OTC Plan B Pill Now Available to 15 Year Olds

I just read a news article regarding the FDA lowering the age requirement to buy the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill to 15. More than that, it will no longer be behind counters but instead sold in drugstores aisles with everything else. You can read about it here:  http://news.yahoo.com/fda-morning-pill-ok-ages-15-232957915.html

I read this article and it saddened me. Fifteen years old. I am the oldest of three sisters. I picture my youngest sister, at age 17, and think this pill is going to be sold to girls even younger than her?  I can’t imagine my little sister, much less anyone younger, facing such a thing and being able to make such a drastic decision as the morning-after pill without my parents or anyone else knowing and being able to help. These poor girls at age 15 might not recognize what they are doing. Needing no parental consent to purchase this and having it so readily available in the store aisles makes it seem harmless. And these young 15 year old girls who find themselves in a position where they think they may be with child, they don’t know any better.

How is this helping our nation? Our youth? Our women? When we have people who cannot find enough food to eat in day, people who have been out of work for lengthy periods of time, people who are facing diseases such as cancer and are in debt up to their eyeballs to pay medical bills, with all the troubles we have how in the world did this become a priority?

Regardless of your position on abortion or contraceptives, how could someone think this is an appropriate response? These young girls need someone to talk to. Someone to explain everything. Someone to tell them that sex is not the answer to teenage woes. Someone to tell them it is ok to wait, ok to be a virgin, ok to say no to having sex. And if or when they do, they need someone there to accept it, show understanding and assistance for whatever might happen next. They do not need a magic pill to erase what they have done. Life is not like that. You cannot take a magical pill to erase things you wish hadn’t happened. And if you do, there are surely complications that go along with it. Making this pill so readily available makes it seem like you can have sex whenever you want and should you forgo protection, this will do the trick and you can move on as though nothing ever happened.

I hope and pray that young women will realize this is not a fix all. That they have someone in their lives to guide them and lead them to a better path of handling what may come from the choices they have made. I pray that they have someone in their lives, be it a teacher, a friend, a parent or other relative, to show them what it means to truly respect life and to respect your own body. I pray that these young women and indeed all women have someone to trust, to turn to, to lean on. And should anyone feel so alone or as though there is nowhere to turn, I pray that they will know in their hearts that God is always there. That He is there with all the angels at his side to love, protect, and guide us all through anything.

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2 thoughts on “OTC Plan B Pill Now Available to 15 Year Olds

  1. SR May 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm Reply

    I heard it on the news. Makes you sick doesn’t it? These poor young girls. Too many decisions for those tooooo young to make the right ones without some help! Great post and thanks for sharing. God Bless, SR

    • rosesnearrunningwaters May 2, 2013 at 8:15 am Reply

      I know SR. It seems more and more like our society is placing the emphasis on preventing life rather than preserving it. Thanks for reading.

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