The Plan B contraceptive pill should be made available to teen girls under 17.

That’s the new advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics and I agree wholeheartedly.   As far as I’m concerned, Plan B, otherwise known as “the morning after” pill, is one of the best pregnancy prevention inventions for women ever. We live in a society where abortion and reproductive rights are being whittled away at daily, with decreasing options for women, and, yes, girls, to have control over their pregnancy decisions.

The availability and safety of Plan B has changed all that. And as the mom of a soon-to-be teen, I think I’m OK with something that could not only cut down the number of teen pregnancies, but also save billions in government spending.  How is that possible?  That’s what I’m pondering over at my column The Spin Cycle at Babble.

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