15 & Up For Plan B

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15 & Up For Plan B
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Wed, 05-01-2013 - 11:34am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Tuesday lowered to 15 the age at which girls can buy the morning-after pill without a prescription and said the emergency contraception no longer has to be kept behind pharmacy counters.

The decision by the Food and Drug Administration is an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the drug.

Today, Plan B One-Step is sold behind pharmacy counters, and buyers must prove they're 17 or older to buy it without a prescription. Tuesday's decision lowers the age limit to 15 — and will allow the pill to sit on drugstore shelves next to condoms and spermicides or other women's health products. But customers must prove their age at the cash register.

Teva Women's Health, which makes Plan B, said it would begin over-the-counter sales in a few months.

FDA: Morning after pill OK for ages 15 and up- http://news.yahoo.com/fda-morning-pill-ok-ages-15-232957915.html

How do you feel about this decision? Should Plan B be available for purchase on the shelf, to people aged 15 and older?

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Sun, 05-05-2013 - 9:01pm

beeblebrx wrote:
I just experienced a case where a pair of seventeen year olds wanted Plan B after their condom broke. I was working as a volunteer at an international youth convention and the boyfriend came to us explaining what had happened and asking for access to medical help. We ended up driving him to he local pharmacy, where he was able to get Plan B. In my mind, that's just a simple medical issue. Not a moral one. Well, with one exception. The folks trying to limit people's access to Plan B are morally reprehensible for attempting to influence the availability of medical help to anyone who needs it, IMO.

Thank goodness this is available.  The "morning after" pill(s) has been around since the 1960's finally getting FDA approval in the US in 1997.  Ask a Mom!  It's been around for decades. 

http://www.ehow.com/about_5247353_morning-after-pill-history.html

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Registered: 12-17-2003
Mon, 05-06-2013 - 7:25am

15 year-old girls do not have sex.  If any 15 year-old girl "has" sex, it is statutory rape in every state.  It's rape.  She should certainly have easy access to Plan B, since most rapes go unreported.  And she's not at fault.  And as a taxpayer, I don't want to pay for a 15 year-old to have a baby.

 

My understanding is it's statutory rape if one party is an adult.

Either way, the logic presented here doesn't make much sense. I read this as .....Teens are going to have sex and that is ok, but when she has sex, it's rape and not the girls fault?? Whose fault is it? The boys? That's an illogical statement. If teens are mature enough to have sex and mature enough to handle their own medical needs, then why would they then call it rape the girl should report?

Maybe, possibly, if so many people think teenagers engaging in sexual intercourse is a good thing, which is unavoidable, and she should then have access to this medicine, then maybe the age of consent should be lowered and not considered rape.

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Registered: 12-17-2003
Mon, 05-06-2013 - 7:41am

I would assume that they are against all forms of Birth Control for every woman. It is not RU-486 which is a abortive medication.

Not neceesarily. People can be against the philosophy or reasoning behind the availability of this drug.

Granted, one would hope that a 15 or 16 or 17 year old would not be having sex. But the reality is that there are14,15,16 and 17 that do have sex, wheither we approve of it or not.  Life happens.

Is this really about life just happening. We need to understand why girls are engaging in sexual intercourse at such a young age.

I would also think it would not be used by your typical ill-informed 15,16 or 17 year old who would use Plan B but a more probable situation would be a young woman who found herself in a situation she had not planned for (got carried away, forced sex,....) or one whose B/C has failed.

We just don't know this yet. There's many possible scenarios.

A thought came to me about this.. What is to stop an older woman (say the girl's mother, an older sister or girlfriend) from buying it and then giving it to the girl, no matter how young the girl is?

Isn't the main concern is girls doing this behind their parents back? I would also imagine, since we're considering possible outcomes, the girl who would go to the parent under such conditions, probably made the parents aware she was sexual active. Maybe?

I would think that the FDA would require a prescription for under 15 because of heath concerns

So, if a woman needs a prescriptions for BC and this drug is just BC with a high dose, then why don't women need a prescription to use it? I would assume the answer is because it's an emergency durg, but that certainly doesn't change the heath risks involved.

 

 

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Mon, 05-06-2013 - 1:16pm

I would assume that they are against all forms of Birth Control for every woman. It is not RU-486 which is a abortive medication.

Not neceesarily. People can be against the philosophy or reasoning behind the availability of this drug.

Of course people can be against this medication. That is their right but they should understand how the medication works first. If they are against it then don't use it.

Granted, one would hope that a 15 or 16 or 17 year old would not be having sex. But the reality is that there are14,15,16 and 17 that do have sex, wheither we approve of it or not.  Life happens.

Is this really about life just happening. We need to understand why girls are engaging in sexual intercourse at such a young age.

