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Nov 26, 2012 1:12 PM by NBC News

Medical group recommends morning-after pill for teens

Teenage girls may soon be able to get advance prescriptions for the morning-after pill.

Right now, girls under 17 are banned from buying the pill over-the-counter, but the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that doctors give younger girls an advance prescription in case they need emergency contraception.

Although teen pregnancies have declined over the past 20 years in the United States, the rate is still higher than in most other countries.

Pediatricians are not required to heed the recommendations.

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