The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it now approves Plan B One-Step, the so called “morning after” pill, for women age 15 and above without prescription.
The FDA’s press release actually uses those words — “women age 15 and above.” Fifteen-year olds are not women — they’re adolescents. Can’t we at least wait until they put away their Barbie dolls and “Easy Bake Ovens” before we start calling them “women?”
Just to make sure everything is on the up-and-up, the press release continues, “The product will now be labeled ‘not for sale to those under 15 years of age *proof of age required* not for sale where age cannot be verified.’”
The packaging also contains safeguards to prevent theft and to prompt the cashier to request identification.
Plan B One-Step will be packaged with a product code prompting a cashier to request and verify the customer’s age. A customer who cannot provide age verification will not be able to purchase the product. In addition, Teva has arranged to have a security tag placed on all product cartons to prevent theft.
That means, I suppose, that the 15-year-old “women” should be reminded to bring along their Girl Scouts of America ID card when purchasing the product.
One reason for using the 15-year cutoff age is included in a quote from FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D.
“The data reviewed by the agency demonstrated that women 15 years of age and older were able to understand how Plan B One-Step works, how to use it properly, and that it does not prevent the transmission of a sexually transmitted disease.”
Back when I was 15, I had a basic understanding of how an atomic bomb worked, but that didn’t mean I should’ve walked around with one in my lunch bag.
The press release describes Plan B One-Step as “an emergency contraceptive.” I really have a tough time with this one. It follows that an emergency contraceptive must be a requirement resulting from emergency sex, and as strong as the sex drive is, I really don’t think there’s such a thing as emergency sex — especially for 16-year-olds.
As tempting as it may be, I can’t blame this on the Obama administration. This is the result of society’s long, evolutionary process — as is the Obama administration itself.
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