Should minors be allowed to buy morning-after pill?

Your 17-year-old daughter or son will soon be able to buy the morning-after pill over the counter. That’s because a federal judge has given the FDA 30 days to begin allowing minors to buy the emergency birth control drug called Plan B, without a prescription.

The FDA, which had restricted over-the-counter sale of the drug to women 18 and older, must now begin allowing 17-year-olds to buy it. And the judge asked the FDA to reconsider its ban on sales to minors as young as 11.

The judge said under the Bush administration, FDA restrictions on the drug involved “political considerations rather than being grounded in science.

Opponents are concerned that making the drug easily available to younger women could open the door for them to over use it as a primary method of birth control, with potential medical risks.

The judge said there was no evidence that Plan B would be safer for 18-year-olds than 17-year-olds. For younger women, he said it was better for the FDA to make a medical decision than a federal judge. Read the story.

What do you think about the judge’s ruling? Should people under 18 be allowed to buy the morning-after pill over the counter?

71 comments Add your comment

Tony

March 26th, 2009
10:38 am

Nan is right. Has anyone here noticed that stupid people seem to breed more than anyone else? I believe you should have a license to breed. Gotta have a license to drive, hunt, & fish. People need to be “fixed” at puberty & only when they have passed a certain age & a test that determins your mental capability of raising another human then you get your license. Most idiots I know have more kids than anybody & they can’t take care of themselves, much less the kids. They can’t seem to figure out what makes babies.

Dan

March 26th, 2009
10:40 am

Absurd, you can’t have your teeth cleaned without parental consent, the ignorance of people who emphatically state that parents should not be informed is astounding (Obama mama) are you kidding me.

Lauren

March 26th, 2009
10:45 am

YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The world does not need anymore unwanted babies!

beverly

March 26th, 2009
10:48 am

absolutely!! I agree with the point about if they can be tried as adults while minors, why not let them buy the morning after pill. Plus, I’d much rather my daughter take the morning after pill behind my back then come home and announce that she is pregnant at 15 or 16. Finally, I don’t think it’s any more abortion than taking the pill regularly is. It’s a preventative.

SusieQ

March 26th, 2009
10:55 am

Most definitely; you will hear good and bad about the morning after pill; there are responsible and irresponsible teens and adults, but that does not stop either from having sex. I was against giving my daughter birth control pills at 16, but as the female doctor said, “you can talk until you are blue in the face and that does not stop harmones from flowing and people from having sex, safe or not.” She told me about a 16 year old who had already had 3 abortions because her mom’s religion was getting in the way of the mom doing the right thing by giving her daughter birth control and counseling her about sex. As the doctor said, If something feels good, are you going to quit doing it?” Heck no, this applies to anything in life such as eating, sleeping and most of all sex. So people, wake up, get your head out of the sand, be real, think real. And yes, I realize some teen may die from the morning after pill, but sometimes teens die while having a botched abortion or an unwanted, un-prepared for baby too. That is life….

MJG

March 26th, 2009
10:59 am

“Parents should be more involved with their children’s lives.”
“They might use it as their only birth control.”
“What if they’re allergic to it?”
“If we taught kids morals they wouldn’t have sex in the first place.”

In the end analysis, absolutely NONE of these “shoulds” and “what ifs” are sufficient to deny a teen access to this pill. We have irresponsible kids- we also have irresponsible adults–and what, pray tell, is the intellectual difference between a 17 year old and a 19 or 20 year old? It’s often not as much as we’re trying to make it.

For that matter, I think any female who faces an unwanted pregnancy at any age should be able to access this option. Yes, even 11, and I don’t think that parental consent is always the best way to go either. I would be satisfied if someone under the age of 16 had to seek out the assistance of any trusted adult- teacher, pastor, counselor, family friend. Why? Because, unfortunately, things like rape and incest exist, and unfortunately, some kids can’t just go to their parents. We can’t expect that an 11-year old would feel comfortable telling her mother, for instance, that Daddy got her pregnant. If you think it’s an outlandish example, think again- it happens far more often than we want to believe.

Moreover, this rhetoric about teen girls needing to accept the “consequences” of their mistakes? Are you really implying that it is better to force young women to birth and care for children that they are not financially/emotionally/otherwise unprepared to have than to head this tragedy off at the pass? It seems to me it would not even be so much a punishment to the mother than to the poor children whose physical and emotional well-being could be compromised because of our insistence on teaching the mother a “lesson.”

And, for what it’s worth, isn’t it interesting that no one has ever suggested that we try to develop a drug that might temporarily block teen boys from making sperm? I love how we villainize teen girls and their sexual “bad behavior” while letting the guys off the hook completely.

My two cents- take it or leave it.

Barry

March 26th, 2009
10:59 am

Everyone under the age of 21 should be fitted with a chastity belt.

Stan

March 26th, 2009
10:59 am

I love the argument that kids are going to have sex anyways so we should allow them to make the “responsible” decision of something like the morning after pill. Well Kids are going to lie too…so we should not even bother to tell them not to…Oh yeah they are going to drink, cheat, bully, and be disrespectful of others…so there is no need to tell them not to do those things, instead we need to educate them on their rights, on how many times they can get into trouble before “really getting into trouble’, on someone coming behind them to clean up there mess. Not saying I have all the answers but that argument holds no water either.

