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Local Doctors React to Plan B Policy Change
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)--Dr. Paul Pickering sees it all the time.
"New, pregnant teens calling to make appointments to start OB care,” said the obstetrician-gynecologist.
He supports the FDA’s decision to let girls as young as 15 buy Plan B one-step over the counter.
"I think it will result in less unplanned pregnancies," Pickering said.
Until now, anyone under 17 needed a prescription for the pill.
It's a decision some groups say is too big for girls so young.
"Parents are still in control of their daughter's lives at this point,” said Anna Higgins of the Family Research Council. “Their concerns are going to be bypassed."
It will be a few months before teens can buy the pill which most pharmacies will keep on the feminine care aisle.
To get it, all the girl will have to show is her ID, something the pharmacies are also still working out.
But even though the pill is now easier to get, there's still some risk.
"There is a risk of nausea," Pickering said.
And it's not fool-proof.
"It's playing the odds,” Pickering said. “Eighty-five percent is not 100 percent, and eventually even using Plan B doesn't mean that you're protected from an unplanned pregnancy."