to the problem is to tell teens that it's okay to have sex just use emergency contraception?

      Better education that should start at home is the real answer.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:38 | Report abuse |
    • femfilly

      Education at home is a great start! Parents can do a great job encouraging their children to wait to have sex and share how to have responsible and safer sex.

      Sometimes parents don't have the skills or knowledge base to give kids all the contraceptive options they might need, or to tell them that condoms can help prevent STD's that hormonal methods can not. What this article is saying is that teaching kids about emergency contraceptive can help them know what to do next when the condom breaks, or they forgot to take their pill. It's also getting the complete info out there for parents, so they can help their kids in these situations.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:32 | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I could NOT have said this better myself! This country (world, in fact) is so a**-backwards with most everything these days. Whatever happened to parents being PARENTS?! It's a sad, sad world. And please, for those of you that even think about whining because "you can't control your kids", well, let's start there: don't have them! Know what you're getting into before you take your legs off the floor. Whether you want to face facts and reality or not, when YOU make the choice to become a parent, YOU also make the choice to be successful at it and see it through. You don't give up just because your kid decides to be difficult. You become the leader by example, from the very beginning, and realize that 99% of kids become a product of their environment.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:55 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      "for those of you that even think about whining because "you can't control your kids", well, let's start there: don't have them! "

      Gee – sounds like birth control might be useful for carrying out your advice.

      November 26, 2012 at 18:38 | Report abuse |
    • MashaSobaka

      You need to work on your reading comprehension, sweetie.

      November 26, 2012 at 17:31 | Report abuse |
    • Guest123

      Keep religion out of it and use common sense to prescribe the needed solution. You can talk religion all day and still not abstain.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:40 | Report abuse |
    • kippyafd

      You can also talk education and contraceptives all day and still end up with a pregnant teenager.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:48 | Report abuse |
    • cindy

      Kepp your government out of my religion!!

      November 26, 2012 at 18:49 | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      Why on earth should any of the rest of us give a flying crap about your interpretation of your version of your personal creation myth? Shall I cite the example and laws of Odin when considering emergency contraception? (The Allfather favors plan B' All hail the Allfather!)

      Reality time: kids have sex, and kids having sex (especially kids whose zealot parents refer to their genitals as 'satan-giblets', and refuse to teach them sex-ed) get pregnant. So, allow access to contraception and emergency contraception.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Sodom & Gomorrah had no bearing on teen or any s xual behavior. Never did! What's important is; people make mistakes, and having a teenager carry an unwanted child full term or aborting a fetus is not an acceptable outcome!

      November 26, 2012 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
    • Clarissa

      There has NEVER been a time in US history where over 75% of teens were abstinent. In fact the rates of teen pregnancy is GOING DOWN. Also more teens are being abstinent then ever in history, also condom usage is at it's highest. So what do you mean "what happened to morals and abstinence?" What does having sex have to do with immorality? Somehow having an orgasm, something that is a biological function, is immoral? Having an orgasm is nothing different then having the hiccups. There is nothing wrong with contraception, it is a scientific breakthrough because now we can control our reproductive system and decide when to plan OUR lives. Get out of this discussion, since you don't seem to be using logic and reason.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
    • timmaa

      Ok that is not what the story was about at all. Had nothing to do with underage sex (after all in those times it was perfectly normal for a 12 year old to be promised to a much older man and as soon as she had her first period she would be forced to procreate). So lets look at what the problem was with S and G.. Lot offered up his young virgin daughters (which would have been all good in the eyes of god) but the people of the city wanted to get it on with the men that came to visit. Odd story but had nothing to do with teen sex.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:47 | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      The Bible Belt south is rife with pregnant teens who inevitably drop out of shool and contribute to the demands on our social support programs. It would be an eye opener to see just what proportion of kids born in the rural south are getting program funding as well as their irresponsible parent(s). Education and making contraception available (free, if necessary) is the solution to much of this! Wake up....kids are doin' it all over the place, just like grownups!

      November 26, 2012 at 10:50 | Report abuse |
    • lynne

      okay, 1. let's just cool it on the ridiculous religious references. 2. Yes, in terms of preventing pregnancy and disease in teens, absitnence is best. I, however, prefer to live in the real world where, realistically, that will probably not be the case, and it is irresponsible to not TEACH methods of birth control to teens. Simply denying the problem and refusing to educate young people is not the answer. 3. I find it deplorable that as a high school teacher, the only thing our health teachers are ALLOWED to teach or mention is abstinence. The number one reason for teen pregnancy is embarassment about birth control because of the stigma, and the number two reason is ignorance. COME ON.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:02 | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      I always have been amused by the non-religious who tell me I need to keep my religion out of it, yet then turn around and tell me I have to do what their religion (atheist) says. It's no wonder why they keep walking around in circles, you lost your compass and now have no true north for morality or ethics.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:08 | Report abuse |
    • Mom of 2

      First of all, atheism is NOT a religion. Second, exactly what is being forced upon you?

      November 26, 2012 at 13:44 | Report abuse |
    • rdeleys

      Ehem, uh, listen Ray, atheism is not a religion. It's the absence of one. Got it?

      November 26, 2012 at 15:47 | Report abuse |
    • MysticYat

      I just read over the 10 commandments – there isn't one that says "Thou shalt not have s3x" only one about doing it with your neighbor's wife. Teens have been experimenting and discovering s3x since the beginning of mankind. Plenty of teens conceiving babies in barns, fields, hovels and automobile back seats throughout the ages. Only difference in “teen pregnancy” between biblical times and now is that we no longer marry our teens off as soon as they hit puberty. Isn’t it better to give them an option to prevent pregnancy, instead of condemning them for getting pregnant???????

      November 26, 2012 at 11:15 | Report abuse |
    • montyross

      that is what we get from a feminist driven agenda, they will not allow themselves to become pregnant so they feel that no one else should

      November 26, 2012 at 13:25 | Report abuse |
    • Ralph M

      I knew as soon as i started this story that there would be tons of right wing fanatics clogging the boards. too bad they dont see that these "gifts from god" are one of the biggest financial drains on our government there ever was.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:25 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      People like this guy are the reason this country is seen as stupid. I'm tired of pandering to the religious. It's time we tell them once and for all to shut up and leave it at home. People think plan B is some sort of abortion pill...but all it does is block the tubes. It's like taking a pill that makes your nose run....nothing more.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:34 | Report abuse |
    • nietodarwin

      "The 10 Commandments are NOT 10 suggestions. They were given to all of us for a good purpose. Please keep them in your lives and they will help in every given situation." You are DELUSIONAL Vi Kanavel. Isn't # 10 that I shouldn't cook a baby goat in it's mother's own milk.?

      Don't believe in your "god" , your bible is an instruction manual for murder, and I don't even consider your commandments as valid suggestions. Go pray in a hole, and let us fix things for future generations, who you care nothing about, because you think you will be in "heaven."

