The Academy says while teen pregnancies have declined, the pregnancy rate is still too high. The American Academy of Pediatrics or A-A-P says pediatricians are one of the best lines of defense against adolescent pregnancies.
We spoke with Anne Logan Bass of Planned Parenthood in Roanoke today. She says she fully supports this recommendation, saying access to emergency contraception will lower those high pregnancy rates.
"Access to effective contraception is the main thing. Tha'ts been key. It's still unacceptably high though so anything that can help reduce it even more. And this emergency contraception can absolutely do that and having it on hand when you need it," said Bass.
But Mat Staver of Liberty University in Lynchburg says pediatricians prescribing emergency contraceptives goes too far. Staver says putting emergency contraception in a girl's hands when she's that young is too much to handle.
"I think it's very detrimental. In fact in other situations you have parental notification and consent and in this situation you don't and whether you have consent or not I think it's awfully early for these young girls to be making these decisions that have life or death consequences," said Staver.
Access to contraception has taken center stage after the Virginia Board of Health required abortion clinics to follow the same structural guidelines as emergency care facilities.
The report says the rates have lowered, but are still higher than most other developed countries. For example, there were 34 births per 1,000 girls in the U-S in 2010. That number is five times higher than France, and two and a half times higher than Canada.