President Obama & Kathleen Sebelius Are A-Okay When It Comes to Plan B

plan bI never thought I’d be saying this, but I actually agree with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on something. Last week, Ms. Sebelius overrode the decision by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to sell Plan B without a prescription to minors.

Plan B is also known as the morning after pill or emergency contraceptive, and can be taken up to three days after intercourse to prevent (or end, depending on how you look at it) a pregnancy. It works by turning the uterus into a hostile environment toward any zygote that might be passing through and thinking of taking up residence for nine months or so. In other words, it’s an abortifacient.


Secretary Sebelius wrote a letter to Ms. Hamburg in which she stated that she did not think it was appropriate for young girls to take Plan B without a prescription. She also pointed out that 10 percent of females are capable of reproducing by the age of 11.

Let’s not even get into the abortion argument here, because the morning after pill is quite the contentious topic in that arena. Instead, let’s address the issue of supplying some major medicine to kids not old enough to legally drive to the pharmacy.

Have you tried to buy Sudafed in the past few years? You practically have to sign your name in blood with the promise that you won’t use it to make meth. Heck, I bought some Children’s Nyquil recently and was required to show ID. With restrictions like these for stuffy-nose medicine, how can anyone argue for over the counter abortifacients for underage girls

Plan B has some wicked side effects, and anyone taking it should be monitored, especially young girls who may be too afraid to seek medical help if needed. What if a kid got hurt as a result of taking Plan B? Is that risk worth allowing girls under the age of seventeen to buy it? 

President Obama doesn’t think so. In a statement, he said:

... As I understand it, the reason Kathleen made this decision was she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old, going to a drugstore, should be able, alongside bubble gum or batteries, be able to buy a medication that potentially if not used properly could end up having an adverse effect ... And I think most parents would probably feel the same way.

Bravo, Ms. Sebelius and President Obama. I may not agree with you guys on a lot of issues, but on this one, I think you’re spot on.


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