A ruling from Brooklyn federal court today gives the FDA 30 days to make morning-after contraception available over the counter to girls of all ages. nyti.ms/10jtsAS
This ruling is misguided on so many levels.
It is yet another assault on parental rights. Laws that prevent school officials from giving a Tylenol to a teen with a headache without a parent’s say-so are thrown out the window whenever contraception and abortion come into play. This ruling solidifies the “progressive” belief that where teenage sexuality is concerned, parents have no business getting involved.
It is bad medicine. Teenage girls whose main concern is hiding their sexual activity from their parents might not know how Plan B or its generics will affect their personal health. Heck, the makers of Plan B don’t even know. No studies have been done to see how it would impact those with liver or kidney diseases and no studies have been done to determine overdose levels. Many teenage and pre-teen girls haven’t hit 100 pounds yet and many have no idea about their medical history. This is a powerful and dangerous drug and even its manufacturer has no clear idea how it works. bit.ly/10EAXQn
It leaves teenagers at risk of ectopic pregnancy. The drug comes with warnings that those who have severe abdominal pain should see a doctor to see if they are in fact experiencing an ectopic pregnancy. But keep in mind, this is the same pre-teen or teenage girl who chose to have sex – or was convinced or coerced – who is turning to Plan B to escape any consequences that might follow that bad decision. Is it logical to think that same girl is going to turn herself in, so to speak, to her parents and doctor? Teens are experts at denying reality. This decision is deadly.
It is yet another boon for boys. Instead of teaching boys and young men to respect women, to understand that “No” means “No,” we are telling them that actions no longer have consequences, that whatever has been done can be undone. Will this ruling lead to more date rape? I think it will.
Even the pro-contraception, pro-abortion Obama administration recognizes that giving Plan B to young teenagers and pre-teens is a bad idea. In 2011, the administration overruled an FDA recommendation to make morning-after contraception without a prescription available for all ages. Maybe President Obama shudders at the thought of his 12-year-old daughter Sasha walking into a pharmacy and coming out with a carcinogenic drug.
But Sasha has the Secret Service protecting her from the dangerous mistakes of pre-adolescence. The rest of our girls are on their own.
To learn more about the health dangers of contraceptive and abortifacient drugs, read my book, “Recall Abortion.” Go to RecallAbortion.com to order.