WASHINGTON -- Seventeen-year-olds will soon be able to buy the "morning after" emergency contraceptive without a doctor's prescription, after the Food and Drug Administration bowed to a federal judge's order Wednesday.
Reversing a contentious policy of the Bush administration, the FDA said in a brief statement it will not appeal a judge's order that overturns restrictions limiting over-the-counter sales of "Plan B" to women 18 and older.
Conservatives called the decision a blow to parental supervision of teens. But women's groups said the FDA's action was long overdue, since the agency's own medical reviewers had initially recommended that the contraceptive be made available without any age restrictions.
U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ruled last month in a lawsuit filed in New York that Bush administration appointees let politics, not science, drive their decision to restrict over-the-counter access.
Korman ordered the FDA to let 17-year-olds get the birth control pills. He also directed the agency to evaluate whether all age restrictions should be lifted.
Parents, take note: if you are held liable for anything your seventeen-year-old child does, from now on, as I said before, you should point to Judge Korman's decision as a reason why you should be free from legal responsibility for anything your children do.
A seventeen-year-old in many states cannot, without parental permission, have her ears pierced, get a tattoo, or take aspirin in school. But now she can ingest a potentially dangerous high dose of artificial hormones designed to prevent pregnancy (or possibly keep a fertilized ovum from implanting in her uterus) without her parents even knowing about it. And this is considered to be something worth applauding by the bitter agenda-driven feminists who hate our children so much that they want them to grow up to be equally bitter agenda-driven feminists, and are willing to poison them with birth control and "Plan B" to achieve that goal.
When the first minor is seriously injured or even dies (yes, it can happen; these drugs have not been studied in minors, and hypersensitivity to the ingredients--an unknown factor for many young girls who will take the drug--is a contraindication) because of Plan B use, I hope her parents sue everybody connected with this ludicrous decision. Common sense would indicate that we not hand powerful drugs out to children without their parents' knowledge--but common sense, as usual, takes a back seat to the sex-pushers in our government, who won't rest until all our kids are the same degenerate immoral wastrels that they revel in being.