Steven Aden

Last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overrode the Food and Drug Administration and limited the over-the-counter availability of Plan B, the abortifacient sometimes called the “morning after” pill, to girls 17 and older who can prove their age. In short, this means Plan B pills, which are essentially a double dose of birth control pills and are already as accessible as aspirin for girls who just started driving months ago, will continue to be available for girls who are still but kids in society’s eyes.

And although supporters of life are saddened by the availability of such a pill for any female, whether she’s 17, 33, or 42, this announcement does contain some things to be thankful for.

For example, one thing to be thankful for is the reasoning Sebelius used in limiting the over-the-counter availability of the drug to girls under 17. She did so by stating that “it is commonly understood that there are significant cognitive and behavioral differences between older adolescent girls and the youngest girls of reproductive age, which I believe are relevant to making this determination as to non-prescription availability of this product for all ages.”

This differentiation between the cognitive differences between younger and older girls is precisely the type of admission that could come in handy when dealing with Planned Parenthood. For PP is an organization that preys on the young and immature by handing out contraceptives like candy, knowing that many of these girls, because of their tender age and immaturity, will fail to follow instructions, or fail to understand that contraceptives don’t provide a magical shield of protection (chemical contraceptives are only about 97 percent effective), and then they will show up in their abortion clinics with “a problem” that Planned Parenthood is ready and willing to “fix” for a much higher fee.

Juxtaposing their practice with Sebelius’ admission should put Planned Parenthood executives and directors between a rock and hard place, to say the least.

As for the things about which we ought to be righteously indignant, making the Plan B drug available for girls of any age without a prescription will inevitably encourage and empower sexual predators, who now know their victims are only a pill away from removing the consequences of their criminal conduct.

Steven Aden

Steven H. Aden is senior counsel and director of life alliances for Alliance Defending Freedom.