By Teresa Welsh |
The Food and Drug Administration, by making the morning after pill available to 15-year-old girls over the counter, right next to the Tylenol and the toothpaste, has created a predator's paradise. A predator, thanks to this dangerous decision, can now take advantage of a vulnerable teenage girl and then send her into the local Walgreen's to cover his own criminal tracks.
According to the Department of Justice, 59 percent of the female victims of statutory rape are age 14 or 15, and 45 percent of the offenders are over the age of 21. This problem will only get worse now that predators don't even need to bring protection with them to seduce a younger victim. A "solution" is just blocks away, and can even be picked up on the way home along with a Slurpee and a bag of Cheetos.
And it will do harm to the nuclear family by creating distance and secrecy between parent and child. Parents are excluded from any role in the purchase of Plan B. They are not required to give consent or even be notified, despite the fact that their daughter cannot be given so much as an aspirin by the school nurse without parental permission.
Plan B contains four times the dosage of regular birth control pills. The Plan B website itself says that side effects can include nausea, abdominal pain, headache, menstrual changes, dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea. A 15-year-old girl is simply not in a position to make intelligent, informed medical decisions like this without the counsel of parents. That's why God gave them to her.
Plan B is not 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. The Plan B website is dizzy with excitement that "about 7 out of every 8 women who would have gotten pregnant will not become pregnant" using this method. Feeling better, Dad?
Plan B can also cause an abortion by preventing a fertilized egg, a human being in its earliest stage of development, from implanting in the uterine wall.
And Plan B is useless as a preventive against sexually transmitted diseases, including the newest superbug out there, a drug-resistant strain of gonorrhea than can cause infertility in women.
Bottom line: more family breakdown, more statutory rape, more teen pregnancies, more abortions and more STDs. In my gradebook, Plan B gets an "F," and the Family Destruction Agency gets a big, fat "F-" for this unconscionable decision.
About Bryan Fischer Director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association
Terry O'Neill President of the National Organization for Women
Deborah Nucatola Senior Director of Medical Services for Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Jessica Arons Director of the Women's Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress
Anna Higgins Director of Family Research Council's Center for Human Dignity