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Schools providing access to morning after pill: Queen's University expert

2012-10-05

Queen’s University contraception advice and education expert Ashley Waddington is available to comment on 13 New York City schools allowing teens access to the “morning after pill.” The story has received a lot of media coverage in the US when it was announced the program is expanding.

“Multiple high quality studies have shown that the availability of birth control, and of emergency contraception, do not lead to more sexual activity or increased risk taking in this age group,” says Dr. Waddington. “Emergency contraception (Plan B, or the “morning after pill”) is an effective way to reduce unplanned pregnancies in the teen population. It is safe with very few side effects. It is a contraceptive, and as such, has no harmful effect on an established pregnancy (it does not work by causing an abortion). For teens, who may have limited knowledge or access to more effective family planning methods, ensuring availability of this product is of the utmost importance to avoid teen pregnancies and its consequences.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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