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.