Government announces more controversial news about Plan-B contraceptive

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.

Girl Scouts
The morning after pill for Girl Scouts? Photo credit

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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