To the Editor: In the article by Gordis and his colleagues entitled “Evaluation of a Program for Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy” (New Eng J Med 282:1078–1081, 1970) the authors noted that only 50 of the 100 adolescent girls placed on contraceptives remained with the program after one year. The authors questioned whether running their program in a hospital setting and requiring parental consent might deter young people from using their services. A number of other procedures described in the article may also act as deterrents. The sexually active teen-age girls have a physical examination by a pediatrician, a pelvic examination by.
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