The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 16, Issue 1, Spring 2016

John E. Fitzgerald
Pages 63-81

Long-Acting Contraceptives for Adolescents
A Critique of the Policy of the American Academy of Pediatrics

In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics published its policy statement on contraception for adolescents, which provides, in effect, a mandate to temporarily sterilize all adolescents with long-acting reversible contraceptives for five to ten years. The author reviews the AAP guidelines and their effects on Catholic adolescents, their families, and adolescent health care providers. He then discusses medicolegal issues raised by the policy, outlines Catholic strategies for combating it, and proposes a diocese-based physician-led program for teaching and counseling elementary and high school students.