Santiago, Chile, Apr 3, 2013 / 15:07 pm
A new norm approved by Chile's Ministry of Health has met with disapproval for allowing the morning-after pill to be made available to 14 year-old girls without parental consent.
"By 14 year-old minors, it is clear we are talking about children. And by definition children do not have capacity or responsibility in any civil or civic environment," said Congressman Juan Luis Castro, the former president of the Medical College of Chile.
"It is not appropriate to administer this drug at the request of a child," he said. "It doesn't correspond to reality in Chile."
In statements to reporters, Congressman Castro, who is also a member of the Congressional Committee on Health Care, warned that use of this drug by minors "could become an object of abuse."