      November 26, 2012 at 11:50 | Report abuse |
    • OregonTom

      So what is immoral about sex? My copy of the big 10 says nothing about sex being immoral.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:51 | Report abuse |
    • ii2bcnii

      People realize that that was stupid, and only taught by grey-haired religious folk

      November 26, 2012 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
    • rs

      So why does high morals and abstience have to be equated to religon? Are you m*r*ns advocates of doing things that bring you harm becasue you don't believe in religion? Do you m*r*ns get that maybe thats why religon came into being in the first place? So next you'll tell us murder is OK because it takes morals not to kill. You atheists are M*R*NS.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Two words – Bristol Palin.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • rick

      This is not what Sodom and Gomorrah were about

      November 26, 2012 at 12:29 | Report abuse |
    • rick

      "Please do not let anyone tell you that immorality is a good way to live"

      Please do not listen to anyone else's view of morality

      November 26, 2012 at 12:36 | Report abuse |
    • ADifferentView

      I agree that if people would follow the biblical teachings then this talk of birth control would be unnecessary. In the eyes of God all fornication is sinful and the work of the Devil. Even if the couple is married it is still sin!!! If people wish to throw away their immortal souls for a few minutes of physical pleasure, then don't blame me when the fires of hell are lapping around you.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:39 | Report abuse |
    • Leslie K

      Apparently you have never read the Bible.

      November 27, 2012 at 15:44 | Report abuse |
    • truth

      Sodom & Gomorrah were misinterpreted by the bible. Then again the bible is just a man made concoction. Never happened as the bible stated, never.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:39 | Report abuse |
    • rodboy

      For a group of people to say this is the truth, when NONE of us were there, that pretty risky especially, COS, when you have NO IDEA of where the world came from. It is smarter to say God has always been or that matter has always been, which is smarter ,faster, better, think again.

      November 27, 2012 at 16:58 | Report abuse |
    • truth

      10 commandments were written by men long before the bible added it in. It was good people, not silly delusional religions, that enabled good. Time for a new 10 commandments. Those where written for ancient times now we are writing it for modern times – called secular law. 'cause secular law rules over man made god ones.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:42 | Report abuse |
    • kkdford

      @Ray – Non-religious people are not forcing you to believe in a religion, because they are NOT religious. Just because someone does not believe in the bible does not mean they are atheist. As a non-religious person, I have very high moral values that were learned by having amazing parents. It wasn't the church who kept me on the straight and narrow my whole life. It was my parents and all of the great values they taught me, like honesty, respect for others, perseverence, and integrity. Yet christianity judges others harshly for sexual preference, religious beliefs, etc. and constantly contradict exactly what the bible says not to do (judge others!). Because of how I was raised (not my religious beliefs), I graduated college twice, got married, then had a baby. I was taught to be responsible and make good decisions for my life. It had nothing to do with religion. Oh, and I also took birth control as a teenager, with the help of my parents. Being responsible for your reproductive system (no matter the age) has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with education and availability.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
    • William

      An atheist does not believe in god or religion an agnostic believes in god but does not believe in religion.

      November 27, 2012 at 08:25 | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      There's nothing wrong with getting around. Life's pleasures are here for us to enjoy. As long as you're being safe about it there's no problem. Although you really don't need Plan B if you're being safe about it. It may stop the baby, but it won't stop the herp.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:03 | Report abuse |
    • femfilly

      If you're being safe about it and the condom breaks, you should probably take plan b.

      November 26, 2012 at 16:04 | Report abuse |
  2. jose

    Teens do not need contraception, they need education on why they should not have sex or at least not to get pregnant. Giving them contraception sends them the message that it is okay to have sex irresposibly. They should be taught what supporting a child is, but if we give them food coupons, and welfare to support the child also then we are saying that their behavior and actions are okay. So, no giving teens contraception will only give them the message that it is ok to go and have sex without knowing what they are getting into. By the way, they should learn how to deal with their habits, what about telling them to buy the contraceptives, that will holt them a little, but giving them stuff is a bad message, wrong signals.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clarissa

      WE DO HAVE THAT EDUCATION, I LIVE IN TEXAS AND WE HAVE ABSTINENCE ONLY, and we have the highest rate of teen pregnancy, not THE highest but def in the top 10. So whats your plan now?

      November 26, 2012 at 10:34 | Report abuse |
    • kmcg

      Educating about contraception encourages RESPONSIBLE sex. Even though you may think it is immoral to have sex as a teenager, many disagree with you. Talking about contraception and safe (physically and emotionally) sex helps teenagers make informed decisions instead of acting on impusle.

      As a former high school sex educator I know that youth have terrible misconceptions about sex and what can or cannot make you pregnant.

      I also know that I had many students talk to me privately and say that they were glad for my talk because they now know they are NOT ready, but probably would have had sex before my class. I have had others say that they are ready, and that now they know how to protect themselves and their partner. I'm ok with that.

      It is not my (nor anyone else's) job to judge. We can provide the information neutrally and help youth make the best decisions for them, I only hope that they have the information, because decisions are being made in ignorance.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:40 | Report abuse |
    • dx2718

      Actually, contraception (not the emergency kind but the regular kind you take as a preventative measure) has non-bc advantages. It regulates hormones. It can make you less likely to WANT to fool around, as well as making periods more bearable and controlling acne. As far as I can tell, ALL teen girls should be on birth control, rather than pumping them full of ibuprofen several days per month and making them smear their faces with chemicals. If it was normal to be on bc, you could still educate them as to the dangers of s3x (bc, for example, does not protect against STD's) and see what happens. My guess is they don't care. They don't care about the dangers of anything; they're young and they think they're going to live forever. They do drugs, they drink, they smoke. S3x is no different from any other risky behavior they do because they're KIDS. Whether or not they are on bc will not matter as to whether they decide to engage in risky behavior. What WILL be different, however, is that the ones who DO indulge will not end up bringing children into this world who will suffer from lack of mature parents to take care of them and then repeat the behavior again when they're teens.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:40 | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Actually, giving them contraception teaches them to have sex responsibly. To not have contraception would be irresponsible, so you've got things totally backwards.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:41 | Report abuse |
    • Facts

      The ideal idea behind Sex Education is to teach teenagers about how to have sex safe with various current methods and the consequences of not following it (ie. STD/STI, pregnancy). Abstinence should be taught IN ADDITION to the other methods of safe sex such as condoms, the pill, the patch, etc. People who are in denial should wake up and just realize that everybody, adults and including children will have sex. We are responsible adults should at least do our part to encourage children that if they indeed end up having sex, they do it safely.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:42 | Report abuse |
    • Gaunt

      Yes, because giving someone a bulletproof vest teaches them its OK to get shot.
      Forcing someone to wear a seatbelt teaches them its ok to crash their car into things.

      No you half-wit, teaching sex ed does not teach them its ok to have sex: it teaches them about how to avoid the negative side-effects of sex: STDs and unwanted pregnancies.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:43 | Report abuse |
    • really?

