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Plan B ruling raises questions about sex ed

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The change in availability of the emergency contraception has many parents in the valley concerned. This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lowered the age limit from 17 to 15 so younger teens can get Plan B over the counter.

"It is alarming," said parent Melissa Cota. "It's giving them an OK to be active."

"It just gives young females the opportunity to take abuse of it," said parent Joe Cota. "Right now, they could be experimenting with who knows what."

In the Clark County School District, sex education starts in middle school. Spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson said while birth control and Plan B are a part of the curriculum, the district doesn't plan to change it in light of the FDA's decision.

"If Plan B comes up," said Fulkerson, "it is something our teachers are empowered to speak with our students about, clear up any misconceptions and ensure they have the facts on the medication."

Planned Parenthood of Southern Nevada calls the FDA's ruling a good first step and said it underscores the need for comprehensive sex education in schools.

"We currently have the fourth highest teen pregnancy rate in the country," said Annette Magnus of Planned Parenthood. "We have some of the highest rates of repeat teen pregnancies in the country. We want to make sure that young people have this information so they can make better decisions."

According to the organization, studies show giving young teens access to contraceptives sooner delays their sexual activity.

"I never thought of telling my son anything, but this conversation is opening my eyes a little bit, actually a lot," said Cota.

Right now, the school district promotes abstinence as the only 100 percent effective method for avoiding sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy.

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