Teens Need Plan B

2 May

Plan B is the brand name for emergency contraception (formerly known as the morning-after-pill). It contains hormones similar to those in birth control pills and it is used to prevent unwanted pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex (or contraceptive failure).  The cost is around $50.00.

Its not technologically advanced, nor is it an ideal contraception due to its price. but its amazing when you think about it. You can use birth control AFTER sex.

Since 2009, Plan B is available without a prescription to women (and men) who are 17 years old or over — with ID. If you are 16 or younger, you need a prescription.

Last month, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman ordered the FDA to make emergency contraception available without a prescription to all ages.

Yesterday, the Department of Justice had the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Judge Korman’s order.

This is not what I expected from the Obama administration. There are a lot of reasons why its a good idea to make emergency contraceptives widely available.

  • Plan B is a way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions. Its an expensive and inconvience contraception, but its still contraception and ALL contraceptives should be easy to obtain.
  • The hormones have been in use for years and have been proven to be safe.
  • The ID requirement will prevent undocumented men and women from obtaining the medicine
  • Even a 17 year old may not have age-related ID.

I understand that people don’t want teens to have sex. But its happening, and they are getting pregnant. The objection to emergency contraception is really kind of absurd. Its already legal for a teen of any age to see a doctor on her own and get a prescription for birth control; to buy condoms or other barrier methods; and in many places, its legal for them to have an abortion without their parent’s knowledge/consent or without legal ID. So why are we making it harder for teens to get Plan B? I just don’t get it.

There is a petition if you want to sign it.



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