Last updated on: 11/19/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Robin Pierucci, MD, MA Biography

Title:
Neonatologist at Bronson Healthcare
Position:
Con to the question "Should birth control pills be available over the counter?"
Reasoning:

“Given the side effects we know about, plus what we are in the process of learning, pediatricians should be questioning whether to recommend hormonal contraception [to teens] at all. Thus, increasing access while removing physician involvement is a step backwards for adolescent safety…

Bottom line: adolescent physiology is unique. Studies have not demonstrated that, in this specific population, hormonal contraceptives are safe for developing brains and bodies. I fear that physicians who genuinely want to provide what is best for their patients have acquiesced to cultural mores and overlooked our gaps in knowledge regarding the full spectrum of hormonal contraception’s complications in young women.

Making hormonal contraceptives available over the counter not only removes physicians from good medical decision-making for the teenager, it removes them from an important conversation about so many of the choices teens are making—choices that might be informed more by peers or perceived norms than by long-term consequences or a concerned adult.”

“Is Over-the-Counter Contraception for Teens a Good Idea?,” thefederalist.com, June 15, 2017

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Neonatologist, Bronson Healthcare
  • Contributor, The Federalist
  • Member, Women Speak for Themselves
Education:
  • MD, Rush Medical College, Rush University
  • MA, Bioethics, Medical College of Wisconsin
Other:
  • Did her residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Milwaukee
  • Completed the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) certificate program in medical ethics
  • Participated on the ethics committee for the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD)
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