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Pleasure Without Responsibility: FDA Approves 'Morning After Pill' For Sale Over The Counter, Age 15 and Up

Pleasure Without Responsibility: FDA Approves 'Morning After Pill' For Sale Over The Counter, Age 15 and Up

By LAURAN NEERGAARD | AP Medical Writer | May 01, 2013 | 2:47am EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a surprise twist to the decade-plus effort to ease access to morning-after pills, the government is lowering the age limit to 15 for one brand - Plan B One-Step - and will let it be sold over the counter.

Today, Plan B and its generic competition are sold behind pharmacy counters, and people must prove they're 17 or older to buy the emergency contraception without a prescription. A federal judge had ordered an end to those sales restrictions by next Monday.

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No solution

I wonder if it has occurred to you that some parents out there are not more loving *because* of the way sex and even marriage has become all about *them* and their happiness, and not about the generation and well-being of children?

Not all children are loved, and *your* solution is to take it out on the kids by killing them, instead of being more demanding of the adults who put their pleasure before all other considerations.

I wonder what surviving children think of parents who aborted an earlier brother or sister. Do they think 'how loving and responsible a choice that was?' Or maybe they wonder what their sibling would have been like, or maybe they think 'That could have been me.' How is it for them to realize that their parents' love for them is not based on their innate worth, but only on the whim of their parents wanting them?

Abortion doesn't just kill the unwanted. It can be soul-killing for the "wanted." It leaves mothers and fathers wounded. It leaves society wounded because life is cheapened and worth something only if it is "wanted."

Please rethink your solution, because it is no solution.

Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Mary, Our Mother, protect us under your mantle.

Sex is not for fun. Sex is

Sex is not for fun. Sex is for making babies. Life begins at penetration.

Then you're not doing it

Then you're not doing it right, lol!!!

They got books about that. Maybe time for an investment?

"I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual."

Tragically, people die all the time...

... from accidents and from natural causes. It does not logically follow that it is therefore acceptable to deliberately kill another person.

As to why God ordains/allows so much suffering in our world, that is a complicated question that theologians struggle with, and that, in my opinion, we cannot adequately answer at the present time. I definitely get the impression, however, that, for you, the question is merely a rhetorical device designed to advance a completely non-religious argument. Please feel free to correct me if I am mistaken.

A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand


Oh that doesn't seem so complicated to me. Death exists because of CHOICE. What kind of perfect creation would we be if we didn't have choice in worshiping God? Unfortunately, we chose sin and the consequence of sin is death. Ergo, death exists and God must allow death (and suffering) to exist othwise there is no greatness to His creation. However, in his mercy, he provided a way of redemption through His son, a sacrifice of death (even He has suffered) and all we must do is CHOOSE redemption. This of course doesn't end suffering on Earth because we (and all around us) are still sinners who must constantly be redeemed.

HI, I just want to clarify a

HI, I just want to clarify a few things. From webmd:

"Depending upon where you are in your cycle, Plan B or Plan B One-Step may work in one of these ways:

It may prevent or delay ovulation.
It may interfere with fertilization of an egg.

It is also possible that this type of emergency birth control prevents implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus by altering its lining."

Plan B most of the time actually prevents the sperm from even reaching the egg. There is no fertilized egg if taken within a certain period of time. I just want everyone to know the facts. Many people on the right even think this is an abortion pill. It's ignorance that needs to be corrected.

FYI - I am a libertarian. In this case I am fine with a 15 year old getting plan b. When I was 15/16/17 almost everyone I knew was having sex. This isn't going to increase the rate. It's RP's argument that just because you legalize heroin doesn't mean you're going to do heroin.


Thank You OUChris

for clarifying how this pill works.

I remembered the last two ways the pill worked and knew there was a third.

That being that it prevented ovulation from even occurring which is how the regular BC pill works.

Now i remember that the way it prevents the fertilized egg from embedding into the uterus is that it causes an inflammation in the
lining of the uterus and the egg never embeds and gets washed away with the menses.

This is actually a very common occurrence in many women that never become pregnant as it happens naturally and most women never even know it.

Why can we trust the government on this?

Were those 15/16/17 year olds open about their sexual activities with their parents? Did any of them think it was OK to have sex at 15/16/17, or did they know what the4y were doing was wrong?

The problem I have with this is on several levels. What will this do to the human body later in life, any effects?

(Would you want heroin legal for 15 year olds?)

If those 15 year olds were living under their own roof, I wouldn't care what they did.. so my other problem is this is like the government telling 15 year olds it OK to have unprotected sex, yet, any fallout will be the burdon on the parents because now 15/16/17 year olds who live under their roof can say, "It's legal for me to do this and you can't stop me". YET.. the parent should have control in their iwn homes what goes on under their roofs.

I think RP was think this would be made legal and leave it up to OB-GYN and their patients to decide.. if that includes a parent and her 15 year old.. sobeit. But OTC?

If I was a sexual predetor I would LOVE this.

Kid says: "It's legal for me

Kid says: "It's legal for me to do this and you can't stop me"
Parent says: "Wanta bet?"
Insert disciplinary tactic of your choosing. I prefer an old fashioned belt to the rear. Sacks of potatoes and switches work well also.

It amazes me how we label 15/16/17 year olds as "children". Given, they aren't "grown-ups" and probably aren't fully developed, mentally or physically, but they are far from "children".

If ignorance is bliss, Washington DC must be heaven.

belt ti the rear at 15 is assult with a weapon

And yes, I think government needs to get out of age discrimination because people age at their own rates.

Not sure if this matters but.....

Ron Paul is in favor of the morning after pill.

I can't remember where I read it, but he did go into a very long explanation as to why he is in favor of this pill but is pro life.

