That reckless ‘Plan B’ decision
Published on April 10th, 2013
by Kathleen M. Gallagher
The irony of a recent statement by Nancy Northrup of the Center for Reproductive Rights in this post on the “Healthy Consumer” blog of the New York Times gave me a chuckle. The post is about the recent judicial action that will likely make the “morning-after pill” (Plan B) available to persons of any age right over the counter in the pharmacy. Northrup applauds that decision, and compares Plan B to aspirin, arguing that safety and effectiveness should be the standard to judge what goes on the pharmacy shelves. “Why in this area are we asking for a different standard?” she questions.
Ha! That’s always been my question. Why are school nurses forbidden from giving young students aspirin but they can write them a prescription for oral contraceptives? Why do parents have to sign the permission slip for their kids to get their ears pierced or their bodies tanned, but a 14 year old can have an abortion without a parent even knowing about it? Why will drug stores now have to keep minors away from tobacco products, beer, even allergy pills and cough medicine, but ensure that they have easy access to the morning-after pill?
Why? Because abortion and contraception is the sacred cow, the lone exception, the one area that breaks all the rules and throws common sense out the window. The judge’s decision in this case was reckless and irresponsible and defies common sense.