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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Morning News Reprise

Posted by on August 24 at 14:32 PM

The FDA approves Plan B, the emergency contraception pill, for over-the-counter sale: Yay!

The FDA denies access to plan B for women 17 and younger, arguing that pharmacies already restrict sales of cigarettes and cold medicine to people 18 years and older.

Overwhelming evidence shows that Plan B is effective at preventing pregnancy among women of any age, and not—unlike, say, cold medicine, cigarettes, and teen pregnancy—potentially hazardous to young women’s health. According to a 2006 survey, nearly a third of sexually active girls between 15 and 19 had been pregnant, a rate that is higher, unsurprisingly, among poor, minority, and less educated women.

(Also, is it just me or is the phrase “morning-after pill” totally condescending? “Whoo-hoo! I can have sex with reckless abandon thanks to this over-the-counter bottle of Baby-Be-Gone pills!” Then again, I’m grouchy.)

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You also have to be 18 to buy condoms. This sort of restriction is nothing new.

While "Baby-Be-Gone" has a certain je ne c'est quois - they call it "Plan B".

Why would under 18's need access to contraception? After all, they're not having sex, not with all the abstinence education programs and Good Family Values they're being taught.

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