Escapee

March 26th, 2009
11:00 am

There is no big difference between 17 and 18. None. And for all of the folks asking why these ‘girls’ aren’t smart enough to use condoms I have a news flash for you: this pill is for when your birth control FAILS. So you were smart enough to use birth control but something went wrong. But if young women are coerced into sex or their parents are too conservative to discuss sex with them then this is a great thing. A lot of young women CANNOT go to their parents when they start being sexually active. Unfortunately we do not live in a Utopian society where people will react the way we want them to. And for whoever said that there could be reactions to the medication that the parents will responsible for must think something magical happens when your 18th birthday rolls around. You will be just as allergic at 18 as you are at 17. And most 18 year olds I know would still be cared for by parents.

Oh, and BTW…abortions are NOT being used as a prominent form of birth control, especially by teens. The majority of abortions are for women in their mid 20-early 30s.

Escapee

March 26th, 2009
11:02 am

And to MJG….Well said.

Ronald Millsaps

March 26th, 2009
11:36 am

Heather–your comments symbolize all the nonsense of those who defend abortion, and yes, contrary to a lie from another poster, the morning-after pill is equivalent to abortion: Who SAYS a 17-year-old is ready to be a mother to begin with? That issue isn’t the point, anyway, at this juncture, which is something you and your pro-choice friends overlook, probably conveniently, as the mother in question already HAS a child.

What that mother does NOT have, contrary to judicial tyranny, is the right to terminate a pregnancy. This effort is just the latest attempt by pro-choice advocates and the Left in general to hide from consequences. They don’t want sexual abstinence taught in schools; they want contraceptives distributed, and they say that promoting a moral approach is somehow a violation of “Separation of Church and State”, which is untrue (not surprisingly, they totally misinterpret that phrase, probably conveniently again).

No woman has the right to an abortion or the morning-after pill, regardless of age, and we need people to stand up and speak out against all the lies we’re infested with in our culture. Take Planned Parenthood, for example: It infests young girls with so many lies that I don’t know where to start, such as the myth that abortion isn’t murder, the myth that there is no post-abortion guilt, etc.. One lie leads to another, and these people are nothing but a collective circle of dishonesty.

We don’t need the Left preaching its nonsense, promoting all the irresponsibility in the world, even to the point of blatantly attacking responsibility, and then acting as though those who oppose its tyrannical views are unconstitutional. What utter nonsense. Fact: If you’re going to get pregnant, you need to be responsible and see the pregnancy through, and if you’re not ready to support the child in question, give him up for adoption. I’m tired of all this nonsense where people get pregnant and act like they somehow have the right to terminate a pregnancy. (This “logic” is absolutely no different than saying, “Oh, I didn’t want to go to work last month. Therefore, I have the right to steal to pay my bills.”)

By the way, I posted a very-similar response last night, which ajc.com didn’t post. Not the first time this website has done so in regard to one of my posts. Gotta love the “objective” liberal media, huh? Perhaps I should make a phone call, and not to ajc.com, either.

Escapee

March 26th, 2009
1:33 pm

Well Ronald, once you get pregnant and carry a baby to term you can tell people what the responsible thing to do is.

Until then, please understand that not all sex is consensual, especially when teens and young girls are concerned. And NO, the morning after pill is not abortion. It is IREESPONSIBLE to force a young woman to go through with a pregnancy based on some morality that not EVERYONE follows. Everyone has a different situation and pregnant women require a lot of care. And as soon as a baby comes into the picture who needs constant care because the mother was in no position to be a mother in the first place I know who will start complaining first about having to support that baby.

Ronald Millsaps

March 26th, 2009
7:52 pm

“escapee”–What utter nonsense you just typed. Don’t misuse freedom of speech to type your babble, and don’t give me any misogynistic babble about abortion allegedly being a female issue (oh, the morning-after pill IS the same as abortion, whether in-denial folks like yourself will attest to this fact of not).

Keep your excuses to yourself. You pro-choice advocates have as many excuses as you do lunatical arguments, which is saying something. You try to justify abortion because the female in question isn’t the right age or doesn’t have enough income, etc.. The nonsense and lies go on and on and on, and the level of responsibility is in inverse correlation. All excuses aside, you promote not only murder but all the irresponsibility in the world, in an effort to promote more of the same for others.

Escapee

March 27th, 2009
1:51 pm

Although I disagree with you completely I understand that everyone has his or her own opinion. And you should live by your convictions. That being said, your particular dogma should not be what governs the lives and bodies of everyone else.

If you disagree with something then by all means don’t do it. Abortion is bad? Don’t get one. Sex outside of wedlock is wrong? Don’t do it.

Let other folks worry about themselves.

Ronald Millsaps

March 30th, 2009
1:50 am

“escapee”–Just now checking this blog again.