Teens have been having sex for centuries. In fact, it was the norm for young girls to be married before their 18th birthday in the 1600 and 1700s and not unheard of in the 1800s. Delayed marriage mostly occured due to economic reasons.  I am a descendant of many of these young brides (married at 13, 14 and 15) who went on to have multiple husbands (one was on her 2nd at age 18 and her 3rd by age 21) and many kids. The bride and the groom would live with her parents until the bride was ready (puberty) to be a wife in more than just name. 

Why teens are having sex is an easy question to answer. There is no mystery here. We are sexual beings, with an urge to procreate. Some kids have a stronger sex drive than others and hormones can be a powerful hold over young teens. Teens can be implusive, curious, easily swayed and are trying to find their place in society. Being in love is a powerful feeling, especially for teens.

The question is not why kids are having sex but what works in encouraging delayed sexual activity and how to minimize the damage to kids after the horse has left the barn.

Personnally, I would rather have a 14 or 15 year old have to choice to take plan b then have her give birth to a baby or have an abortion.

A thought came to me about this.. What is to stop an older woman (say the girl's mother, an older sister or girlfriend) from buying it and then giving it to the girl, no matter how young the girl is?

Isn't the main concern is girls doing this behind their parents back? I would also imagine, since we're considering possible outcomes, the girl who would go to the parent under such conditions, probably made the parents aware she was sexual active. Maybe?

The reason why the girl does not go to the parents is really not the point. This is a medication and it is not the job of the FDA to force girls to talk to their parents. That is a family issue. A person's sex life is very personal and is not something that many teens feel confortable talking to even the best parents, especially parents who have a difficult time accepting the fact that their kids are sexual beings, just like them.

From what I have read, the reason for the prescription is because in the US there are fears that teen girls will abuse the medication and overuse it. Education would help with that.

I would think that the FDA would require a prescription for under 15 because of heath concerns

So, if a woman needs a prescriptions for BC and this drug is just BC with a high dose, then why don't women need a prescription to use it? I would assume the answer is because it's an emergency durg, but that certainly doesn't change the heath risks involved.

Here, it is available over the counter, with no restrictions. It has been since 2008. The risks are low; our equivalent of the FDA is extremely conservative and would not allow its distribution without a prescription unless it was safe.  Safety came first.

The unfortunate point in all this is that access to a medication is being denied solely based on age. A 30 year old, who had  unprotected sex with a guy she picked up, can walk into a drug store early the next day and get Plan B.  A 15 year old who thinks she is in love with her boyfriend and with whom she got carried away with one day, has to wait to see a doctor for a prescription. By that time, it is too late and she is pregnant. So, it effectively restricts access to a medication solely based on age.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 12:10pm

  Are you appalled when a 15 year old gives birth?   Girls have human rights to enjoy sex too.  Considering that women have a much greater capacity for sex than men do(biologically not under social constraints). 

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Registered: 12-17-2003
Thu, 05-09-2013 - 1:46pm

MomDrinker,

I am seriously stunned by your lengthy response. I am not sure where it comes from. I will repost from your response:

MOMDrinker:I would assume that they are against all forms of Birth Control for every woman. It is not RU-486 which is a abortive medication.

ME: Not necessarily. People can be against the philosophy or reasoning behind the availability of this drug.

MOMDrinker: Of course people can be against this medication. That is their right but they should understand how the medication works first. If they are against it then don't use it.

I had leave the course of this conversation up there because clearly you misunderstood the comment. I said nothing of people being against medicine. lol ... In bold you stated one must be against all forms of birth control if they are against Plan B. uhm .... I said, as you can see, one can be against the philosophy of a drug or availability of a drug without being necessarily against the drug itself. lol .... of course people can choose not to take a medication, but I think this forum is here to discuss peoples positions and different pov. I was simply pointing out that people can be against this specific use of Plan B and still feel BC is fine. I only disagreed with your position if one was against Plan B, they must be against BC. DOes this not make sense to you?

 

The question is not why kids are having sex but what works in encouraging delayed sexual activity and how to minimize the damage to kids after the horse has left the barn.

Really? You don't see not being able to delay gratification a "reason" why they are having sex? ok My research seems to indicate there's many reasons teens engae in sex and personally, I think it's important to society to figure out why. This isn't the 1600's and what a 30 year can and cannot do, is not the issue either.

The reason why the girl does not go to the parents is really not the point

Well, if that's not the point, then why even bring up girls going to an someone else to obtain the drug? lol

 

The unfortunate point in all this is that access to a medication is being denied solely based on age.

But, there's many medications available to specific age groups.

 

I never even stated whether I was for or against this. Personally, I don't buy education is the key, because many teens have the knowledge and availability to BC and don't take advantage of it. Whatever the excuses may be, they are not mature enough or responsible enough to manage their own reproductive health. Oh, and yes, adults do have access to this and everyone makes mistakes, but, IMO, this drug does have to potential to be abused by teens. So, I think it's worth considering all angles. Sorry, I just don't believe in the philosophy that since they are doing it, they should have access to this. I mean, maybe they should, I just don't buy into that logic.

 

 

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