The crusaders for doing what’s right for all, in their opinion, have struck again for their idea of our freedoms. This time, they’ve influenced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow the morning after pill be available, over the counter, and without prescription, to females as young as 15.
Now, without the meddlesome interference of doctors, or parents, or any adult for that matter, your minor daughter can go to the pharmacy, and complement her purchase of chewing gum and a bottle of pop, with the Plan B One-Step contraceptive. No prescription necessary! No parents necessary!
Some people may find this truly liberating. Others may find it truly nauseating. However, there’s much more to come, for the defenders of our freedoms aren’t about to stop with this one small step.
Earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York, ordered an end to ALL age restrictions on contraceptives by Monday, for Plan B and its generic versions.
No kidding. That’s a story that affects millions of families, but has received zip media coverage.
The FDA had been poised to lift all age limits and let Plan B sell over-the-counter in late 2011. However, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius barred girls under 17, saying that while some girls as young as 11 are physically capable of bearing children, they shouldn’t be able to buy the pregnancy-preventing pill on their own.
The Center for Reproductive Rights, a women’s group, disagreed with Sebelius, and launched a lawsuit over imposing any age limits. This led to Korman’s ruling.
The FDA, in an attempt to find middle ground just days before the court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive, said the Plan B One-Step will be packaged with a product code that prompts the cashier to verify a customer’s age. Anyone who can’t provide such proof as a driver’s license, birth certificate or passport wouldn’t be allowed to complete the purchase.
Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights said this is unacceptable.
“These are daunting and sometimes insurmountable hoops women are forced to jump through in time-sensitive circumstances, and we will continue our battle in court to remove these arbitrary restrictions on emergency contraception for all women,” Northup said.
The Justice Department could appeal Korman’s ruling and seek a stay. If granted, the appeals process would move through the courts, while Plan B is sold over the counter.
Soon, it could be any girl, no matter the age, can get their hands on a morning after pill. We can only hope this “freedom” doesn’t further a growing epidemic of high risk sexual behavior, sexually transmitted disease, and with it, more medical emergencies, broken hearts and damaged bodies.