Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Age for obtaining Plan B lowered to 17  

In a small victory for us reproductive justice advocates, emergency contraception will now be made available to both women and men as young as 17 without a prescription. It used to be that only those 18 and older could obtain it without seeing a doctor first, but the FDA lowered the age after a judge in the Federal District Court in New York ruled that the minimum age being 18 was a policy driven by politics, and not science. Ah, sweet justice.

Since EC became widely available to people 18 and over in 2006, it has not had any significant impact on abortion or teen pregnancy rates. This is because the amount of teenagers having sex and dealing with unplanned pregnancies is just too immense for EC alone to make a dent. In order for EC to effective lower these rates, it must work in conjunction with comprehensive sex education programs. No wonder teen pregnancy and abortion rates aren't lowering; too many teenagers who are victims of abstinence-only education don't even know what emergency contraception is.

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1 comments: to “ Age for obtaining Plan B lowered to 17

  • February 1, 2010 at 3:08 PM  

    Personally, I think this is a good idea because teenagers are having sex younger and younger these days. It may not be having the tremendous effects on the abortion/teen pregancy rates, but it will definately help.

    Also, I completely agree with the statement saying that many teenagers who grew up with just abstinence-only information, don't even know what emergency contraception is. To help this become more effective, drug companies should put more advertising out there to promote this. Not to promote sex of course, but to promote smart and safe sex if people are already engaging in it.