      Jose, I used hormonal contraception medication from the age of 13 to treat irregular periods and horrifying menstrual cramps. I waited to give away my virginity until I was ready and I was nearly through college and no longer a teenager. I guess that blows your hypothesis. I was educated to (1) wait until I was ready and (2) to be safe when I chose to do these things. That's right! My partner and I still used condoms even though I was on "the pill" because only condoms offer protection from STDs. Education is the answer, not " do as I say and not as I did and still like to do".

      November 26, 2012 at 10:45 | Report abuse |
    • ADifferentView

      Contraception is just a green light for any person to have sex. Lifetime abstinence is the only straight path. If a couple fools around and gets pregnant the the couple should be forced to get married.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      Hormones are raging during the teen years! We need to be realistic and take care of their inexperience of life and give them contraception!

      November 26, 2012 at 13:28 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      This is such an ignorant stance it boggles my mind.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
    • LostinSLC

      Although noble in thought, your path is misguided. Hormones tend to over ride the choices in the brain causing these things to happen. Being a teen is difficult enough and sometimes there is a situation where it happens. Yes we should give them all the tools to prevent this from even happening, but the contraception should be available as a stop gap measure as well.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:41 | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Right on! Contraception, like other safety measures, just inspires bad decision making and irresponsible behaviour! That's why I've removed seat belts and airbags from my children's car. After all, if they have safety measures, they'll just think that it's okay to crash their cars. Now that's real responsible parenting!

      November 26, 2012 at 13:51 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      Jose says: 'Teens do not need contraception, they need education on why they should not have sex or at least not to get pregnant.'

      The contradiction and hypocrisy are right there in Jose's statement. How can teenagers avoid pregnancy without contraception? Logic fail.

      November 26, 2012 at 14:04 | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      The only reason abstinence only sex education hasn't worked is because it has not been done well. Abstinence is the only 100% form of birth control and is also the best one for kids psychologically. Parents would rather give a kid a pill than to actually build a good relationship and assert positive values. Kid might have sex? Give her a pill. Kid is depressed? Give him a pill. Kid has anxiety? Give him a pill. Then you can ignore them without having them aggravate you and interrupt all your "me time".

      November 26, 2012 at 14:06 | Report abuse |
    • Ranger01

      Clarissa – When young women are no longer offered abortion as a way out of responsibility, and have to raise those babies, then others like them will think twice about spreading their legs. Also, the boys that think making babies is fun have to pay out money for 18 years after getting a girl pregnant, as part of child support, will also make abstinence much more attractive for the rest who have not made that mistake. I did not have sex until I was Married because I knew it was wrong, and against my upbringing. If more parents made clear what would happen, and the price to be paid they would keep the pants zipped tight. .

      November 26, 2012 at 14:47 | Report abuse |
    • a Mom

      Right. Because education is a bad thing. Teens aren't tempted. No young lady is ever talked in to having sex. No teens ever make mistakes. They are all fully- functioning rational adults.And of course if a teen gets pregnant, she should most definitely be forced to bring an unwanted child into the world because that will teach her, won't it? (Of course the young man may not have to deal with any of the fall out of his actions). You need to move to Saudi Arabia where women aren't valued. For the rest of us who stay here, education (and women) should be valued. Teens should be educated. Parents should make the choice about what should be available for their teenager.

      November 26, 2012 at 14:49 | Report abuse |
    • daremonai

      So... teaching them to have sex safely is teaching them unsafe sex?

      November 26, 2012 at 15:00 | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      How are we supposed to educate teens about not getting pregnant without discussing contraception? Do you actually listen to yourself?

      The argument that contraception encourages people to have sex is no more logical than an argument that seat belts and airbags encourage people to drive recklessly. It simply does not follow.

      The fact of the matter is that what you think is immoral is irrelevant.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:00 | Report abuse |
    • femfilly

      The best way to "or not get pregnant" is probably to take or use the contraceptives you learned about in class. Furthermore, If you're not responsible enough to have protected sex, you probably can't raise a baby on your own without support.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:02 | Report abuse |
    • longisland

      @ AdifferentView,

      The 1700s called. They miss you.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:33 | Report abuse |
    • JustMe

      Teaching kids not to get pregnant is teaching them not to have s ex irresponsibly. Obviously, with the statistics in the article, telling them not to have s ex doesn't work. Delaying childbearing until education is done, there is a job, a home, a stable relationship and a way to support that child is the most responsible thing anyone can do. I put myself on the pill as a teen. Finished my schooling, have been married for almost 28 years, 2 sons ages 26 and 21, both of us have always worked, never got any govt' help etc. Now how is that irresponsible?

      November 26, 2012 at 15:33 | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    Excuse me da, you want to rethink this little gem?

    " If 100 teens use abstinence for a year, 85% of them will be pregnant at the end of that year."

    November 26, 2012 at 10:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • correction

      Jason, it should read "if 100 sexually active teens use no form of birth control, 85% of the women will be pregnant at the end of one year". That is a factually accurate statement. Reliance on teaching abstinance-only, however, does promote no use of birth control in teens who will become sexually active anyway.

      November 26, 2012 at 10:39 | Report abuse |
  4. VinUSA

    Fact: the only way to decrease teen pregnancy is to educate and make contraception available.
    Fact: by far #1 cause of high school drop-out is unwanted pregnancy
    Fact: Most high school drop-outs never make more than $40k

    Conclusion: providing education and contraception is good for the economy; something most developing countries (notably: China) have know for decades.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ray

      China???? You mean the country that is currently and has been for years at war with baby girls??? That is the country we should model ourselves after?

      November 26, 2012 at 11:05 | Report abuse |
    • Jack Rivera

      Just remove the reproductive organs on the manchild and pregnancy will be a thing of the past.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:58 | Report abuse |
    • bcarpe

      Do please back up your first fact. I'm not convinced that you don't have a false premise.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
  5. Hashim

    Sodom and Gomorrah are mythical characters, made up by men in the early times, to explain things they didnt understand. Similar to all religions, these are myths, without any scientific proof, and little explaination beyond curroption and greed. In modern times, Religion is used by the powerful, to convince the uneducated and poor that it is ok if there lives are awful, they have better things waiting for them in heaven. I feel terrible for the people who must suffer from this mythical creation, all of those who cover faces, live in poverty, war, and fear, yet still give thier pastor, priest or what have you their last dollar in hopes that one day they will be able to live without the very thing thier "blind" faith has created.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ray

      You should maybe do a little research before you post. Archaeologists are pretty sure they have found both cities and both cities are covered in ash and sulfur. I know you will push that off on a volcano, go ahead. You didn't even realize they have been found.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:14 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      Hashim, Sodom and Gomorrah are real cities recently rediscovered on the edge of the Dead Sea. Your archaeological blindness does not negate the fact that the two cities did, in fact, exist. Your desire to grind your agenda, whatever it is, has been noted. Still, the ruins of the buildings are there in spite of your desires.

