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May 14, 2013 at 6:33 AM

Morning-after pill for teenagers

Make pill available for all ages

Girls are unlikely to carry identification at the age of 15. Therefore, merely lowering the age limit is a political move to silence further discussion on this topic [“Monday last day for morning-after pill appeal”, seattletimes.com, May 12]. I strongly believe the pill should be available to women of all ages.

Studies have shown that emergency contraceptives are safe to use, and can be used properly by women of all ages. The United States has the highest teen-birth rates of all developed countries and nearly half of all teens indicate that they have had sex at least once. Still, this delay in the ruling perpetuates the only topic the education system clearly supports: abstinence.

The availability of emergency contraceptives can create changes in comprehensive sexual education for all districts in Washington. The ruling is an opportunity for discussion and should be thought of as a piece in a larger public-health movement to curb teen pregnancies.

It’s time we provide women and girls with more autonomy and the necessary information they need to make the best decisions.

Magali Sanchez, Lynnwood

Comments | Topics: children, morning-after pill, Plan B

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