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Neely: Plan B For Girls? Yes

In the wryly sweet 2007 comedy “Juno,” a precocious teen deals with her pregnancy and searches for the right young couple to adopt her baby. But that’s Hollywood. And here in Spokane County, where 13.2 percent of eighth-graders in 2010 reported being sexually active, that particular plotline never seems to unfold. Dr. Sasha Carey, an adolescent medicine specialist and pediatrician at Rockwood Clinic, finds her patients are remarkably honest. During confidential health histories, a significant minority of those in their early teens report being sexually active. In Spokane County, Carey says, when teens become pregnant, 90 percent keep the baby and 10 percent terminate the pregnancy. Virtually no one carries the child full term and puts it up for adoption. “ ‘Juno’ was a great movie, but it’s just not reality,” she says/Jamie Tobias Neely, SR op-ed. More here.

Question: Should girls as young as 15 be allowed to get morning after pill without parental permission?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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