Katie Pavlich

Your kids can't drink soda, take Tylenol at school, bring homemade cupcakes to their classrooms etc. and adults can't get certain allergy medicines or Sudafed without showing a proper form of government identification to a pharmacist yet a judge has ruled that the morning after pill, better known as Plan B, should be made available on the store shelves for girls of any age. That's right, Plan B will be made available to any girl, at any age, at any time with zero parental consent.

In what has already shown to be a controversial move, a federal judge ruled Friday that the Food and Drug Administration must make the “morning-after” emergency contraception pill – also known as Plan B – available over-the-counter without a prescription for women of all reproductive age.

According to U.S. District Judge Edward Korman, from Brooklyn, N.Y., the FDA’s refusal to remove age restrictions on the pill has been “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.”

Currently, emergency contraception is only available without a prescription for women 17 and older. For women under the age of 17 who want the pill, they must first get a prescription from their doctor.

And side effects? Who cares, because women's rights or something.

The ruling, seen as a victory for many reproductive-rights groups, already has many physicians divided.  While some hail the move as a significant step towards reducing barriers for young women, others feel lifting age restrictions could lead to abuse of the drug, which can cause serious medical side effects.

According to Dr. Jennifer Landa, a hormone specialist and chief medical officer for BodyLogicMD, making emergency contraception available for young girls is sending the wrong message about pregnancy prevention and safe sex.

“Overall, it shows a lack of caution, if you ask me,” Landa told FoxNews.com. “Of course the prevention of unwanted pregnancy is a good thing.  The problem is it encourages women to be more cavalier and not use more reliable birth control we’d like them to be using, including barrier methods that protect against sexually transmitted diseases.”

Pro-life groups are blasting the move while Planned Parenthood and NOW are celebrating.

“Teen girls need parents, not unfettered access to abortion-inducing drugs,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. “Judge Korman’s decision is reckless and denies girls the protection that comes along with the involvement of parents and doctors.....In 2011, President Obama and HHS Secretary Sebelius agreed that requiring a prescription for potentially dangerous drugs is common sense. We should not be making it easier for young girls to access abortifacient drugs that end life at an unknown consequence to the young girl herself. Abortion extremists like Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights who praised today’s ruling show a complete lack of concern for the health of teens and the rights of parents.”  

 

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As my friend Melissa Clouthier said earlier today, "Morning after pill for girls of ALL ages. Do you know how many pedophiles just jumped for joy?"

Liberals are arguing it will empower girls, who they are now referring to as "women," when they walk into a pharmacy to buy this pill. The complete opposite is true. Not to mention the number of young girls who will now use Plan B as Plan A. The Daily Mail published a piece (which is worth reading in full) last year about young women, over the age of 18, who regularly use Plan B as their Plan A when it comes to sex.

Tania Mirmothari was worried sick. The previous night, the 19-year-old from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, had had yet another drunken one-night stand.

Carefree at the time, the following morning she’d woken with a thumping hangover, horrified at the realisation she might be pregnant.

There was only one thing for it: Tania went to her local walk-in health centre and asked for the morning-after pill.

As she sat in the waiting room, she cringed with humiliation. Shockingly, this was Tania’s fifth visit that year. Four other times in the past 12 months she’d found herself sitting, red-faced, in the same clinic, waiting for her prescription.

Not so long ago, the morning-after pill was viewed very much as a last resort, described by health professionals as ‘emergency contraception’. It was designed for use in the rare event of regular contraceptives failing. But since it was made readily available over the counter 11 years ago, not to mention being increasingly accessible online, young women like Tania are taking it not in emergencies, but whenever it suits them, as their preferred method of contraception.

Today, Tania still struggles to rationalise her actions as a reckless teenager.

‘My periods are very irregular, and when I first started sleeping with boys I thought I couldn’t get pregnant. And then I  panicked and thought I might,’ she says.

‘I suppose I could have gone on the Pill, but a friend told me you put on a lot of weight which put me off, as I struggle with my weight anyway.

‘I think one of the problems was that I didn’t have a lot of sex education at school, and my friends told me it was so easy to get the morning-after pill: you just walk in and ask for it or you can buy it from the chemist.’

So there you have it, a grown adult deeply regretting her actions to repeatedly take Plan B as a 19-year-old adult teenager, not as an 11 or 13-year-old girl. Tania is living with negative psychological and physical consequences as a result of the so-called "empowerment" that comes from taking the morning after pill.

Parting thought: Why is it that liberals are constantly treating children as adults and adults like children?

 


Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her new book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, will be published on July 8, 2014.

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