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Plan B approved for over-the-counter use

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved that Plan B One-Step, also known as the morning after pill, could be sold over the counter, but to make the purchase buyers must prove they are 15 or older. In response, the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy has released this statement:
 
“We applaud the FDA for this ruling as improving contraceptive access for sexually active teens is critically important to preventing teen pregnancy.  However, this decision does not take away from the important role that parents, schools, and healthcare providers have in the sexual decision making of young people. These entities should continue to stress Plan A, which for young people means abstinence, or if the decision is made to have sex to use condoms and contraception every single time. In South Carolina, more than 50% of our high school students have already had sex; further, 42% of those did not use a condom the last time they had sex. Clearly, Plan A is not working for far too many young people in South Carolina. It is our responsibility as adults to do what we can to remove barriers for young people who wish to avoid pregnancy. 
 
We have made great progress in South Carolina in reducing teen births – hitting an all-time low in 2011, but we still have a long way to go as South Carolina ranks 11th in the nation with teen birth rates higher than the national average.  We believe Plan B is just one strategy in what we know is a very complex issue.  While we appreciate that some might be apprehensive about this decision, it is important to note that there is no research that says making contraception available to young people increases sexual activity.”
 
For more information on the FDA’s ruling, visit Time Magazine.