Victory! Plan B is Over the Counter to Women and Girls of All Ages

On Monday, the Obama administration ended it’s attempt to restrict access to emergency contraception. Yay for having control over your own body! Thanks to wonderful activists like you who have taken a stand over the past several week, women and girls can obtain the morning after pill, regardless of age.

Plan B was approved for prescription only in 1999, and in 2003 the manufacturer asked the FDA to approve it for over the counter sales. In 2011, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius went against the scientific evidence and rejected the FDA’s decision to allow anyone to buy Plan B without a prescription. The decision was called “politically motivated” by U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman, who wrote a scathing decision that put to shame the Obama administration’s paltry justifications.

According to the Washington Post, last week the U.S. Court of Appeals refused to delay making Plan B over the counter. This could be why the Justice Department decided to drop the case.

This decision has, predictably, led to some righteous outrage from anti-choice activists. Because this just gives girls a license to go wild with no consequences! I guess what some people see as going to hell in a hand basket, I see as properly giving control of a life and body to the owner of that life and body. In order to do that, girls need to have control over their reproductive health. Period.

It’s important to remember here that this isn’t radical. Plan B prevents a pregnancy, it does not end one. This is analogous to birth control, not abortion. Plan B greatly reduces the chances of getting pregnant if taken up to three days after sex (but the sooner the better). The medicine is safe, and should be available to anyone who needs it. Thanks to you, it is.


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Robby K.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thank you Heather- you're exactly right!

Sue- why is this a problem?

Heather G.
Heather G.2 years ago

It's a victory because women now have another way to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy that they can access when they need it. It's especially useful for women who's primary form of contraception failed, such as a broken condom or forgotten pill. Contraception is the best way to reduce the demand for abortion.

Sue T.
Susan T.2 years ago

Hey Robby K. you are so wrong.

Sue T.
Susan T.2 years ago

Why is this a "victory"

I feel very sad and upset about this.

Filia Lunae
Filia Lunae2 years ago

Tim M-----"I kids are not members of the hood, they are not doing drugs and they are not involved in things they should not be."

If your from the hood that makes you bad?! lol im not trying to be rude so please do not jump on this as a judgement but that's not true at all it sounds like your kids are being raised well honestly however maybe you should try and understand others before you make statements like this.

Filia Lunae
Filia Lunae2 years ago

Tim M.-----

Understand this my parents where and still very much apart of my life... they taught me to wait to have sex but in the end I made a decision That I have never regretted I may not have waited until I was “out of the house” but I did it with someone I had loved and he is still a great friend of the family even if him and I didn’t work out. I was not giving you bull and I do not appreciate your attitude towards me I was stating my opinion which I have just as much of a right to do as you. I live my life with great morals and values just because they don’t match yours or the ones you teach your children does not me that I am immoral or was raised wrong. In my opinion I respect my parents for the way they have raised me….a strong mind, with independence, to know right from wrong and to be able to know that I could come to them with anything even if it made them uncomfortable to hear about it. I told my parents, I was scared but I knew they would love me no matter what how is that bad? Isn’t that what everyone preaches? That kids should be able to talk to their parents? Im one of the few that can say that I did not come from a broken home my parents are still happily in love 30years I might add  I had a curfew, I had rules, and chores and everything else that a child raised with “morals” should have….it still happened lol life happens and we should be present in kids lives and be open with them that’s the best

Ellen F.
Ellen G.2 years ago

YAY! This is a huge step towards women gaining control over their own bodies!

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

This is leaving parents out of young girl's life decisions.

Mark Botermuc
Mark Botermuc2 years ago

Thanks ...

Robby K.
Past Member 2 years ago

Good thing. The republicans should be happy too- fewer abortions. There always has to be the option for abortion in rape or when the woman's life is in danger, no matter what, but this would definitely reduce the need for abortions due to rape.