What’s Wrong With This Headline? “FDA approves ‘morning-after pill’ for women 15 and up”

Posted by on May 01, 2013 at 8:24 am

Funny, but we never have considered 15-year-old girls as women. Young women, perhaps. Very young women.

The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the contraceptive known as Plan B should be available without a prescription for all women 15 and older.

The move is sure to stir controversy among social conservatives, some of whom view Plan B as a form of abortion. Unlike other forms of birth control, Plan B is intended for use after sex, rather than before.

It’s not just “social conservatives” who should consider this controversial.

Until Tuesday, Plan B was only available over the counter to women 17 and older. The FDA had intended to make Plan B more widely available in 2011, but the agency was overruled by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebelius’s move angered liberals, women’s-health groups and the FDA’s leadership. A federal judge strongly criticized the decision earlier this month, saying there was no scientific reason not to approve the drug for all women old enough to become pregnant.

This is the kind of stuff that angers liberals.  Dead ambassadors and a cover-up in Benghazi? They can hardly stifle the yawns. But lack of “free” contraception for high school freshman? Now they’re angry.

As to the absurdity of calling these children women. Contrast that with a man like the Boston terrorist constantly being referred to as a teenager. Ironic also how in New York City some are pushing to ban sales of cigarettes to those under 21. But girls aged 15 can now buy contraception.

10 Responses to “What’s Wrong With This Headline? “FDA approves ‘morning-after pill’ for women 15 and up””

  1. Kez on 1/01/13 at 9:19 am

    I am the parent of a preteen daughter and it freaks me out to think that one day she and/or her friends could march into a pharmacy and take high doses of pills in order to stave off a possible pregnancy after making some silly decisions the night before. It freaks me out to think of how many girls could be taking these every weekend for months or even years. Let’s just say that I was not an angel at 15 and this was NOT available, but if I took the high dose bcps every time I was naughty and did something stupid, I wonder what dangers it could have posed to my system?? Is there any sort of regulation to go along with this? Or could a girl go to two different pharmacies the same weekend and get two kits for the morning after pill, in teenage drama-induced fear of pregnancy so bad she takes more than necessary to ‘make sure” she isnt pregnant. Is that dangerous? There are warnings all over these pills that should be taken seriously…. and now teenagers can go decide to buy some all by themselves, over the counter. YIKES. I smell disaster… not to mention all the moral and blah blah issues, I focus on the health aspect alone since many dont want to discuss the moral issues, and the health issue concerns me greatly!

  2. Blue Hen on 1/01/13 at 9:20 am

    My personal favorite was the Marget Sanger fan club crowing about the joys of abortions for children. They even had a contest celebrating it, asking people to submit art work……….They then required anyone under 18 to get their parents’ permission to enter the contest.

  3. Vermont Dad on 1/01/13 at 10:18 am

    1) How is this going to work? Maybe I’m dating myself but do 15 year olds now carry ID’s?
    2) If not how will a pharmacy determine the “woman” is at least 15?
    3) What is to prevent a “woman” younger than 15 from having an older girl (oops I meant woman) friend buy this pill for her?
    4) Tangentially what is the incentive for the pharmacy not to make this $50 sale to someone younger than 15? Is somebody going to record the name of each person who buys this pill?
    5) What could possibly go wrong?

  4. lyle on 1/01/13 at 3:58 pm

    Whoever signed off on this at the FDA should be arrested.

    Roman Polanski and Woody Allen disagree.

  5. jclittlep on 1/01/13 at 7:20 pm

    I was in the pharmacy the other day and a man with a cold could not get another ephedra-containing medicine because he hadn’t waited long enough. We are depriving people with colds/allergies of effective OTC medication because ephedra in large quantities is used in making meth, but we allow 15 year olds, who are largely not finished with puberty, are not educated to understand the risks, and think with their genitals anyway, to get the morning after pill? Has the FDA lost its mind? They banned Darvocet on little to no evidence, largely based on the EU’s version of the FDA banning it (of course, anything done in Europe MUST be done here – they are, after all, so CIVILIZED), yet we allow what is arguably a dangerous drug to be placed in the hands of a FIFTEEN YEAR OLD? Have these morons LOST THIER MINDS? Woody Allen and Roman Polanski notwithstanding, of course.

  6. Beverly on 1/01/13 at 8:49 pm

    The morning-after pill isn’t like a regular birth-control pill, either.

    It induces miscarriage.

    This is a rough process, and if the girl taking it starts bleeding out, she could die.

    Now, if you take it right after you have sex, you’re in for a miserable 48 hours. But if you’re a typical teenager, and only take it when “OMG! I missed my period!” then you will be inducing an actual miscarriage.

    When the pill first came out (RU-486), it was proposed for use — under medical supervision — with rape victims who wanted insurance against being impregnated by their rapists. Which makes sense.

    But using it This way is extremely dangerous.

  7. timb on 2/02/13 at 12:26 pm

    It should go without saying for Kez that you would rather not have a pregnant teen daughter, but, then again, what frightens you and what you should be frightened of are two different things.

    As for Beverly’s comments, this pill does not cause bleeding. https://www.nyed.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/opinions/Tummino%20SJ%20memo.pdf The FDA scientists way back in the Bush days found that it immobilizes sperm, thus making the fertilization well-nigh impossible. Further FDA research resulted in the Agency removing the language about uterine “sloughing.” The chances of bleeding out on this medication are less than bleeding out by reading something dumb written written by Jammie on these pages

  8. timb on 2/02/13 at 12:33 pm

    My niece tells me that in her rural middle school, there were 3 13 and 14 year pregnant girls. At her brother’s graduation, I counted 4 pregnant girls out of a graduating class of 70. Statistics tell us nothing is has a higher correlation with life-long poverty (and resulting childhood poverty) than early teen pregnancy.

    My niece is now 18 and has three kids and lives in a trailer. She never did finish high school (she’s thinking about getting her GED).

    If there was something which could have prevented this outcome, why do you people oppose it? You sit here tut-tutting the decisions made my silly, poor girls with terrible parents and no guidance, something which results in a generation of poor kids continuing a cycle and you make your little suburban judgments and preach your Bible…meanwhile, all over America in the inner cities and in the forgotten rural expanses, girls are bearing babies which they cannot hope to provide for and you are OFFENDED when there’s a pill which might help them.

    Conservatives boggle the mind

  9. Blue Hen on 3/03/13 at 7:56 pm

    “Something that could have prevented this outcome” Your niece got pregnant and had three kids by age 18. Despite the existence of condoms, pills, spermicides, baseball bats, whatever. But you think that some sort of after action pill would prevented this? Everything from contraception to saying no to adoption to abortion is already legal. Obviously none of them were employed, or employed well

    But according to you,what MUST happen is this new magic pill. We had been told that “the” pill was the magic pill. Here’s a question; what in Hell would you niece do with this new magic pill? Take it every time she had sex? Every month? What would she do with it? Keeping in mind that she obviously did not or could not use much simpler methods.