A subcommittee with the Taranaki District Health Board in New Zealand has passed on a recommendation that could see girls as young as 12 years old being given free access to the morning after pill if the board gives the final approval.
The final approval will be made in February next year with the subcommittee worried over the high rates of teen pregnancies in the region that are well above the national average.
However the recommendation has been criticized by a number of groups with many claiming that it will promote underage sex.
"Sexually active teens need parental involvement - not emergency contraception - and the Health Board should not be handing out contraception like lollies. What we should be asking is, why are children as young as 12 sexually active, what messages are teens receiving about sexual involvement, and what role are the parents playing?", National director of Family First, Bob McCoskrie said.