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.
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.