Morning After Pill Could Soon be More Readily Available to Teens

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

The U.S. Justice Department is currently challenging the decision requiring the government to make emergency contraceptives available over the counter to women of all ages.

Some are calling the move promising while other critics say it's entirely disappointing.

"I'm against it being accessible to children at such a young age and I'm against it because they don't have to have parents around to buy it,” said Texas A&M student Kyle Girard.

It already garners enough attention as it is, but now Plan B could be hitting shelves in just about every pharmacy across the nation. And it will be accessible to teens as young as 15.

"I think Plan B being made to 15 year-olds over the counter is not healthy to young women, it's not healthy for their families and it just makes them more vulnerable,” said Coalition for Life’s Bobby Reynoso.

According to the FDA, Plan B will be packaged with a product code that prompts the cashier to verify a customer’s age. There is one catch: Anyone who can't provide proof such as a driver's license or birth certificate -- won't be allowed to complete the purchase.

“If parents are on board with it then I think it does encourage their son or daughter, or their daughter to have sex and I don't think that's something our culture should be doing outside of marriage,” said Texas A&M student Kelley Ligon.

“I think it's kind of undermining parents and saying, ‘Hey you don't really need your parents around to do it and if you want to go and have sex feel free,’ “said Girard. “I think it gives children a false impression that there are no consequences to your actions."

Our friends on Facebook were quick to chime in on their beliefs.

Amber said, "Whatever keeps these children from having babies is a good thing."

“Very bad idea!” said Michael.

Meanwhile Crystal said, "I think this is a HORRIBLE idea! A parent is responsible for their child's well-being until the age of 18, why would a pill to avoid pregnancy be available for children under the age of 18?!?"

While the debate remains a controversial one across the board the bigger question is whether the FDA's action will win its battle in the larger court fight in the end.

Although a U.S. District Court Judge cleared the way for women of any age to buy both Plan B and cheaper generic alternatives -- according to reports the government has asked him to freeze his order while it pursues an appeal. Reproductive rights advocates say that process could take months or even years.

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