Yesterday it was announced that the FDA will begin offering the morning-after pill, Plan B, to children as young as 15 years old. Current restrictions on the drug will end next Monday, lowering the age of eligibility to purchase and making the drug available over-the-counter.
Believe it or not, many women's groups are upset because the policy change doesn't go far enough. Fighting in court could continue to remove any need to prove your age and thereby eliminate any age restrictions all together.
The FDA believes its data shows that girls as young as 15 are aware of how the drug works and understand how to use it properly.
There are a lot of layers in this debate.
First of all, should 15 year old girls even be having sex? As a teenager, are you fully able to understand the consequences of sex and able to accurately judge your ability to cope with such consequences if you do, indeed, become pregnant?
Yes, I know I may be a prude on this issue but I don't understand when it became OK in our culture for kids to be having sex. But let's just assume that they are having sex. Is there's no need for a parent or healthcare provider to be involved? Perhaps a lack of parental involvement is exactly what led these children to believe that having sex was OK.
Will knowing that this drug is available to them encourage young people or make them believe that it is OK to have sex, much less unprotected sex?