Plan B: For Women 17 and Up

Posted: March 31, 2009 by krystieyandoli in Uncategorized
Tags: , , , ,

 

Plan B

Plan B

So the truth comes out, and politics is the reason for a delay in social justice yet again. Plan B, a form of emergency birth control available 72 hours after intercourse, has now been made legal for 17-year-olds to access over the counter.

 

Why has this legislation been modified, you may ask? And why now?

Well, Plan B should have been made available to 17-year-olds initially. Enough with this, “If they don’t have the tools, they won’t do it” crap. Seventeen-year-old girls AND boys (obviously, it takes two to tango) are having sexual intercourse, and it’s dangerous to not provide the proper precautions. Thanks to Shelby Knox and other sex-ed advocates, we’re aware of birth control, condoms, and other preventative options.

 

This tiny pill could make all your dreams come true...

This tiny pill could make all your dreams come true...

Plan B is another form of protection against underage pregnancy—an issue that causes much more damage than access to a contraceptive.

 

The good news? Seventeen-year-olds don’t have to beg their older siblings to pick it up for them at CVS anymore.

The bad news? This hasn’t been an option from the beginning because of former President George Dubya Bush. (Duh.)

According to a New York Times article, “The judge ruled that the agency had improperly bowed to political pressure from the Bush administration in 2006 when it set 18 as the age limit.” Women’s health advocates aren’t too happy about this new piece of info, claiming that the Bush administration turned a scientific issue into something political. In turn, they risked women’s health in order to obtain their “political power.”

Conservatives have their panties in a twist because this updated legislation could potentially promote higher sexual activity rates. When will people realize that these types of laws and rulings only make the pre-existing sex safer? I’m sure it must suck to realize that your kids, grandkids, and nieces are participating in this “ungodly act,” but it’s a part of life. The quicker people come to grips with reality, the more protected our sexually active teens will be.

Thankfully the U.S. government has come to its senses, and Plan B isn’t as difficult to obtain. This isn’t going to introduce 17-year-olds to fornication for the first time; instead, it gives a sense of security. The most important thing for the government and the people to consider is that repro rights are women’s health issues, so let’s try and not make everything so political.

~ Krystie Yandoli

Comments
  1. brittany says:

    I agree with everything you wrote.

  2. sexual reports are made even before 17, this must be taken in consideration to allow under 17 to use plan B or Norlevo.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s