So here’s the gist of the issue, courtesy The News Journal:
The “morning after” contraceptive soon will be available to 17-year-olds, without a doctor’s prescription, after the Food and Drug Administration bowed to a federal judge’s order Wednesday.
Critics called the decision a blow to parental supervision of teens. Supporters said the FDA’s action was long overdue, because the agency’s own medical reviewers initially had recommended that the contraceptive be made available without any age restrictions.
The FDA did not think this one through. Allowing access of medication to 17 year olds just doesn’t make any sense at all.
Can a 17 year old get her ears pierced? A tattoo? A vaccination? Can she vote? NO!!!
But apparently, the FDA thinks she’s old enough to make medical decisions for herself. Wait, scratch that. The FDA thinks she can make only one medical decision for herself…the decision to buy Plan B.
“Parents should be furious at the FDA’s complete disregard of parental rights and the safety of minors,” said Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America.
Our own Kasey Ketterer , President of Pro-Life Vanguard, said, “Nationally we’ve set the age at which children become adults at 18, so I don’t understand the point of lowering that age one year just for this certain type of medication,” she said. “There’s a reason we don’t allow children to make medical decisions for themselves… . How low are we willing to go? Children of what age are too young?”
What do you think?