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.
My only qualm is that I don’t trust the FDA’s independent judgment. If the manufacturer presents evidence that their product is safe, the FDA’s proven tendency is to take them at their word. However, if it is as safe as they represent, then there is no excuse for not making it available. It bothers me as a mother of (now grown) daughters to imagine that they could have bought Plan B and used it without my even knowing it, but if they did, then they also had sex without my knowing it–and that’s the greater problem. Lindy E.
Women and girls should have EVERY means available to prevent unwanted pregnancies!! Gary, your list of side effects are also symptoms of PMS, something some women endure every month, and probably at higher percentages than what you have written. Heather G.
This really pisses me off. Are they %^*^% stupid? Girls as young as 10 are having sex, and to deny them the right to NOT have a child is inhumane and ignorant. They need to face the fact that CHILDREN are having sex, whether they like it or not, and better the children be safe than have a whole generation of grandparent-raised youngsters while their parents complete high school! Obama, this is NOT the change you promised us. You are caving in to the whims of the rethuglicans, and you’ve lost my vote. Melissa B.
Sebelius has put more women and girls at risk. If they think they are pregnant and don’t want the baby, there are many horrific things they may do to themselves to stop the pregnancy. This will do nothing to stop kids from having sex but could go a long way in bringing unwanted children into our world or unrepairable damage to their bodies from taking pregnancy matters into their own hands. Carlene V.
Alright, I found this on WebMD: ”How Effective Is Plan B or Plan B One-Step? Plan B or Plan B One-Step is more effective than emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) that contain both estrogen and progestin. If you take it within 72 hours after you’ve had unprotected sex, Plan B One-Step can reduce your risk of pregnancy by up to 89%. If you take Plan B One-Step within 24 hours, it is about 95% effective. But you should know that Plan B or Plan B One-Step is not as effective as regular contraception. So don’t take it as your main form of birth control. And, it does not protect you against sexually transmitted diseases. Think of it as a backup — not for routine use. That’s why it’s called Plan I.” side effects include: Plan B side effects included: Nausea — in up to up to 23.1 percent of women, Abdominal pain (stomach pain) — up to 17.6 percent, Fatigue — up to 16.9 percent, Headaches — up to 16.8 percent, A heavier menstrual period — up to 13.8 percent, A lighter menstrual period — up to 12.5 percent, Dizziness — up to 11.2 percent, Breast tenderness — up to 10.7 percent, Vomiting — up to 5.6 percent, Diarrhea — up to 5 percent. Adult women have had over counter access since 2009, under 17 w/ prescription. I’d want to know if my 13-year-old granddaughter was taking birth control, wouldn’t you? Gary A.
If a girl as young as 11 is having sex then she is capable of making a decision to purchase this pill and use it. Also, the pill should cost $1 not $50 as I recently read. How would a teenager be able to purchase it? There are too many humans in the world now; people need to be responsible and think about the future. Not me, me, me, now, now, now. Think about the world that is being left to future generations of humans. I am really tired of women being treated as 2nd class citizens. Women, you control the sex, withhold it and these stupid men will do what we want. Janet R.
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