Who is Plan B Hurting?

Plan B helps women to conceive when ready.

Plan B helps women to conceive when ready.

Just yesterday, it has been announced that the Plan B birth control pill will be available to girls as young as 15 and it will no longer reside behind the pharmacists counter. Taking a quick temp around the social media world yesterday afternoon has found quite a rise in opinion and the momentum will no doubt continue to grow in the coming weeks. Seeing as how the Plan B pill isn’t much more than a highly charged dose of birth control pill, I struggle with the controversy of this product. What is society fighting?

This is not the abortion pill. This is not a pill that ends a pregnancy. This is not a pill that destroys a formed fetus.

This is a pill that prevents unwanted pregnancy. This is a pill to be taken within 5 days after unprotected sex. This is a pill that can assist reducing disastrous consequences from extremes such as date-rape.

Teens aren’t the only ones who can benefit from this product as many adult women also have reason to take this drug product, including myself at one time in my young 20’s from within a solid, married relationship, even.

Why are we judging people’s readiness for parenthood? Why are we shunning the forgetful? Why would we want to choose to make it difficult for people to get help? I have a hard time believing it’s just an age issue.

I agree that 15 is young. Fifteen is young for sex, the same way it’s young to be a mother. This is an age that I hope my own daughter will be abstaining from sex. But reality is a different animal and while we are all ready to admit 15 is too young for sex, why are we so adamant to take away a drug that will prevent young girls from saving their child raising days for later? Is society too naive to believe that, in 2013, there will be no adolescent sex if we reduce access to birth control? I don’t believe that’s the way it works.

In the end, it’s a very personal decision to use or not use birth control. It’s a very personal decision if and when to engage in sex. The bottom line should be that we are supportive of choices that could better society. That we are supportive of choices. That we are supportive.

That’s my 2 cents.

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  1. Just to be clear Plan B is not merely preventative birth control. It can stop fertilization, and it can be taken up to 72 hours after intercourse to stop the implantation of an already fertilized egg to the uterus.

    When contraception is as convenient as an over the counter drug that young girls can purchase in a convenience store, we are also making their sexual behavior more thoughtless and less personal. It reduces it to a mere physical act rather than the
    beautiful interpersonal, mutually responsible behavior sex was intended to be.

    If a woman chooses to get an abortion from a clinic, she at least has to face another human being. But now, the young woman has to face no one. She’s not accountable for her actions, and even worse, no one might know if she needs help.

    Accountability and responsibility is an important concept in civilized society, and there are consequences to our behavior – teenagers need to see that. We’re giving these students the idea that something this significant can be tossed around.

    Yes, sexual behavior is a private matter. But if my 15 year old is having sex, have questions about it and is about to make a life-changing decision about his/her body, as a parent, I would like to know about it.

    • Jo says:

      Yes I agree, we need to be accountable. But not in the way that it is implied in your message. Parents need to be accountable and talk to their children about the repercussions of unprotected sex. We put too much emphasis on what society as a whole can do and have stopped thinking that children are our responsibility. If we raise our children properly and actually talk to them for a change, they will probably never need to take this pill.

      That being said, giving women the option to use this drug will help those that would have have to get an abortion if the pill was not available. An abortion is not only a traumatizing experience and can leave physical scars, but psychological ones as well.

      • brickwade says:

        I agree with you Jo. Conversation with our kids, and well before age 15. School and peers are teaching them NOW, in 1st grade. We need to be proactive.

  2. Obviously a very polarizing topic, Brick. I believe you ask a very relevant question, “What is society fighting?”
    We need to all explore our own personal convictions, review our own personal history, and consider real consequences in our own lives without casting judgement. If we’re honest, the argument is primarily about righteously judging the filth and bad decisions of others, not about the cost/benefit of a drug.
    Obviously, and what I’m sure most people will not catch due to their own personal bias, you had a personal experience in your young 20s that have formed your opinion. Kudos for courageously putting yourself out there with this.

    • brickwade says:

      Thank you for noticing that Chad. I appreciate your seeing my post as a personal opinion based on something I’ve experienced.

  3. therookiedad says:

    I have been ridiculed by people who are of the same religious background as me and even from family members on my stance of birth control. It is my personal opinion that it should be up to the individual to be able to do what they want.

    There is so much science behind all of this that I think people need to stop and realize that in the end they ultimately have the right to choose what they do. You can choose to take the pill or not, nobody is forcing you to actually use it if you do not want to.

  4. “In the end, it’s a very personal decision to use or not use birth control. It’s a very personal decision if and when to engage in sex.”

    I like these thoughts right here. I struggle, though, with the underlying expectations of accountability with regards to the masses. If I read you correctly, you’re saying back off and stop judging. Stop making it difficult for people to make a very personal decision with all of your red tape.

    And while I love that concept, and WANT that to be the world we live in, I see far too much evidence that, if left alone to make our own decisions, very personal or not, we tend to drop the ball as a population on the whole. I hate to say it, but it seems to me that, on the whole, we need to be treated like children. Children with set boundaries and enforced limitations. Rampant teen pregnancy, out of control gun violence, ridiculous amounts of texting while driving, etc… are all perfect examples, in my opinion, of things we are failing at as a people.

    This being treated like children thing honestly doesn’t bother me. I care only about keeping my house in order and making the correct decisions for myself and my family and then passing along the why of those decisions to my boys so they can make their own.

    • brickwade says:

      I think we’re getting too hung up on the age issue. Having it moved across the counter is a huge benefit to all women. With that comes ease of access and less insurance entaglement.
      Making it available to 15yo’s is just part of the equation.
      Let’s remember that only some girls are needing this. Others are already using condoms and hitting up the local health department for the Pill, Depo, and all the other options. I would know.

  5. brickwade says:

    I appreciate all the thoughtful comments presented here. It’s a tough world we live in with tough topics to tackle.
    In the end, the responsibilities lie with US as parents, in my opinion, and should be the number one factor in our kids’ education and decision making regarding sex and birth control. The pill should be nothing but a tool. When you break it down to it’s simplest form, that’s all it is.
    It’s up to the individual to weigh the physical, emotional and psychological risks associated, and in the case of consenting minors, it is up to their parents who should be there along the way, having the tough conversations about responsibility and actions – not the government. While 15 seems young, it implies that this generation needs “the talk” even earlier than ever before.
    Let’s be the parents who don’t bury our head in the sand, and instead be proactive with our kids to allow them to make concious, educationally sound decisions, even at 15.

  6. One of the issues that people have with the Plan B pill is that many of us believe that life starts at conception, rather than successful implantation (or later). So the Plan B pill would actually be ending a life, if it were to prevent implantation. I can completely see why some would be confused about why people would be upset about a fertilized egg being prevented from implanting, and I hope this sheds a little light on our perspective.

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