This is not going to appease the life begins at conception hard liners.

I for one am against abortion, but am for this morning after pill.

I vaguely remember RP explaining that there were several ways this pill prevents pregnancy.

If anyone wants to correct me feel free to do so cause I may be wrong.

I recall him say that a fertilized egg goes through about 16 cellular changes on it way down the Fallopian tube before entering the uterus and actually becomes a fetus.

The morning after pill can prevent the the egg from ever being fertilized, or it can actually prevent the pregnancy. It all depends on how quickly the pill is taken after intercourse.

Ron stated that this pill works very similarly as the birth control pill. I will try to find his explanation. It was very in-depth. There is no doubt that this will prevent many abortions both early and late term. The abortion industry must be hating this.

You're right. The explanation

You're right. The explanation I remember him saying is there is no way to know if pregnancy has even taken place. The pill can prevent pregnancy rather than just end pregnancy. Therefore he is OK with.

However, I agree that it is inappropriate for the Gov't to interject themselves in place of the parents. I had this conversation yesterday about children (to age 14) being able to have an abortion without parent notification. This makes no sense for a minor to undergo a medical procedure without parent (guardian) knowledge let alone parent permission when that is a requirement for every other medical procedure. Clearly the pill is not the same but a somewhat similar level of life changing consequence exists that a minor cannot (legally) make good judgements about.

The gov't isn't

The gov't isn't "interjecting" themselves. They are actually, and LITERALLY, taking their nose out of where it doesn't belong. They aren't MAKING pharmacies sell to teens, they are ceasing to PREVENT the sales. For those who can't tell the difference, just know that the difference exists. teens just gained a little more freedom, which is ALWAYS a good thing.

The gov't has no place getting involved in ANY person's sex life. They don't need to know who I'm banging, why I'm banging, or how I bang to operate their extortion racket.

"I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual."

OK, fair. I didn't help

OK, fair. I didn't help myself by mixing the abortion vs. pill issues. While I absolutely agree that less government involvement into the family is a good thing, I object to a seeming arbitrary involvement/non-involvement which attempts to inject a moral baseline into the family life. CPS will remove a child for seeming small issues but then allow a 14 year-old to take LITERALLY sickening chemicals or undergo a process that can permanently scar or even kill a person without a parents knowledge.

Said in another way, from a practical standpoint, the "taking their nose out of where it doesn't belong" is hypocritical when compared to the legal responsibility that parents supposedly have over an individual incapable of making rational decisions. It contradicts other positions the government holds and removes parents authority.(Perhaps the comparison of legalization vs. decriminalization is appropriate.) I find that where they are "taking their nose out from," will ultimately increase peoples dependency on the government.

Yes, he is

But I don't think that he is for the government making it available OTC for 15 year olds. It should be between a doctor and patient (I guess OBYYN will get much younger patients from this?)

STDs should increase tremendously with this

MSM jusst told all the 15 year olds UNPROTECTED SEX IS LEGAL

God help that generation!

Hey Grange, Get This..

An employee of mine just told me how happy she was to see that her daughter can get this over the counter..

This totally baffles me..


What I find so interesting, is that so many who claim they have woken up, they don't trust the government, don't want to take vaccinations, want natural medicine, but this is different. This is ok.

What you wanna bet that in a few years we'll see class action law suits for deaths or sterility.. and definately a climb in HIV and STDs?

What Message Are We Sending....

That its ok to take a pill without fear of getting pregnant...

For those against this;

For those against this; wouldn't any age limit be a legislation of morality? It is not the governments place to decide when an individual can or cannot act morally/immorally. So once again, this is an issue with parenting.

government is making parenting harder

The government is sending a message to 15 year olds.. IT'S LEGAL TO HAVE SEX. This is going to make parenting, at what is a difficult age, and ususally a difficult time for the family already).

But why isn't that same argument...

... made on behalf of non-abortifacient drugs?

A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand

first of all

this isn't an "abortionistic" drug. This drug prevents a fertilized egg from implanting into the uterine wall. the woman is not technically pregnant ever. Many fertilized eggs "do not take" an you would never consider the woman pregnant.

second of all, what drug can you name that prevents a life changing event from taking place as a direct result of actions taken within 72 hours?

if anything it could be placed along the same lines as a vaccine. it prevents a life altering event from taking place.

Shifting definitions...

"This drug prevents a fertilized egg from implanting into the uterine wall." That's the point, many hold that a fertilized egg...is a fertilized egg (conception) despite what academia has conveniently proclaimed.

It is remarkable how cough syrup and other drugs appear to be more regulated...whatever our federalist views.

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You may not agree

but some people believe that life begins at conception, not at the time of implantation.

Exactly, juneau

Well said, Liberty patriot!

A Constitutional, Christian conservative who voted for Ron and stands with Rand

The pleasure is fleeting...

sleeping around still makes one susceptible to STD's. Where I live gonorrhea and chlamydia are rampant in the pleasure-seeking youth demographic.

No pleasure in that.

Don't buy into the lie - we were not created to act like animals.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

And the boyfriends are probably going to be getting a stash

for future use. Don't worry baby, I've got a morning after pill for you!

Worse than that

This will allow all kinds of sexual crime to continue with even less means to stopping it. Imagine all the incest/rape/pedophilia that can occur when the perpetrator simply picks up his monthly ration of Plan B pills and slips them into his underage victim's oatmeal.

And what is the agenda here, besides softening up 15 year olds to the idea of abortion-on-demand?

Thanks for the downvote!

I love that someone downvoted my fear that incest/rape/pedophilia may be aided by this...whomever you are, you are a fount of morals.