Parents need to be alerted to a new mobile phone app that could mean serious consequences for children.
Called NURX, this new app has been dubbed by the American College of Pediatricians as “Uber for birth control.”
The app allows sexually active children, as young as 12 in some states, to avoid doctors and parents.
The app’s website describes it as a hassle-free way to obtain birth control, delivered via the U.S. Postal Service without a visit to the doctor, with or without insurance.
Dr. David Perry of the American College of Pediatricians tells OneNewsNow this new app circumvents a parent's ability to guide and teach their child.
“It'll allow minors to access different forms of birth control, including Plan B [the morning-after pill],” states Perry, “without their parents’ knowledge or consent.”
Perry also says the ACP — knowing that sexual activity in adolescence is associated with sex trafficking – is concerned that traffickers will use the app for their nefarious purposes. Young girls could easily be manipulated by older males who want them to use this app.
“And there are other physiological side effects from hormonal birth control,” added Perry, “including thromboembolic effects, things like pulmonary embolism [blockage of an artery in lungs], and strokes.”
Finally, Perry stresses that use of the app might also contribute to an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
The leading pediatrician cited common knowledge that adolescents are cognitively and emotionally immature, and need the knowledge and wisdom of their parents to make such a decision about birth control. In addition, he says it is always best to have the child's doctor in the mix to assess the child's needs based on her medical history.