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Plan B and the Kids: Care2 Members’ Strong Comments

Plan B and the Kids: Care2 Members’ Strong Comments
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NOTE: The Plan B Decision this week set off a heartfelt conversation with surprising perspectives on both “sides.”  This first comment is what made us decide to offer you a sample

I am a liberal and feminist in all respects, but I agree with the regulations on the morning after pill. A few years back when my daughter was in high school, a girl around 16 took the pill. She fell ill a few days after but did not know it was an emergency. By the time she told her parents that she was ill and got to the hospital, she had a toxic fatal infection from parts that did not totally purge from her uterus. She died within hours.

While I do believe in birth control and making it available without parental consent, I do not think that a juvenile as young as 11 is mature enough to deal with an issue like this without adult guidance. By that I mean a parent or other responsible adult. Planned Parenthood is available for young girls in most states. They have the pill available there and also the needed instructions and guidance to help these girls both physically and emotionally. I know I will make a lot of feminist enemies with this opinion, but I have to go with the experience that I have. My daughter agrees after seeing her schoolmate die needlessly. 
You may have to be a parent in the situation I witnessed in order to understand my view. I don’t think any parent should lose their child that way. Leslie P. (SEE  Marianne C. COMMENT BELOW re which pill is which)

I don’t have a problem with minors needing a prescription to get this. I don’t think they should have to have parental consent but if you are mature enough to be sexually active, you should also be mature enough to make an appt. with a free clinic get your birth control through someone who can also throw in a little education. . No judgment is needed but no one of any age should be having sex if they not only don’t know their own body, but also can’t handle the thought of talking to a health care professional about their family planning needs. If you are in denial about your vagina, you shouldn’t let anyone put anything in it. Hilary E.

I’m torn on this. On one hand, I see the need for emergency contraceptives, even for teens. I’m kind of disturbed by 13 year olds needing an emergency contraceptive, but it’s less from the idea of them having sex and more from what kind of parasite is exploiting/molesting them.

On the other hand, I’d want to know if my teenage daughter was taking a pretty potent drug that could have adverse effects. This should not be offered over-the-counter. Too many kids experimenting with sex would think this was a cure-all pill that made birth control unnecessary. It’s not. It needs to be dispensed with some education on how it works and when it doesn’t work and some advice on what to do about side-effects, some of which are very serious. HM B.

Reducing rape, incest, broken condoms, other kinds of birth control failure, and guys who SAY they’re going to use a condom, then don’t, all down to women being slutty is just so… so… monumentally, overweeningly, jackass-ically ANTEDILUVIAN, it beggars language to define it.

 
P.S. to Leslie P:

What you were talking about was RU-486, the abortion pill. This thread is about post-coital contraception, or Plan B. It’s birth control after the fact, not an abortion. These two medications, and the situations, are completely different. Plan B cannot and does not cause an abortion. It just prevents pregnancy in most cases, when it’s taken properly and soon enough after the unprotected sex occurred. RU-486 is not offered over the counter. The girl in the story you told had to have had a prescription. So she must have had a follow-up appointment, and from the sound of it, didn’t go. Marianne C.

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3:08PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Like any other medication, Plan B is going to have its side effects and we all know that. Yes teens are having sex whether some parents accept it or not. If teens are adult en ought to have sex then they need to be adult enough to be in some sort of birth-control method. If the teenage girl has very well communication with a parent then she should at least let them know they are going to take plan-b so that the adult can watch for any severe side effects. I took plan B as an adult and my experience was not good at all, i felt nauseated and started to bleed like a normal period and vomited.

2:51PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

This is why birth control should be handed out like candy! Teens will have sex whether we like it or not, better for them to be protected. What's better, a teen getting an abortion, taking the morning after pill, or being on birth control?? Birth control is the better option, although these need to ALL be legal and available to every woman, teen or not.

9:12AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

keep abortion and birth control legal

9:04PM PST on Dec 12, 2011

Okay, let me clarify a couple of things. But before I begin please note that I see this from a teenage girls point of view and I am entitled to my freedom of public comment via the Internet regardless of age and or sex. Teenage girls are having sex primarily because of two reasons. For the pleasure and for the small mental victory we feel when we do something our parents can't fix or make go away. Teenagers feel an overwhelming desire to start their own lives their own way. For lack of a better analogy think of it like a ball and chain. No matter where you go,no matter how far away you run, no matter what you do in retaliation, as long as you live in your parents' house and are restricted by law to live their until you are considered an adult, you will feel like a prisoner. In a response to that feeling they will switch the situation around so that they no longer see the parent as in control of their behavior. They see them as wrong, the think wrong, how they solve the teenager's problems is wrong, the way the parents discipline is wrong. But we do know when we have crossed the line. We don't want our dreams to end, to us the future is just a big wide pad. No matter what we draw it will come true. That all comes crashing down if a girl finds out she's pregnant. Now, her knight in shining armor is running away from her and the unborn child. Her dream of a happy life with him is ending. Some of you are saying then why did she think of having sex in the first place. Because the

5:33AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

I agree with Steve K. At least let them go to a pharmacist who can advise them of the risks and maybe offer some constructive council. This is an anonomous person they can tak to that will hopefully not judge and will do their best to help if they feel they cannot talk to their parents. I hope that I am not THAT kind of parent one day though.

12:21AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

I just looked up the safety of plan b and it actually appears pretty safe. It can mess with a woman's future reproduction but it really isn't that lethal compared to other drugs.

1:09PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Michael K., I DO believe the sexualization of toddlers is pretty extreme. I watched one of those shows, once. It was sickening. I would like to know who were the pervs that approved that show for TV. While I agree with Free speech, I am surprised at the ratings of such trash.

11:54AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

I remember when I used to watch TV all the Pharmaceutical ads for this new drug or that new drug that saturated the screen. The infomercials were cogent until approximately the last five to ten seconds when they listed the side effects of these miracle cures. The side effects were worse than the original malady. Unfortunately due to the media saturation the sexual aspect has induced children to have sex younger and on a frequent basis. Some type of prevention is necessary in the world we live in. Toddlers and Tiaras is no longer the exception of prime time media it is the norm and children pick up on it. I am wondering if there has been a study done on the number of cases leading to complications or death through this contraceptive. if there hasn`t there certainly needs to be. On the other hand we do live in a world of promiscuity; diseases and aberrant sexual behavior.

11:23AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Good to see sound comments on both sides of the fence.

10:59AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

thanks.

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