Young girls should not have access to Plan B
A letter writer’s assertion that teen pregnancies are at higher risk for dangerous and expensive complications ignores the fact that his solution (Plan B, unrestricted and available to all ages without prescription) is itself a risk that no woman, especially young girls, should take. Kathleen Sebelius refused to lift restrictions because the drug manufacturer had not shown that it could be used safely by young girls, some of whom are capable of having children by 11 years of age. The cognitive and behavioral differences between older adolescents and very young girls are significant, she said. If one wants to understand just how safe and effective these “emergency” contraceptives are, a reading of the package insert should make it abundantly clear.
Inherent in the lifting of restrictions on access to birth control is a societal acceptance that even very young girls engage in sexual activity. What parent wants to support that notion? Why not redefine “minor”? Why not remove statutory rape laws? In addition, it’s chilling that so many refuse to acknowledge that contraceptive sex education is not a formula for “responsible” behavior, but rather a catalyst, encouraging self-absorbed, immediately gratifying, consequence-free behavior, which too often leaves the vulnerable to pick up the pieces.
It’s disgraceful that OB-GYN and pediatric organizations are now on record condoning these abortifacients, and urging they be made available without restriction. What are they thinking?