The Right to life debate, as well as making the Plan B or “morning after” pill available over the counter to girls older than 17 have been prevalent issues in the country for years. This Wednesday the secretary of Health and Human services overruled a FDA recommendation that would have made the Plan B contraceptive pill available over the counter to women under the age of 17.
The manufacturer of the Plan B pill had asked the FDA to conduct an investigation to see if the pill was safe for use of woman under 17. The manufacturer believes that this emergency contraception pill should be available to all sexually active girls. The FDA says the pill is most effective when used within 24 hours of the act and must be used within the first 72 hours. The manufacturer claims that the need for a prescription for girls under 17 is making it hard for girls who need to take the pill to receive it in time for the pill to have the desired effect.
Certain groups, such as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, believe that the secretary has made the wrong choice by not following the FDA’s recommendation. Many believe that sexual education among the youth in the United States is not where it needs to be at to help slow down unwanted early pregnancies. Making the Plan B pill available over the counter to girls under 17 may be for now one of the best ways of combating unwanted teen pregnancy until there is more education on contraceptive measures.
I believe that a woman should always have the right to decide whether she wants to terminate her pregnancy. Having a child, especially if it is unwanted at an early age can not only ruin the plans a young woman has, but also bring a child into the world with parents that are not ready and often unfit to be proper parents. The FDA has gone out and said that the Plan B pill is safe for adolescent use so do you think government should have the right to make the Plan B pill not available over the counter to women under 17? More importantly do you think it is appropriate for government to have control over a woman’s right to choose if she is ready to have a child or not?