Hearing about this (see also: this) all day has my stomach in knots. I agree with the author of the Slate piece that "The only reason to keep these restrictions in place is to force pregnancy on unwilling minors as punishment for having sex, and just accept the impregnated rape victims as collateral damage. "
Yes, that's exactly what Sebelius is doing...ensuring that this
medication will not be available to girls under 17 years old unless
their parent is super understanding and also an M.D. It's bullshit on
the highest level.
And this quote from Obama disheartens me: "He said Sebelius decided 10- and 11-year-olds should not be able to buy
the drug "alongside bubble gum or batteries" because it could have an
adverse effect if not used properly. He said "most parents" probably
feel the same way."
THIS IS TRUE OF JUST ABOUT EVERY SINGLE OVER THE COUNTER DRUG: PAIN
RELIEVERS, ALLERGY MEDICINE, SLEEP AIDS...If they are not used properly,
they could ALL have adverse effects.
I'm sorry to yell but I'm just
Denying victims of rape, abuse or just young people that make a fucking
mistake (it happens- condoms break, people forget to take pills, etc.) a
safe, easy way to prevent unwanted pregnancy is Wrong with a capital