One physician doesn't think it's ethical for the American
Academy of Pediatricians to urge all doctors to counsel underage
girls and provide a prescription for the "morning-after" pill to
keep in advance of intimacy.
For the most part, the prescriptions would be given to 13- to
16-year-old girls. Dr. Patricia Lee June is with a different
organization, the American College of Pediatricians, which
opposes the suggestion. She cites studies that reveal that the
"morning-after" pill does not reduce the unplanned pregnancy
She is also concerned that it increases early sexual activity
and allows older men to prey on young girls.
"For girls in the 13- to 15-year age range, a high percentage of
them are impregnated by men over age 20," Dr. June reports. "And
being able to say hey, just take this pill and you won't get
pregnant makes it much easier for them to coerce or seduce
And she notes another factor that has apparently been discarded:
"The parent is not in the loop."
"Children's brains are not mature until the mid-20s," the doctor
explains. "They can't make mature decisions, [so] the parents need
to be involved."
As for the doctors who follow the Academy's suggestion, Dr. June
tells OneNewsNow, "Let's just say their ethics are not the same as
my ethics." But she believes a large number of pediatricians will
ignore the recommendation because it simply "doesn't make good
sense to them."
A Christian medical group is taking issue with a recommendation
for over-the-counter availability of birth-control pills.