The debate over Plan B has been going on for a long while and it will continue to be a very heated topic of discussion. If you don’t know what Plan B is, Plan B One-Step also known as the “Morning After Pill” is a form of emergency contraception that reduces the chances of pregnancy after unprotected sex when used within 72 hours, the sooner the better. It works similar to birth control pills in that it uses the synthetic hormone levonorgestrel to prevent ovulation. If an egg has already been released Plan B may prevent that egg from being fertilized and it may also prevent an already fertilized egg from implanting in the uterine wall. This is not to be confused with the abortion pill as it does nothing if an egg has already been fertilized and implanted, in other words it does not terminate pregnancy. It also does not protect against STDs including HIV and AIDS (source.)
Plan B was available over the counter to women 17 years of age and older with proper identification, no prescription needed. If you were 16 and younger you needed a prescription in order to have access to the pill. That was until yesterday. Age restrictions were dropped on the Morning After Pill after a long drawn out fight between Women’s Rights Groups, the FDA and the government. Plan B will soon be available to women and girls of all ages over the counter, without a prescription. I am all for Women’s Rights and being able to do what I want with my body but this does make me a little nervous. Now I’m not going to even go there with the “teens shouldn’t be having sex in the first place” because they are and they will continue to do so. However, Plan B is fine in an emergency such as rape, a broken condom, missing a birth control pill or two or even the occasional slip up, but these teens (and adults alike) need to realize that AIDS, HIV and other STDs are very real and that it is important that they use protection. I hope that they don’t abuse the availability of the pill and have more unprotected sex thinking that now they don’t have to worry about unwanted pregnancies… because with these diseases going around a baby may be the least of their worries. On another note I guess parents don’t have rights anymore nor control over their children when kids these days are gaining so many freedoms to basically do what they want. When things go awry first one society blames are the parents!