      November 26, 2012 at 14:18 | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    Eh-ju-kay-shun! That's a great way to combat this, besides the fact that there are 1 trillion reasons NOT to have a kid in this economy.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • peridot2

      Absolutely, education! We teach kids how to safely drive their cars but some parents think it's OK to keep them in the dark regarding how their bodies function. IMO it's the most foolish idea in the world. A girl should know how to protect herself from pregnancy BEFORE she begins to menstruate.

      Children are sexual beings from birth. Teenagers have full sexual drives. This is extremely difficult for some parents to accept. Those parents may be those who don't want their children to learn sex education. That may be some form of denial mechanism at work. Parents seem to believe that no sex ed = no sex. Research shows it does NOT work, no matter how much parents wish that it were so.

      A desire to reduce abortions means we must have sex ed in schools. Period. There cannot be one without the other. Anything else smacks of the anti-abortion folks wanting to have it all their way. There must be some compromise. Abstinence-Only Sex Ed failed with 85 % of our youth.

      November 26, 2012 at 14:46 | Report abuse |
  7. Guest

    I'ts the 21st century,we're a civilized nation and a sophisticated one too... there should be no legitimate, thoughtful reason for denying teens contraception like the pill especially since resulting unwanted pregnancies inevitably put everyone in that abortion conundrum. No point in denying their active sex lives – earlier and more vigorous than ever before, so why bury our collective heads in the sand.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • bcarpe

      We're a civilized nation. We should be able to practice self-control. We shouldn't have to resort to behaviors that put people at risk of poverty, disease, and death for short-lived pleasures. It'll take some work, it'll take the grace of God. But the society we live in needs to move forward in civility and encourage abstinence.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:48 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      BCarpe, you're free to do as you like with your children and your family. I will do as the Lord leads me with mine. However, projecting *our* Christian religion onto others is inappropriate. Are you aware there are 30,000 different forms of Christianity today?

      Sex ed in schools is necessary to reduce the abortion rate. Abstinence Only Sex Ed has done nothing to reduce the abortion rate. Remember Matthew 7:5. The Lord told us what to do in His Own Words.

      Doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is the definition of insanity. One of our great scientists, Albert Einstein, told us this. We must change actions if we want different outcomes.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:07 | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      We're a civilized nation all right. We can't help but start wars every few years. We can't stop people from taking drugs. We can't stop people from giving money to charlatans, quacks, and conmen. We can't stop the gov't from spending more than it brings in year after year after year. These are all behaviors that could be controlled with enough effort. And you expect that most teens will be able to practice self control on the STRONGEST urge that living creatures possess????

      November 29, 2012 at 10:56 | Report abuse |
  8. Gaunt

    The religious zealot guide to driver's ed:

    We dont teach driver's education, or basic driving safety.

    After all, if you teach a child to wear a seatbelt, they will assume its OK to crash into things. We cant have basic education and knowledge to teach children the consequences of their actions, that would be anti-God! far better to just let them drive into the car on their own, uneducated and unsupervised. God will watch over them i'm certain.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. roadrunner321

    Teens are going to have sex. Do you know why? Because most are not mentally developed enough to consider the ramifications on their future. Their rational minds have not caught up to exert control over their emotions. It's a fact of cognitive biology. It's not a matter of lax morals or irresponsibility; they are going to have sex because it feels better than anything they have ever experienced. What matters is what works in reducing the fallout.

    Lack of contraception does not discourage teens from having sex, nor does teaching abstinence only. Withholding contraception will not reduce the number of teens having sex or the number of pregnancies. Being against contraception is the same position people took against the HPV vaccine. They said girls shouldn't get it because it would encourage them to have sex and they would not necessarily get HPV and cervical cancer. As if girls deserved such consequences for desires beyond her ability to control. No, it means that WHEN teens have sex, not IF, they will not necessarily ruin their lives.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kippyafd

      You can give kids bc all day long, but it does not mean they will use it correctly, or even at all. The pill must be taken at the same time everyday. How many teenage girls are that responsible?

      November 26, 2012 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      So kiddy, you think teenage girls aren't responsible enough to learn to take a single pill every day, but somehow can be expected to be responsible enough to avoid all sexual activity? Interesting...

      November 26, 2012 at 14:24 | Report abuse |
    • femfilly

      kippy, you have a valid argument about the pill, but the pill isn't the only form of contraceptive. I'm an adult and I couldn't remember to take the pill. My husband had to remind me every day. Now I have the implant. It's a matchstick-sized rod that releases progestin. It's in my arm for 3 years, and it is the most effective hormonal bc. It's 99.98% effective. My theory is that if I'm not responsible enough to take the pill, I'm probably not responsible enough to have a baby either...

      November 26, 2012 at 14:58 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      @kippyafd: You believe a teenage girl isn't responsible enough to take the Pill, but is responsible enough to carry a pregnancy to term or look after an infant?

      Logic fail.

      Teenage girls are responsible enough to look after themselves when they menstruate, keep track of their periods and keep up with homework and school activities. Taking one pill a day isn't that different from taking a vitamin every day, which is recommended for menstruating females.

      Or are you unaware of this recommendation by doctors?

      November 26, 2012 at 15:13 | Report abuse |
  10. David M

    It wouldn't be a bad idea to also to discuss with them how to keep their legs closed and zippers up. Along with the discussion about safe sex, we need to help them understand the ramifications of an unwanted pregnancy. Let's not stop with just safe sex discussion, but include the whole picture. At least try to help them understand the outcome of their hormone-driven decisions.

    November 26, 2012 at 10:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • deadlyserious

      That's what already happens in health classes that talk about contraception instead of just abstinence.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:03 | Report abuse |
    • Footnotegirl

      David M., Comprehensive Sex Education (i.e. sex ed that teaches about birth control) ALWAYS also teaches that it's okay and in many (most) cases, better to say no. The general theme of comprehensive sex education is usually "It is best at this point in your lives not to have sex. But, if you do, here are ways to keep yourself protected from long term consequences."

