The Food and Drug Administration has announced that its approved the availability of the Plan B contraception pill (also known as the morning after pill) for women 15 and older without a prescription.
May 1st is also National Teen Pregnancy Prevention day and several local organizations came together to talk about the issue and see what they can do to help.
Dr. Keisha Callins with Albany Area Primary Health Care says these two issues kind of run hand in hand. She feels allowing girls 15 and older to have options when things happen is a good thing, but she says the real issue deals with availability. In the past, Plan B and birth control haven't been easily accessible and Callins feels this may be why so many teenage girls are getting pregnant.
Elois Edge, a midwife with Albany Area Primary Health Care, agrees with Callins. Edge says the most important thing the community can do is work on prevention methods, but if that fails, girls need to have options. She believes girls, whether they're 15 or 17 should have the right to choose what they want to do in that situation.
According to the Georgia Statistics System, there were 323 teen pregnancies in Dougherty County alone in 2011. Per 1,000 females age 10-19 there were 44.5 teen pregnancies.
Officials with the Network of Trust say they are seeing numbers decrease, but not enough. They are making an effort to reach out to all teenage girls in the community to talk to them about the consequences of teen pregnancy.
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