Government does not have youth’s best interest in mind
The priority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Obama administration must be to end restrictions on drugs for responsible adults [“Judge in NYC refuses to suspend his Plan B ruling,” seattletimes.com, May 10].
For years, terminally ill patients have been denied access by the FDA to new drugs under consideration that have passed the phase-one safety review. As documented by the Abigail Alliance, many thousands have died without access to drugs that were eventually approved by the FDA.
In that context, should 14- or 15-year-old girls have a right to buy and use drugs without the knowledge of their parents that will liberate them from all concern about such details as the use of condoms and the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases? Is the priority the choices of little girls, or the wider agenda of some adults?
Richard Ralston, executive director, Americans for Free Choice in Medicine, Newport Beach, Calif.