      November 26, 2012 at 11:23 | Report abuse |
  11. Unfortunately

    Many of these kids learn from their parents. Parents either had them when they were young or they are are too busy trying to be friends to their children rather than disciplinarians and teachers. Instead of teaching responsibility, it gives them a green light if they have it in their purse. It takes away from having to talk to your parents and vice versa. I understand the whole "let's abstain" thing doesn't work, but most parents aren't trying to talk to their kids anymore either.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • amkamk

      Not all children have parents who care about them or even provide for them. That is a naive thought about the family structure, especially here in the U.S.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:13 | Report abuse |
    • guest

      My mother had babies at 15, 16, and 19. The oldest is my sister, she waited until she was 37 to have her first child. The second is me, I'm 45 and was never interested in children so I still practice birth control. The third, the youngest, had 3 children, the first when she was 32.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:56 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      By your Insane Troll Logic, Unfortunately, anyone with a handgun will immediately commit armed robbery or murder and anyone with a car will immediately run it off a cliff or into a river.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:23 | Report abuse |
  12. nietodarwin

    I don't know any xstians who just vomit all over the table when other people are there eating. Why can't they realize that all their preaching and "moralizing" and quoting some stupid old instruction manual for murder, child abuse, and abuse of women has the same effect on our society. The xstian "wrong" lost the election, Obama care is the law of the land, and contraception and abortion should be free and available to all. I'm 50. In 1962 the world pop. was 3.2 billion. In 2011 we hit 7 BILLION. If they can't accept the FACT of evolution, the foundation of all biology, one would hope simple arithmetic would get through. I don't believe in heaven or hell, but the whole of the xstian "wrong" needs to go to the latter. I wish more creationist xstian "wrong" people could win Darwin awards, given to those people who help the quality of the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the gene pool by their own death by stupidity, like that show 1000 ways to die.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Dum Hycks

    Stop being such uptight religious prudes and maybe these teens can get the help they need.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Markus

    If your kids watch prime time TV they are most likely going to have sex, if you have no moral code (church, prayer, anything higher then yourself) in your family they are likely going to have sex. Common sense depends on the each person's moral compass. If you have no sense of morals then you have no common sense. Life is simple people, just use your brains. It's about the odds and reducing the numbers. We should be telling our kids to wait for marriage, it's very simple.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gordon

      And what about the other 40+ states that don't allow gay marriage?

      November 29, 2012 at 11:04 | Report abuse |
  15. aperson

    To all you single women out there. Yes, use birth control. It may sound like a dream but having Obama's baby would not be the right special person for your first time.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Chris

    Look...fact is folks. Condoms aren't fun and ruin the experience. It's that simple. If they would transfer all of the feeling like skin on skin...I don't think we would be having this problem.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • keng

      I can see it now.... "hey baby, ... I forgot the condoms, but don't worry I have plan B right here in my coat pocket" -wink and a smile...

      November 26, 2012 at 12:14 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      Chris, condoms are Choice for guys. Don't come whining and complaining when a woman chooses to exercise her Choice and you want her to have your child. That will be too sad, too bad for you.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:35 | Report abuse |
  17. lynne

    It is silly to assume that education about safe sex is permission to have sex. We have education about drugs and their potential harm – does that mean we are saying it is okay to do drugs? Or, to give a more applicable example, we give vaccinations to young children for tenanus, does that mean we are encouraging people to find rusty nails and cut themselves? No. If the medicine exists to prevent needless pregnancies and diseases, then it should be used. If there is knowledge to be shared about safe sex, then it should be. Period. I teach teenagers for a living, and the misconceptions they have about what can cause pregnancy are horrifying.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • femfilly

      I was a sex-educator in college and I second the horrifying misconceptions bit. College freshmen have the strangest strategies to not get pregnant or an STD, but hardly any of them know where to get their partners tested...

      November 26, 2012 at 16:08 | Report abuse |
  18. nietodarwin

    It is good to see the ratio of rational thinking people leaving comments on here to the number of religious wackos still saying, "keep it in your pants" and "keep your legs closed." Religious STUPIDITY is finally fading away. I wish I were younger so I could live long enough to see religious influence removed from our society, or at least our government, completely. Religion is HARMING our nation, keeping our test scores low in comparison to other countries. Religious freedom does not mean freedom to BULLY all of society with delusional beliefs that contradict proven science. This is just more abuse. Forcing a child into a RELIGION IS CHILD ABUSE. Denying teens contraception is teen abuse and abuse of our society and our nation. Religion is the OPPOSITE of patriotism.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seriously?

      You seriously think that religion is the reason our country is falling behind academically? There wouldn't even be any schools in this country is it weren't for the Catholic Church. However, regardless of the fact of why we even have an educational system in the United States, the reasons we are falling behind now are much more complex. First, the 'No Child Left Behind' law keeps schools focused on getting kids to pass a test, not to learn. Second, popular music, movies, television and advertising all glorify materialism and often vilify scientific or mathematic occupations – that's right, it is not religions that do that, but the secular society at large. Third, celebrations of mediocrity like a graduation ceremony from kindergarten dilute real accomplishments like graduating college. Fourth, the collapse of the family unit directly causes poverty and apathy toward education and the country. The list goes on and on of why our education system is failing us, but a very large reason is a lack of parental involvement. If a child does not see any importance placed on education by their parents, whom they look to for guidance, then they will learn to not place any importance upon it either. It starts in the home, within the family, between a parent and child. That is where education can be successful or fail first – then we can worry about the failings of the country as a whole. That is also where education about sex and why it is better to wait until marriage are most successful AND if more families would approach it properly within their own homes then it would become less of a problem for society as a whole to need to debate. Of course, debating within a comments section of a news article, or any online comment section really, is an exercise in folly anyway, just like trying to solve the nation's and world's problems by enforcing one's own will upon others.

      November 26, 2012 at 14:24 | Report abuse |
  19. c

    I find it amazing in our society, that my 14 year old daughter has to have me with her to sign papers that give permission for her to have her ears pierced at Walmart. YET.... she can get abortion/contraception without my knowledge. There is something VERY wrong in our society.
    And... abstinence DOES work, 100 percent of the time! That is what our kids need to be told.
    They also need to be told that there are responsibilities that come with activities that belong ONLY in marriage.
    Children deserve to have 2 parents to raise and love them. If a child is irresponsible and gets pregnant, they should have the option of 1. raising that child or 2. allowing somebody else the gift of raising that child. There should NEVER be an option 3. Murdering the child.
    #3 carries a life long secret burden that we have NO RIGHT selling to our naive children.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • nietodarwin

      If she doesn't need YOUR permission, that's a good thing. Parents like you are the reason we have such high teen pregnancy rates. If she follows your lead, she runs a good chance of being pregnant by age 16. You probably believe that evolution is a lie, so the poor kid is going to be at a disadvantage in 2-3 years when she takes biology, and learns that Darwin is THE heavy hitter of modern biology, just like say......Einstein or Newton in physics. Do you believe in gravity. I see the "gravity of the situation" when teens are raised by your kind. I pity your daughter being raised by such deluded ignorance, completely ignoring the world you live in.

      November 26, 2012 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • montyross

      darwindude its people like like you that lead to people doing what they want, if there is no higher authority then what i do is right in my own eyes. Nature tells us that a womans period at 12 or 13 means shes ready to conceive. Darwin provides no guidelines for morals, only what is biologically right and with this argument the perverts will come calling.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:12 | Report abuse |
    • drk

      Disallowing ear piercing means she waits until she's 18. Not much at stake there and a very different sort of consequence than forcing her to continue a pregnancy. Actually, your willingness to force your daugther to continue an unwanted pregnancy is precisely the reason she should have the ability to get an abortion without your permission, although in most states she probably could not. No woman should ever be forced to continue a pregnancy she does not want to continue.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
  20. jim

    This is when you realize religious nuts are more interested in controlling peoples sex lives that abortion.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. jim

    To the abstinence crowd, TWO WORDS – Bristol Palin!!!

