Wednesday, July 22, 2015

'Invisible' Abortions Soar Among Teens — Plan B

Today, the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that use of the "morning-after pill" (Plan B) to counteract pregnancy has increased rapidly among teens since being sold in stores over the counter like candy.  The warning label on this drug indicates that pregnancy may be precluded by preventing implantation of a fertilized egg, thus causing an abortion that is typically invisible to the mother.

For background, click headlines below to read previous articles:

Unlimited Plan B Abortion Pills Now in Stores for Kids

Morning-After Pill is Becoming the 'Contraceptive' Choice

U.S. Teenage Birth Rate Lowest on Record

Over-the-Counter Abortion Paid by ObamaCare (study shows Plan B is abortifacient)

President Obama's CDC Wants More Worry-free Sex for Teen Girls but admit Government Failure: Carefree Sex is NOT Possible

Also read Pre-teens' Sex Lives Tracked by Feds via Schools

And read how various government entities are being injected into the teenage uterus.

-- From "Report: Teen use of morning-after pill climbing" by The Associated Press 7/22/15

More than 1 in 5 sexually active teen girls have used the morning-after pill — a dramatic increase that likely reflects that it's easier now for teens to buy the emergency contraceptive.

A report released Wednesday shows teen use of the morning-after pill rose steadily from a decade earlier, when it was 1 in 12. Now, all teens can buy it without a prescription.

The morning-after pill contains a higher dose of the female hormone progestin than is in regular birth control pills. It can cut the chances of pregnancy by nearly 90% if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. Starting in 2006, teens 18 and older could buy it over the counter; age limits were lifted two years ago. It typically costs $35 to $50.

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From "Report: More teen girls turning to morning-after pill" by Amy R. Connolly, UPI 7/22/15

The findings, released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, show about 8 percent of teens turned to the morning-after pill in 2002. That number increased to nearly 14 percent from 2006 to 2010 and spiked again to 22 percent from 2011 to 2013.

The report also states that the number of teens having sex, ages 15 to 19, has dropped by 14 percent for girls and 22 percent for boys in the past 25 years.

By age 15, nearly 18 percent of boys had sex and 13 percent of girls had sex. By age 17, 44 percent of boys and 43 percent of girls had sex. By age 19, 69 percent of males had sex and 68 percent of females did the same.

The report also found that in the early teen years (ages 15-16), males were more likely than females to have sex but by the age of 17, "the probabilities of having sexual intercourse were similar for males and females."

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From "More Teens Use 'Morning-After Pill,' Study Finds" by Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer, Live Science 7/22/15

In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration approved Plan B as a nonprescription drug for women who have the potential to bear children. This ruling meant that teenagers could purchase Plan B over the counter, without a prescription. Before this ruling, women under age 17 needed a prescription to buy Plan B.

Dr. Metee Comkornruecha, an adolescent medicine specialist at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, who was not involved in the study, said the increase in emergency contraception use among sexually active teens was likely due mainly to an increase in awareness and education about this form of contraception.

". . . that probably means that they're either using condoms inconsistently," or if condoms are breaking, they are not using more reliable forms of contraception like the birth control pill, Comkornruecha said.

The rise in emergency contraception is likely contributing to the decline in teen births, although it's not clear how much it is contributing, Comkornruecha said.

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From "Use of morning-after pill soars among teens" by Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Examiner 7/22/15

. . . what has changed over the last two decades — and is likely contributing to the falling teen pregnancy rate — is that fewer teens are having sex in the first place. From 2011 to 2013, 44 percent of female teens and 47 percent of male teens had sex at least once.

Those rates ticked up slightly from the 2006 to 2010 period, but it's still well below rates of teen sexual activity in 1988, when 51 percent of females and 60 percent of males had engaged in intercourse.

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Also read Abstinence Education Yields Lowest Teen Birth Rate Ever as well as Abstinent Teens the Norm, Moral Sex-Ed Works: Study