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It's getting easier for young teens to get birth control. Is this a good thing?

It's getting easier for young teens to get birth control. Is this a good thing?

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SALT LAKE CITY — To go on birth control pills, a 13-year-old in North Carolina or California doesn't have to go to a doctor. All she has to do is connect to a website or app where she can get a prescription for oral contraceptives to be delivered to her home.

She can also order day-after pills, sometimes called emergency contraception, and a drug that cuts the risk of contracting HIV.

The service is offered in 17 states by a company called Nurx, which hopes to begin operating in Utah and the rest of the nation before the end of the year. Based in San Francisco, Nurx is part of a sea change in how women and teens obtain birth control: contraception via telemedicine.

Websites and apps enabling women to order birth control pills and other forms of contraception for home delivery are ending the need for regular visits to a doctor's office or clinic to get prescriptions renewed. But they also allow adolescents to take hormone-altering drugs without the oversight of a parent or physician. Some people see it as a sensible way to protect teens from pregnancy, but others see it as a risky practice that enables teen sex in a culture that has disconnected sexual intimacy from healthy relationships.

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Jennifer Graham

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