    November 26, 2012 at 11:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • c

      "bristol palin"? She was not abstinate.That is obvious.
      Besides. Religion was never mentioned in my post.
      There are those who find self control something that is valuable in order to have a civil society.
      We are separated from beasts in that we CAN have self control.
      There needs to be abstinence so we don't have children raising children.
      Abortion is not the answer.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:01 | Report abuse |
    • nietodarwin

      Funny stuff jim. Brevity is the soul of wit, but the xstian "wrong" does not have any wits about them. Free contraception and sexual education is good for teens, and forcing children and teens into a RELIGION IS CHILD ABUSE.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:03 | Report abuse |
    • jim

      c- the point is, Bristol Palin has about as much "abstinence only" training as anyone COULD have and it didn't help.

      Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:07 | Report abuse |
    • nietodarwin

      Hey, you dumb "c" You wrote "There are those who find self control something that is valuable in order to have a civil society.
      We are separated from beasts in that we CAN have self control." How but all you religious nuts practice some self control and get your deluded beliefs out of our government and society. Some of us care about the future generations even though we won't be here, and we aren't so deluded as to think "who cares because I and Me and Jesus and God will all be happy in "heaven."
      Go crawl in a hole, (or a grave) and pray from there. Learn some BIOLOGY, we are NOT "separated from beasts" we share %99 of our DNA with chimps.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:09 | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Some people still can't seem to wrap their tiny minds minds around the concept that Plan B is NOT abortion. It prevents a pregnancy from occurring. In order for someone to terminate a pregnancy, it has to have occurred in the first place. Want to decrease abortions? Noble goal. Encourage education / contraception and there will be fewer unwanted pregnancies.

      November 26, 2012 at 17:22 | Report abuse |
  22. Bobby

    "There are no serious side effects to emergency contraception, Beurner said. "

    Except for killing an unborn life that is.

    November 26, 2012 at 11:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jim

      How do you know "that is"? What's the difference between than and a spermicide?

      November 26, 2012 at 11:59 | Report abuse |
    • c

      Jim, the difference is a spermicide kills sperm. A day after pill kills a baby. It is after a sperm and egg come together.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:04 | Report abuse |
    • jim

      c – how do you know the day after "it's a baby," and since when is a clump of 4 to 8 cells a "baby?"

      November 26, 2012 at 12:08 | Report abuse |
    • nietodarwin

      See what i mean there DUMB "c" IT IS NOT A BABY . It's called a ZYGOTE. Take a biology class.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:12 | Report abuse |
    • c

      I understand biology. I understand it is a zygote. But that zygote IS a baby.
      Nor am I dumb.
      I also understand where babies come from and that they need loving homes.
      Maybe the neodarwin person needs a mommy. He/she sure is hateful. How sad.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:33 | Report abuse |
    • c

      I will believe in Big Bang evolution when I see Apes building sky scrapers and having general elections.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
    • drk

      False. Emergency contraception prevents ovulation. Just like the regular birth control pill.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:28 | Report abuse |
    • femfilly

      The morning after pill will not harm an existing pregnancy. It prevents a lady from ovulating and also makes it difficult for the sperm to enter the egg is one has already been released. Sperm can live for 7 days in the right conditions. The morning after pill gives a woman the chance not to ovulate.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:07 | Report abuse |
  23. jim

    Arguing "abstinence" as a reason not to allow birth control is like arguing "drive safely" as a reason not to have air bags or seat belts.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • nietodarwin

      Keep up the good work of actual LOGIC, REASON, AND SCIENCE there jim. There may be hope for us yet in this information age, which allows us to state truth and fact without fear of being MURDERED by religious zealots just for telling the truth.
      It took the catholic church 500 years to admit Galieo was correct, but things are moving faster now.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:16 | Report abuse |
  24. amanda

    Just another way for the people of this country to not take responsibility for their actions...

    Same things as not getting an education and then waiting for the working citizens and those who did to pay your way.

    F'ing losers.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • nietodarwin

      Sex Ed, Contaception, and yes even abortion, are friends of education. The xstian "wrong" just wants to force more teen pregnancies, which hinder or STOP education, and then make working citizens pay. The religious need to take responsibility for THEIR actions, causing all of our society harm.

      November 26, 2012 at 12:20 | Report abuse |
    • femfilly

      Understanding your body, taking precautions like birth control and condoms (and back-up methods, like the morning after pill) are taking responsibility for your actions. Responsible people plan ahead and take contraceptive.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:10 | Report abuse |
  25. Ted

    It is obvious that this debate is about 13th century ideas of morality, not birth control or abortion.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. kevnbro

    Parents who teach abstinence only due to their religious beliefs need to realize that as children age into teens, they will begin to see the world through their own eyes and not the eyes of their parents. As they work their way out from under their parents unquestionable guidance and authority and move to the 'edge of the nest', it's very possible that they will not choose to continue to follow those religious beliefs or they may pursue a different faith or none at all. This reality is all a part of growing into maturity and self reliance. Wouldn't it make more sense to educate your children about contraception so that they head off into the world with as much knowledge of self protection and preservation as possible? Give them access to the tools they need to make wise decisions and know that a solid moral foundation and ethical behavior are not limited to the religiously devout.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • montyross

      you humanist have over-educated youreslves

      November 26, 2012 at 13:18 | Report abuse |
    • kevnbro

      Us "humanists" live in the real world; you know, the one populated by... humans!?

      November 26, 2012 at 13:34 | Report abuse |
  27. Eveline

    In the Netherlands we have sex education in the last class of the 'basisschool' (elementary) or in the first class of (junior) highschool. We get told to think before we act, but when we act, to use bc (preferably the pill + condom= 'double dutch').
    The Netherlands have one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates (if not the lowest).

    November 26, 2012 at 12:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. thermaljockey

    So, having teen drivers use seatbelts will cause them to drive unsafely? Oh, wait.... sex. Suddenly the argument has to be different. Sheesh.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. toobefree

    Emergency contraception is designed to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It works by inhibiting ovulation and disrupting the production of key cells needed in a woman’s body to conceive. It works best if taken up to 24 hours after intercourse, although it lowers pregnancy risk if taken within 120 hours (five days). It will not work if you are already pregnant

    November 26, 2012 at 12:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • femfilly


      November 26, 2012 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      The antiabortionists don't understand the concept of biology or contraception. They don't want to see anything other than a potential pregnancy is prevented. Never mind the rights or the choice of the mother.

