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May 06, 2013

Plan B and Enabling Exploitation

Plan B and Enabling Exploitation

We need a plan B for helping teens, but not that one. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

The Food and Drug Administration announced last week its approval to make the quote/unquote “morning after pill,” otherwise known as “Plan B,” available to minors as young as 15 “over the counter” without a prescription. It’s already been available to 17 years olds that way, and earlier this month a Federal judge ruled that the FDA needed to make it available over the counter, period. So, it’s possible this first compromise will lead to its availability to those even younger.

Most troubling about this ruling is not only this concession that teenagers will have risky sex, like the animals we now think they are. It’s that we’ve eliminated yet another adult from their lives. At least with a prescription, there is a physician that will know what’s going on. The cultural myth, however, is that no one belongs in anyone’s bedroom. But what about cases of sexual bullying or risky sexual behavior? Sadly, the feds have decided to enable rather than protect. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

Further Reading

Judge Orders 'Morning After Pill' To Be Sold Over Counter to Those Under 17
Sydney Lupkin | ABC | April 5, 2013

FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Plan B for Women 15 and Older
ABC | May 1, 2013

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