This column was actually sparked by an exchange I had on Twitter with several people over the Obama administration’s decision to reverse the FDA on making Plan B (the morning after pill) available to children as young as 11 without a prescription.
Bracing for the angry mail.
Let’s be clear. The directive from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, did not say Plan B shouldn’t be freely available to women. Indeed, women age 17 and over can buy it today, by walking up to the pharmacy counter — something you can’t do, by the way, with birth control pills. Those you have to get from a doctor or clinic.
The requested change would have allowed Plan B to be sold in the condoms aisle, or wherever a retailer chose to place it.
But what makes my liberal friends believe a child at 11 years old, or even 16, wouldn’t use the convenience of condom-aisle Plan B as an excuse to use it instead of condoms, or to skip the hassle of seeing a doctor to get birth control pills, even though the drug is explicitly not supposed to be used as routine contraception?