      Everything equals a dead baby to their single-minded view. Of course, when it comes to them, they're usually Pro-Choice. Look at Sarah Palin. She had TWO abortions when she was in college. The hypocrisy on the Right is sickening.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
  30. El Flaco

    Those who are opposed to abortion should not have one.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • montyross

      and those that never have the type of sex that might lead to pregnancy should be silent also

      November 26, 2012 at 13:20 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      Montyross, that leaves out everyone but virgins. Every sex act can lead to pregnancy unless it's with someone who is postmenopausal or who has had surgical intervention to stop fertility.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:52 | Report abuse |
  31. truth

    Here,, for the silly religious.. just announce 'all teens must practice abstinence.'

    and all the teens will say 'Wow, I didn't know that.'

    There you go, no more teen pregnancies.

    November 26, 2012 at 12:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • peridot2

      Abstinence was the only method of birth control there was for millennia. There's absolutely no need to lean on it now because it was useful in the past. Because it was the procedure for thousands of years is no reason to think it's some holy high special wonderful thing...it's not. Depending on it now doesn't work and it's unrealistic.

      For thousands of years in the recent past since we became agrarian, most brides were pregnant when they married. Fertility was important, children were necessary in marriage. If a couple couldn't produce children together, they wouldn't marry.

      Why not try something that works in the now?

      November 26, 2012 at 16:06 | Report abuse |
  32. earthmoma

    I'm a woman, I am a mother of two girls, I fully support this. I had my oldest when I was 19, and my youngest when I was 25. I was taught abstinence... as were my peers. I got good grades in school, and am a year away from my bachelors degree. most of my peers had children by the age of 20 and got married and soon after divorced. I have maybe 3 friends who don't have multiple children, and they are not doing so hot financially. These are remarkably smart individuals who should be much further in life then they have been able to get. Either educate realistically, or provide ways to prevent pregnancy! You cannot use religion and threats of sin to divert kids from having sex. You need to teach them the TRUTH. providing them with safe access to prevent unwanted pregnancy, no longer includes abstinence. It includes BIRTH CONTROL, EDUCATION, PLAN B, CONDOMS, and SELF RESPECT. I am more then qualified to make these statements. you better believe My children will be on birth control and have access to ways of preventing pregnancy. Children make mistakes, that is what they do. making the unbelievably irresponsible choice to have unprotected sex, or even using all the right resources (I got pregnant on the pill) They still deserve to have alternatives. you can't force people to be parents, and for those waiting for babies. SPARE ME!! OUR FOSTER CARE SYSTEM IS OVERFLOWING WITH UNWANTED CHILDREN WHO ARE LIVING OFF OF GOVERNMENT WELFARE. GO ADOPT THEM!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2012 at 12:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kippyafd

      so what you are saying is that we need the government to teach us what to do. If your friend did not figure out what causes pregnancy and ways to prevent it by the 3rd kid, no amount of education will help her.

      November 26, 2012 at 13:39 | Report abuse |
    • nietodarwin

      I sure hope you keep telling your story and opinion EVERYWHERE. I'm a childless male, atheist and FED UP with the stupidity that religion keeps spewing on us, but YOU will be listened to, and understood better by all teens. I worked in a THE highest square mile radius of teen pregnancy in LA the 90's , and have seen the damage that ignorance (from religion or just ignorance) causes. I saw girls I taught in 5th grade that were pregnant in 7th grade. I hope you can become part of some organization that will teach male and female teens alike. GREAT COMMENT

      November 26, 2012 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
  33. Michael, Chapel Hill

    Even in the 21st century Wrong is Wrong...though justifications against it may vary. After effects of these pills on human body are very clear... Environment of body is destroyed thru the pills...

    November 26, 2012 at 13:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. JFCanton

    The closing statement is a little odd: a prescription is needed only for minors, but doctors should be obligated to prescribe even if they are morally opposed? Parents should retain some control over minors on this-if the parents are willing to be responsible for the results of a pregnancy. So assigning responsibility to the doctor seems premature.

    This measure seems better for the environment than having young women on the pill full-time, though.

    November 26, 2012 at 13:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. toobefree

    Children of religious and moral parents still have unprotected sex; children of religious and moral parents still get pregnant. Teen boys of religious and moral parents can and do date rape. These are sad statistics in the USA.
    As a tax payer, I would rather pay for teens (both boys and girls) to have access to free contraceptives then to pay for them to have an abortions.
    I would rather pay for a safe abortion then to have the girl hide a pregnancy from their family then kill the baby after birth and throw it in the garbage.
    What I don’t want to pay for is another teen mother on welfare and food stamps because of her religious and moral parents’ views on sex caused the whole mess in the first place.

    November 26, 2012 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. Linda

    Teens don't get pregnant because they are uneducated. They get pregnant because they are to lazy to be taking conterceptives. The other part is they are trying to get a boy....yes they are. Why don't we make a law that all men must have vesectomies. Problem taken care off.

    November 26, 2012 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • femfilly

      Or offer teens more long term birth control options, like the implant, ring, or others methods that people don't have to think about in the heat of the moment or everyday.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:22 | Report abuse |
  37. Lainie11

    Hollywood, television and politicians have given our young people very bad examples. The public schools and the sex education promoted there have given young people all the freedom they want. The teens are undisciplined and it's not the parent's fault in most instances. The peer pressure from the outside is much to strong for young ones to resist. And whoever heard of 8 and 9 year olds being gay – it's a learned behavior. We reap what we sow.

    November 26, 2012 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. My Opinion

    I just find it sadly humorous that we knew teens aren't responsible enough to buy liquor (age 21), vote (age 18), or purchase lottery tickets (18 or 21), but suddenly they're responsible enough to manage a "safe sex" life??

    Studies have shown they can't even text & drive responsibly, but we should expect them to be able to be responsible with an open prescription for hormone-inducing drugs.

    Umm.. okay... 😐

    November 26, 2012 at 13:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • My Opinion

      *we know

      November 26, 2012 at 13:33 | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      That argument might work if you were suggesting that we criminalize teenage sexual conduct. However, the government does not have the power or the right to do so.

      The argument that teens shouldn't have over-the-counter access to EC because it is dangerous has been refuted over and over again. If you actually bothered to learn about issues before opening your mouth, you would know that. Acetaminophen (which can cause severe liver damage if taken improperly) is more dangerous than EC (of which you would have to take several times the normal dose, which no one would ever have any reason to do, to even cause any substantially detrimental side effects). By the way, EC is not "hormone-inducing." EC contains synthetic versions of the reproductive system-regulating hormones our bodies produce naturally.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:12 | Report abuse |
  39. ????

    Just show them pictures of STDs and that should supress their urge to have sex. You need to change the mind before you can control the body.

    November 26, 2012 at 13:33 | Report abuse | Reply

    Easiest contraception is... you have a kid you support it. No ifs ands or buts.

    November 26, 2012 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gordon

      And if you can't support it - the gov't will give you OUR money to help. I'd rather have $1 in taxes go towards contraception and abortion than $100 in taxes go towards years of welfare, food stamps, healthcare, etc for the mother and the child that aren't self supporting.

