Once again, politics have entered the female reproductive tract. What is it this time, you ask? Here is a direct quote:
“A federal judge on Friday ordered that the most common morning-after pill be made available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and younger. But his acidly worded decision raises a broader question about whether a cabinet secretary can decide on a drug’s availability for reasons other than its safety and effectiveness.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/health/judge-orders-fda-to-make-morning-after-pill-available-over-the-counter-for-all-ages.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0
Let’s start with the broader question: Can a cabinet secretary, judge, or any other politician decide on a drug’s availability? Unless the politician is a doctor, I don’t see how he/she can make such huge health decisions. The fact that several scientists and health associations have supported less restricted access for years means more to me than the any judge or cabinet. I am not saying that laws should be broken while we wait for lawmakers to come to their senses: I am saying that I put my trust in the experts, not the potentially politically motivated. At any rate, I am sick of having my rights to (not) become a mother debated by bunch people who don’t know me, let alone the universalities of childbirth and raising a child in a crappy economy.
But what about seven-year-old Susie buying emergency contraceptive over the counter, some will argue? Why is this even up for questioning? Where are lil Susie’s parents? Why does lil Susie know about sex, emergency contraceptive, how to get away from adult supervision, etc? Come on people! If access to Plan-B bothers you the most about this situation, then I don’t know what to tell you.
For those scared adolescents who find themselves in unfortunate situations to need the morning after pill; this new decision benefits them. The morning after pill must be taken as soon as possible after sex to work. A delay to get a prescription is wasted time and wasted steps that subtract from the effectiveness of the medication.
For those “irresponsible teens” who think that they can “do whatever they want and just take a pill later”: this medication is not for you. Again I ask, where are the parents? Where is the dialog? Where are teen supposed to get their information?
I worked in a pharmacy for a few years and I honestly did not see that many “underaged” purchasing the medicine. I learned a few more things about the drug. First of all, it is very expensive (especially for those with “underaged income”). Secondly, emergency contraceptive should not be used a primary form of contraception because they become less effective with regular, subsequent use. Plan-B does not protect against sexually transmitted infections and will not terminate a pregnancy. Please, people, let’s put the politics aside and spread the knowledge.
That’s my 2 cents 4 u!
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