As for my “dogma”, every individual is dogmatic, my friend, so don’t pull that left-wing trick that I referred to earlier where you try to stigmatize falsely the Christian principles this nation was founded upon.

You can tell your pro-choice friends not to try to maintain their dogma into law.

You support, whether you realize your doing so or not, the myth that the individual decides what’s true. To say, for example, to abortion opponents, “…don’t have one.” is like saying the exact, same thing to opponents of drive-by shootings, whether you’d like to admit this fact or not.

As for the morning-after pill, no one should have access to it, and to no surprise, all it does is promote more and more of the irresponsibility I’ve referred to earlier, and “safe sex” isn’t the answer, either.

Megan

April 3rd, 2009
5:11 am

YES. I am 13 years old and cannot stand my period. its just more plumbing to be maintained. It is stupid that there is aquestion about it ! Some girls love it, i think.. and some girls like me hate it.
Or they could be of course buying it for sexual reasons. I think anyone that has their period should be allowed to take it.

That should become a loaw of some type!
No kidding ! ask any girll and i bet you they will not say they enjoy having their period!
ITS NOT FAIR!

Tina

April 6th, 2009
2:15 pm

I understand why you want to ban it, but I do not think you should. I am 11 and once bought a pack of the counter, they never asked for my age. I think that we should be able to buy it because you can actually get pregnant without sex. I dont know how but it happened tomy best friend and twin sister , Bella, and she tells me everything. I know that she never had sex, but she still got pregnant. We did not tell the press cos it would shame the family if we did,, but she did get pregnant without havihg sex, so it is possible people! Luckly I managed to buy the pills for her without any trouble or it would have becam a big thing.

Laura

April 22nd, 2009
2:19 pm

Urmm Tina I’m sorry but that’s impossible, I think your friend has been lying to you or has got the wrong idea. It is a scientifically known fact that sexual intercourse is need to become pregnant. And Ronald it is rude to force your opinions up on other people, they have just as much right to their opinion as you do to yours. This is a DISCUSSION there is no right or wrong answer. However I think that young people aged 17 are just as much of an adult and just as mature and responsible as people aged one or two years older. The same problems happen to teenagers as they do to everyone else, why blame them and not the rest of the population who have experience unplanned pregnancies?

MRS. M

April 22nd, 2009
7:00 pm

TC GREAT OBSERVATION!!!! THANK YOU FOR MENTIONING THAT IF THE GOVERNMENT ALLOWS OUR CHILDREN TO PUT HANDS IN A PILL LIKE THE MORNING AFTER PILL, THEN, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BILLS TO PAID. THEY RULE AND WE “PARENTS” PAID! ALL PEOPLE DO IS SHOUT AT PARENTS FOR MORE RESPONSIBILITY OVER THEIR OWN CHILDREN, HOW CAN WE DO THAT? IF THEY ARE ALLOW TO EVERYTHING WITHOUT OUR CONSENT! THESE KIDS ARE CLAIMING CHILD SUPORT AND PROTECT FROM THE GOVERNMENT DCS, BUT THEY ARE ALLOW TO PURCHASE SUCH PILL, HAVE SEX AND ANYTHING THAT THEY CAN GET HANDS ON! ARE THEY CHILDREN OR ADULTS?! I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS THE MOST INNOCENT SYSTEM THAT IS OUT THERE TO BE! CHILDRENS ARE PROTECTED WHEN A PARENT PUT A HAND ON THEM AND CAN CLAIM CHILD SUPPORT, TO ME IF A CHILD IS HAVING SEX, YOU ARE NOT A CHILD ANYMORE!!! YOU ARE OLD ENOUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT CONDONS, SEX AND PLAN B PILLS, YOU ARE AN ADULT AND SHOULD BE STOP CLAIMING CHILD SUPPORT AND BE PROTECTED BY DCS BY BEING TREATED FULLY AS AN ADULT! PERIOD!

Sheri

April 25th, 2009
9:50 am

I have read multiple posts regarding this issue: Pros and Cons. Both valid points; however the one point that is assumed in the Pro side is that parental involvement is a given. Coming from an extremely disfunctional family w/absolutely NO parental involvement I had no “parent” to turn to. So, what was the solution? Where was/is the paretnal involvement when the sex act is being committed? Look at the “Palins”. Strong parental involvement after the fact. Kudos for them. My girlfriend, who got pregnant at 17 had “strong” parental involvement. Because she came from a VERY supportive family, she was able to keep her baby and live at home w/Kristy being brought up not only by my girlfriend, but by all family members. I wish the solution was black and white…but it isn’t.

McKenzie

September 8th, 2009
10:59 am

I think you should be able to buy the pill because more than 80% of teenagers have sex before they are 18 and if you are able to be responsible enough to have sex, then you should be responsible enough to take care of a problem if it occurs.
I am a 17 year old girl and I think it would be a good idea to at least be able to buy the pill, because that means you are responsible enough to think about taking away another life who didn’t even have a say in anything.
And by the way, some people do not care whether you graduated college with a 3.8 GPA or not.. keep that stuff to yourself, we’re talking about birth control not your college experience!!!