      November 29, 2012 at 11:43 | Report abuse |
  41. kippyafd

    Educating kids about sex is all fine and dandy but what if the kids still do not follow THOSE directions? Just because some on here think that if we tell kids about sex and contraceptives, they will not get pregnant. Kids will not necessarily USE the contraceptives that you want to teach them about. Just as some on here say that teaching abstinance will not work.

    November 26, 2012 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maya

      Readily available studies (seriously, learn to use Google) on abstinence-only versus comprehensive sex education have shown that teens who are educated on contraceptives are more likely to use contraceptives than teens who are taught only abstinence are likely to be abstinent. Those studies also indicate that teens who are taught abstinence only are not significantly more likely to remain abstinent than teens who are taught about contraceptives. It is true that teens will not necessarily use contraceptives even when educated about them. It is also true that teens will not necessarily abstain from sex simply because they are told to. Considering that we know that abstinence-only education is ineffective, no rational person would prefer the latter to the former.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:18 | Report abuse |
  42. Jen

    My mother was a public health nurse. They tend to be all about preventing illnesses and promoting good habits, yet she said to me that she was opposed to condoms being available at schools and in vending machines because they might give kids ideas. Which just goes to show that when you add sex to the conversation, people stop thinking rationally.

    By the way, my sister got pregnant at 16 because somebody told her as long as the guy pulled out, it would be okay.

    November 26, 2012 at 13:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • femfilly

      So your sister got pregnant because she didn't realize that sperm could be in the fluids before a man's climax? If she would have had access to information and condoms she could have avoided an unintended pregnancy. This is why education is so important.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:18 | Report abuse |
  43. T.Storm

    There's no reason for it. Why can't we teach SELF CONTROL & resposibility. I was taught abstenance only until marriage over 25 yrs ago. Still works, believe it or not (& no, I am not gay). This society wants instant gratification. Why not teach a little discipline for once? Works wonders & works 100% of the time.

    November 26, 2012 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maya

      Your statement belies a serious misunderstanding of comprehensive sex education. The WHOLE POINT of comprehensive sex education is to teach self-control and responsibility. Your problem is that your morality leads you to the invalid conclusion that only people who are abstinent are disciplined and responsible. Your reasoning also betrays your desire to punish those who do not believe as you do. You would rather see a person who does not subscribe to your beliefs punished with unwanted pregnancy and STDs than give them the tools to prevent those harms. You don't give a **** about the well-being of teenagers. You just want to punish anyone who doesn't believe in your backwards desert morality.

      In a conflict between reality and subjective morality, reality wins out every time.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
    • T.Storm

      If there was ANY teaching of self control these days then artificial birth control would not be neccesary. But today's society & media teach that sex cheap & glamorize cheap sex sex.

      November 26, 2012 at 16:43 | Report abuse |
  44. edofmtl

    In Canada, a teen can simply walking into any clinic and ask reception to speak to a nurse. She will by pass any line or waiting. She will tell the nurse she had unprotected sex earlier in the day or yesterday. The nurse will then give her the pill. No one is aiming for an unwanted pregnacy. It sometimes happens when our hormones take over our better judgement. I am so gald those years are behind me.

    November 26, 2012 at 14:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Bob

    There is no such thing as responsible sex outside of marriage. When there is no commitment, whether they realize it at the time or not, someone is always being violated in some way when there is sex without commitment. There's usually one person who is more interested in just the sex than th eother, who subverts their actual desires and self respect to consent to the sex in an effort to create a more permanent relationship. If people stopped looking as sex as an action with no psychological components, they would realize that unwanted pregnancy is only one, and not the most important, potential negative that comes from sex outside of marriage.

    November 26, 2012 at 14:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maya

      You are assuming the unproven premise that no romantic relationship other than marriage is a committed one. This assumption is false and based purely on bias.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:25 | Report abuse |
  46. nietodarwin

    Same religious people against giving teens sex ed are the ones who want to cut social programs. Stupid is as stupid votes.
    SO GLAD the GOP got their butts kicked, and the sick influence of religious DELUSION is being driven out of public policy.
    I can prove to you that sex happens, that teen pregnancy is a problem for MANY reasons, and all you "moral" people can do is give opinions you got from a religious upbringing. I was lucky, I never got a girl pregnant, and became an atheist instead of a delusional believer in a "god." It's called pulling your head out of the stupid bible and reading some science.

    November 26, 2012 at 14:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. MrStupid

    Since 1970, out-of-wedlock birth rates have soared. In 1965, 24 percent of black infants and 3.1 percent of white infants were born to single mothers. By 1990 the rates had risen to 64 percent for black infants, 18 percent for whites. Every year about one million more children are born into fatherless families. The pill has NOT resulted in overall unplanned pregancies. Period.

    November 26, 2012 at 14:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CosmicC

      Please be careful with statistics. Just citing births out of wedlock is meaningless. You need to capture unwanted pregnancies. In 1965 I'd venture a guess that almost all pregnancies out of wedlock were unplanned. I'd guess that today there's a substantial number of planned pregnancies for unwed mothers. I'd also suggest that many pregnancies by married women are unplanned.

      November 26, 2012 at 17:58 | Report abuse |
  48. thebossdude

    Anstinence worked back when children obeyed and respected their parents and rules. Now we need something that temporarily steralizes someone until they are 18 or better yet until they pass a test proving they know how to be an adult.

    November 26, 2012 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maya

      That explains why teen pregnancy rates have consistently declined over the past century. Oh, wait...

      November 26, 2012 at 15:27 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      Let's freeze sperm samples and sterilise all the boys at age 13. The storage will cost far less than aid to families and Medicaid costs. So far all the medications, prescriptions, IUDs and drugs have targeted girls and women. This will even things out, don't you think?

      November 26, 2012 at 16:11 | Report abuse |
  49. nietodarwin

    Religion is an addiction, or so says the article I just googled "Religion as an addiction." All the science, logic, and reason won't work with these people, because they are addicted to the high their "belief" gives them, the false sense of superiority, (I'm going to heaven but you will burn in hell.) They are basically worse than junkies.

    November 26, 2012 at 14:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Sagebrush Shorty

    And eventually all this will be paid for by your tax dollars.

    November 26, 2012 at 15:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Maya

      Pills are cheaper than babies.

      November 26, 2012 at 15:27 | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      What costs more, education, medical care, clothing, entertainment, tutors, and food for an infant-to adult person for 18 YEARS, or birth control pills? Which is more expensive?

      What if the child is autistic? Today 1 in 88 is born autistic. My son's autistic. They need care their life long. Then they're on the taxpayer's dime for life. You know what they say, don't be penny wise and pound foolish.

      Sagebrush Shorty, can you do the math?

      November 26, 2012 at 16:19 | Report abuse |
    • CosmicC

      If he could do the math he wouldn't have posted this.

      November 26, 2012 at 17:34 | Report abuse |
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