Topic: Plan B
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May 14, 2013 at 6:33 AM
Make pill available for all ages
Girls are unlikely to carry identification at the age of 15. Therefore, merely lowering the age limit is a political move to silence further discussion on this topic [“Monday last day for morning-after pill appeal”, seattletimes.com, May 12]. I strongly believe the pill should be available to women of all ages.
Studies have shown that emergency contraceptives are safe to use, and can be used properly by women of all ages. The United States has the highest teen-birth rates of all developed countries and nearly half of all teens indicate that they have had sex at least once. Still, this delay in the ruling perpetuates the only topic the education system clearly supports: abstinence.
The availability of emergency contraceptives can create changes in comprehensive sexual education for all districts in Washington. The ruling is an opportunity for discussion and should be thought of as a piece in a larger public-health movement to curb teen pregnancies.
It’s time we provide women and girls with more autonomy and the necessary information they need to make the best decisions.
Magali Sanchez, Lynnwood
May 11, 2013 at 7:33 AM
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.
May 10, 2013 at 8:31 PM
Rules for female and male prescriptions should be the same
Females as young as 16 can get the Plan B pill to terminate potential pregnancies without prescriptions. Depending on the outcome of another court case, they may be able to acquire it at an even younger age [“Judge in NYC rips opposition to Plan B order,” seattletimes.com, May 7].
However, a male, typically 50 or older, must get a prescription for Viagra and other pills to overcome being impotent.
So the government is saying that a male who is President Obama’s age is not capable of making a good decision and would need a prescription, but females the age of the Obama daughters are more capable of making a good decision and do not need a prescription. Where is the wisdom in that kind of thinking?
Larry Brickman, Bellevue
May 8, 2013 at 6:02 AM
Adoption should be considered as an alternative
My one issue in this whole debate is the “either/or” people when it comes to unplanned pregnancy — either you keep it or you kill it [“Debate over morning-after pill for 15-year-olds,” seattletimes.com, May 4].
As one of the many thousands of parents hoping to adopt in the United States, why is adoption never brought up in discussion as a good option for unplanned, unwanted American babies?
There are so many waiting couples and families to whom these unwanted babies could be the biggest blessing. I am not saying this is the option for everyone, but I wish it would at least be an option that is looked at seriously before ending babies’ lives.
Anna Hiatt, Brier
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