Teen’s plea on morning-after pill

Herald Sun (Aust) March 07, 2008

A teen mum who was given the morning-after pill three times at 14, before being referred for an abortion at 15, says parents should be told of the contraceptive being prescribed. The teen gave birth to a healthy daughter eight weeks ago after her mother found out about her abortion plans and talked her into having her child. Though she tried to hide her pregnancy, she is now calling for health workers to inform parents when giving out the morning-after pill.

“If she had known, I wouldn’t have got pregnant,” she said. “Parents should know because, while I love my daughter, I am only 16 and I wish I had waited longer to have kids.” But health workers say teenagers would be less inclined to seek professional help if they thought their privacy would be invaded, leading to more pregnancies.