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Easy access to pill by Quebec teens.

Montreal -- Quebec permits school nurses and community health clinics to write birth control prescriptions for teenage girls without having to see a doctor or seek parental permission.

The policy is designed to makes easier for sexually active girls to access birth control, in the hope that doing so will reduce the abortion rate in the province.

"This is a strategy to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies. It's a practical solution to a real problem," Dr. Yves Lamontagne, president of the Quebec Order of Physicians said.
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Title Annotation:HEALTH; to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies
Publication:Community Action
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:May 23, 2005
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