Seriously, if we believe a 14 year old is too immature to know how to take a pill, do we really think she’s adult enough to handle an unwanted pregnancy?
The truth is that the age restriction is completely arbitrary, tied only to our puritanical comfort levels. And listen, I get it; I think it’s fair to say that most people are uncomfortable with the idea of a 14 year old having sex. But here’s the thing - access to Plan B isn’t about keeping a 14 year old from having sex - by the time she gets to the pharmacy, that ship has sailed - it’s about keeping a 14 year old who has already had sex from getting pregnant. And despite what urban legend (or past embarrassing FDA memos) may tell you, making emergency contraception more available is not more likely to make young teens have sex - it will just make them less likely to end up pregnant.
We can’t let our discomfort with teen sex trump young people’s right to sexual and reproductive health and we can’t continue to let politics trump science. If we care about young women’s health and bodily autonomy and integrity, we’ll drop all age restrictions from emergency contraception. Anything less isn’t just illogical - it’s immoral.
“Hey, FDA: Drop the Plan B Age Restriction,” my latest at The Nation (via jessicavalenti)
No fucking shit. Hey, your call dummies: Do you want
a) a bunch of teenage girls taking morning after pills
b) a bunch of pregnant teenage girls?
Because there is no option c here.
Lightning round, bonus points to whoever can guess how many of those pregnant teenage girls will get the abortions you all dread so much…
and how many will die for not getting them…
or not getting them legally since I’m sure you’ll make that as impossible as you can for them too.