The “morning-after pill” should be available to teens
Emergency contraception is more effective the sooner it is taken. But under FDA’s restrictions, women who arrived at the drugstore without proper ID — or after the time at which the pharmacy gates were closed for the night or even the weekend — were too often denied access to the drug.
The science is unequivocal: The court cited ample evidence clearly demonstrating not only the safety of emergency contraception (which poses far less danger than over-the-counter drugs such as pain relievers and cough medicine), but also the fact that women of all ages understand the drug’s proper use as a backup to regular birth control.
As to the more personal concerns, of course all parents should be talking to their kids about their views and values on sex — as I did and do regularly with my son and daughter.
But in the event that our kids find themselves at risk of unintended pregnancy, what is more troubling: That they could go into any drugstore and purchase a safe and effective means of preventing that unintended pregnancy?