The Food and Drug Administration plan to sell the Plan B One Step morning-after pill to children as young as 15-years-old. Plan B One-Step® (levonorgestrel) is intended to prevent pregnancy after known or suspected contraceptive failure or unprotected intercourse.
Plan B contains a high dose of a synthetic form of progestin, which has been used in birth control pills for more than three decades — both in progestin-only formulations and in combination with estrogen, another female hormone. Many doctors believe there are risks associated with these medications, especially potential over-abuse, specifically in young patients. They say there is no research in adolescents showing safety of the treatment, which consists of high doses of the hormone progestin.
Allowing them to freely buy the pill and subjecting themselves to the harmful effect of a steroid is completely irresponsible. By allowing this drug to now be available to 15-year-olds, has me enraged and uncertain when it comes to the message of moral recklessness being communicated to the youth today.
When it comes to birth control and things like Plan B, I am completely aware of the benefits to society, and I understand accidents do happen. The idea that unprotected sex is okay just because of this pill is seriously wrong. When it comes to teenagers, providing them an additional excuse to indulge their sexual pleasures is a system failure.
I am very uncomfortable with the decision to drop the age to 15. Fifteen-year-old girls have a difficult time as it is, dealing with body changes, adding sex and adult decisions like this to complicate their life more.
Girls should be taught from an early age that the most important rule in life is self-respect. When it comes to making the decision regarding sexually activity, there is the simple and most respectful option of saying NO.