15 & Up For Plan B

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15 & Up For Plan B
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: 10-23-2001
Sat, 05-04-2013 - 9:03pm

This is closer to abortion than regular contraception and it just stirs up the debate of when life begins.  The fact that a fertilized egg can't attach itself to the uterus doesn't change conception whereas regular contraception stops the egg from traveling to the falopian tubes in the first place!  I don't know why you think this is safe for a 15 year old, Yea it's just a the bcp many times over - for a girl still growing that can be incredibly dangerous. 



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Registered: 12-06-2010
Sat, 05-04-2013 - 2:56pm
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.
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Registered: 04-16-2009
Fri, 05-03-2013 - 1:38pm

Yes, it is beside the point.

I would think that the FDA would require a prescription for under 15 because of heath concerns, not for  concerns about the morality of teens using Plan B. Those are two separate issues.

All Plan B is a dose of the same hormone in birth control pills, at a higher dose. It is a form of emergency birth control and cannot stop a pregnacy that has already taken place nor, from what I have read, implantation of a fertized egg.  Plan B will either stop/delay ovulation and must be taken soon after the act as possible.  So, those who are against Plan B, 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.

I would think that the heath implications of a 15 year old giving birth is more than a 15 year taking Plan B once.

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.

I would also think that, given the cost of Plan B, it would never be the B/C for choice for women. But, if a woman has an accident, I would rather her stop conception than have a child she is not prepared to have or have an abortion. 

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.

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?

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 05-02-2013 - 12:40pm

cookie_doh wrote:
<p>It's about time, although I still think the 15 age restriction is not that helpful.  How many 15 year olds have access to the identification they are asking for, which would most likely be their birth certificate?   I hope that they will give instruction in high school health classes on the side effects and appropriate use of the pill, although the kids can access the info on the internet.  Everyone makes stupid choices, or the unthinkable (rape) can happen, and these girls shouldn't have to pay for it the rest of their life.  </p><p> </p>

Unfortunately since a lot of school teach abstinence, they don't even teach kids how to use a condom or BCP, they are definitely NOT going to bother to teach about the morning after pill.  I would assume a high school ID card may help with identification, although since it usually only has their grade on it, it may not...  A permit or drivers license would be the only other thing

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Thu, 05-02-2013 - 9:18am
There is a 14 YO at DD's school that is pregnant, She left to deliver about a month ago. She wasn't raped and we assume she's keeping the baby. This is a tough call and I'd fear the consequences (health and emotional) for immature girls as young as 15 that think this is a remedy for sex and possible pregnancy, Many/most girls are not even fully developed at 15. Plan B for 15 year olds is too young, Plan B in general is wrong too but that's beside the point!



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Registered: 05-13-2009
Wed, 05-01-2013 - 9:57pm

Thardy wrote: "If any 15 year-old girl "has" sex, it is statutory rape in every state.  It's rape."

It's also consensual sex and only criminal if one party is an adult. Statutory rape equates to rape among consenting much minors like mock apple pie equates to apple pie, e.g. not at all.

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Registered: 08-22-2009
Wed, 05-01-2013 - 8:01pm

"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"

Not true.   


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Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 05-01-2013 - 3:11pm

jambalyia wrote:

15 year old girls do not need support to have sex. They need to be taught NOT to have sex PERIOD! The majority of 15 year old girls are not at parties getting drunk and do not get raped. I am completely okay with rape victims getting the morning after pill but not irresponsible 15 year old girls who shouldn't be having sex in the first place.

Tell that to all the 15, 16, and 17 year olds having babies. Seems a lot of their parents are more concerned with what they shouldn't be doing than what they ARE doing. I also find it amusing how people will rather not have their child be responsible and take an extra step of prevention (Plan B) yet cry they are irresponsible when the come home and say they are pregnant and now have ruined numerous lives, all because their parents think they shouldn't be having sex. Hmmm... 

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 05-01-2013 - 3:05pm

southernbabptistgal wrote:

Wow, this sickens me. What's next? Teenage girls being able to walk right into an clinic and get an abortion? Plan B IS abortion if you ask me.

Then, my friend, you have absolutely no idea what Plan B is and shouldn't be in this discussion.

Plan B in NO WAY stops a pregnancy. It PREVENTS pregnancy. 

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Registered: 07-25-2012
Wed, 05-01-2013 - 2:14pm

Wow, this sickens me. What's next? Teenage girls being able to walk right into an clinic and get an abortion? Plan B IS abortion if you ask me.