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SC Pediatrician group supports Plan B decision

Dr. Deborah Greenhouse, President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Deborah Greenhouse, President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics,
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

"There is good evidence that these medications are good, safe medications they are given with a prescription on a daily basis to kids in this age group," said pediatrician Dr. Deborah Greenhouse.

Now Plan B is available over the counter to 15-year-olds. The FDA made the change this week saying that data shows women that age or older understood how the pill works and how to use it properly.

"South Carolina is in the top 10 nationally when it comes to teen pregnancy rates," said Greenhouse. "That's not something we're happy about."

Greenhouse is the president of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, which is on board with the change.
    
"We don't want the kids to have to use these things but if they're in a situation where they need them, we want them to have access to it," she said.

The FDA's decision comes as the state legislature debates a sex education bill that would overhaul the way sex is taught in our schools. It's a bill Greenhouse supports. It would require certification for people who teach sex ed and allow a broader discussion of contraception.

As a parent, Greenhouse sees both sides of the debate. But she said ultimately it comes down to public health.

"There is the purely personal side of myself that says, 'Oh my gosh, would I want my kid having access to this medication at age 14, 15 or 16?'" said Greenhouse. "Then the other side of me says, 'OK, but what are the risks to my child if my child becomes pregnant and what are the risks to that baby?' Once I look at it from that standpoint, given that I am a parent of two teenaged daughters, then I would say, 'Yes, it should be available.'"

 

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