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It is hardly a dangerous drug.
You can buy worse OTC at the store and I ain't talking about alcohol or tobacco.
It's a nonsensical statement.
And so that many OTC drugs are also dangerous is a good thing? Perhaps these drugs, including Tylenol, should be placed back on prescription only if they are in fact worse or potentially dangerous..
Actually there are quite a few strong side-effects for Plan B, and up to 2% of women who take it might have to be hospitalized afterwards. That being said, I think that teenage girls who are minors should have to consult at the least their physician to get access to such strong drugs. It is not a morality issue, it is a public safety issue.
Same thing with underage abortions. Since we can't get rid of abortion on moral grounds, the least we can expect is to properly regulate such activities for the sake of public health. Teenage girls do not have the brain development to fully understand the consequences of their decisions, they are like most teenagers, rash and impulsive. These drugs are not condoms, they have risks and side effects. Further, abortion is a surgical procedure. If the same 16 year old girl had a pre-cancerous polyp on her cervix, she would need parental consent to get the surgery to remove it because cervical dilation is a risky procedure, it can allow for serious infections, which is why doctors won't perform such surgeries on teenagers without parental consent lest they find themselves in a malpractice lawsuit. However, abortions, all access.
The problem with politicians who promote abortion and plan b access for teens is that they are making an excuse and a lazy cop-out. They don't want to confront the complicated reality of teenage sexuality and pregnancy in our society, so they both kick the can down the road and further just give kids universal access to potentially dangerous medical procedures and drugs without required ADULT intervention!! That is callous and lazy, we adults need to GROW UP and HELP OUR KIDS!!! Why should young women have to go at this all their own? There should be more mechanisms in place to assist them, not simply in getting any particular procedure, but rather with socio-psychological support and encouragement. If teen girls insist on abortions or Plan B, then at the least they should have to consult a second opinion.
These drugs are similar, they have similar risks and side-effects, and as such should also require at the least that teenage girls consult their physician not their pharmacist. For example, if the EXACT dose is not taken in the EXACT right timing, or if the person throws up the drug (which is common because the most common side effect is extreme nausea) the drug only induces a later miscarriage (up to a MONTH LATER!!) because it causes horrible defects to the developing embryo. This can be psychologically devastating to a young woman who though that Plan B would just be a quick fix...
I am sorry but as an educator of high-school aged kids and a sunday school teacher of the same age group, why would we want to let our kids fend form themselves in a sexual world? They are KIDS! Unless we are going to get old world about it an give them the options of marriage, family, a career at a younger age instead of pushing this extended childhood thing of the modern era, then we as adults need to be more responsible. This is then a GREAT first step.
Abortion and Plan B kinds of "birth control" are a norm in American society, and I accept that. But just like I mentioned about Islamic parties in Egypt, just because we disagree with the power structure doesn't mean we can't also demand our rights and safety be protected by our government and society. So if we have abortion, the lease we can do is make it safer, and teenagers are not in their right mind to go it alone with either Plan B or abortion, Plan B should then rightfully be prescription only and abortion should require adult or parental consent. Kids shouldn't go it alone just because they are afraid, we as adults should ALWAYS be there to help them in ALL MATTERS, especially sexual or pregnancy, life is real, not an ideal.