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Should 17-Year-Olds Be Allowed to Buy Plan B?

I'm grateful that Plan B is available in drugstores and pharmacies, but you have to be at least 18 years old to buy it without a prescription. In spite of that, minors are also having sex, which is why a judge in Brooklyn has ordered the FDA to reconsider its decision and allow underage girls access to this emergency contraception too. The court ruling ordered the FDA to act within 30 days, so now all women 17 and up will soon have access to this safe and effective drug! This is big news.

So what do you think about this ruling? Is it only fair to let Plan B be available to all women, regardless of their age? Or do you think this ruling sends the wrong message to teens about having unprotected sex?


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dikke-kus dikke-kus 7 years
If I had to vote I would say OK, let them have it at 17. What a horrible choice to have to face. Anyway I suppose as someone mentioned above they'll just ask an older teenager anyway.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
If people are flippin their shit over 1 year, then they need a life.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I work with teenage parents and OH GOD the age needs to be lowered! I don't know how many would have taken Plan B? I think that the majority just don't use contraception and wouldn't even consider getting the plan B. Also - they kind of get pregnant on purpose in some cases? You aren't going to change that until society stops trying to bandaid over it's problems and actually deals with the ground level stuff like poverty and the uneducated masses...
Advah Advah 8 years
Everyone should have access to it. I think the way they do it here is when you go get Plan B, you have to talk to someone first - I don't it doesn't happen every time, but that's what my friend had to do a couple of years ago. Think of it, it's actually a good way to tell teens about safe sex if the parents haven't taken the time to do so.
Janine22 Janine22 8 years
There should be no age limit!!! I do not think that there is where I live (Canada). We also do not have to pay for abortions and underage girls do not need permission from a parent to get an abortion. Underage girls also get a reduced rate on birth control pills. The bottom line is that women in our history worked very hard and long to give us the reproductive rights we now have. I hope that now that Obama is president in the US he will reverse some of the ridiculous laws Bush put through. I don't understand why Americans allow these ridiculous laws to even get through.
mack2600 mack2600 8 years
lyv, where was your sarcasm flag? i don't know if you ever realized but those things don't translate text. |> | | | |
free-fallin free-fallin 8 years
absolutely, there should be no age limit at all. the less unprepared teens with babies, the better
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
in california you can get an abortion at 14 can't you? through planned parenthood? i must be wrong because no one has mentioned this. and personally if you can get a SURGERY to get rid of a baby, then for sures you should be allowed to take a pill to prevent having to get surgery. it's just logic.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Absolutely. It's been proven safe for all ages, so I don't even think it should limited to over-17's.
Lyv Lyv 8 years
LMAO I was being sarcastic, mack2600... I haven't completely lost it yet.
geebers geebers 8 years
I think it needs to be accessible- because if they can have sex they should have the protection available to them. However, I think perhaps there needs to be something in place where underage girls would need to sign off that the pharmacist has spoken to them about the effects. It should not be viewed as birth control. On the other hand, it is expensive so I think that alone would deter teens from using it as a birth control.
kia kia 8 years
It just seems odd to me that a 17-year old would have access to buy this without talking to a nurse first even if they go to a school or live in an area that uses abstinence only education. I think young people that are educated about the birds and the bees in the modern world can handle it... I think it is a different story for kids that have not ever seen a condom before and find themselves having had sex already.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
Yes. Even though I practised safe sex I had to buy it at 16. The condom fell off and I freaked.
glampop20 glampop20 8 years
If someone who is under 18 needs to obtain Plan B, they will find a way to get it. I don't think there is a difference between 17 and 18 and I think anyone who needs Plan B should be able to buy it. The argument here is that teens will use Plan B as "regular" birth control but women over 18 could rely on it as regular BC too.
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
I think its necessary, especially since you have to be 18 to get it at Planned Parenthood. When a younger friend (16) confided in me that she needed it, I was very surprised that she didn't have access to it at a place that will give out free birth control to 14 year olds.
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
Oh .. I realized I didn't finish the story, lol .. if anyone was interested, the ex-girlfriend got lucky. She wasn't pregnant.
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
For those who commented that an older sister/friend can purchase it for an underage girl who needs it - yes, they can, and it happens all the time. HOWEVER, from a legal standpoint, they could suffer repercussions for doing so if the girl's parents decided to make a stink about it - for underage girls, it's considered a prescription medication, and we all know there are laws against sharing prescriptions with other people! I DESPERATELY wanted to go pick it up for my brother's girlfriend (who was 16 at the time, and is now 17, although they've since broken up). She was terrified, but sadly more afraid of telling her mother then of being pregnant. I KNOW her mother is the crazy type who would press charges on me, and being a nurse would be aware she could do so. Of course, this is the crazy woman who, when they broke up, asked her daughter if "he had tried to force himself" on her and that was why she had broke up with him ... even though he had broken up with him. So .. yeah. Point being, while girls CAN ask others to get if for them, they shouldn't have to. If they can legally have sex (in NJ, where we're from, 16 is the legal age of consent, or 13 and over w/no more then 4 years age difference), they should legally be able to protect themselves from unintended pregnancy without parental permission.
ECULeah ECULeah 8 years
Let's drop this age down - like many have said, the teens are going to get it any way. I had no problem getting alcohol in high school (and that was an irresponsible choice, unlike getting Plan B when a bc method fails). At least those trying to get Plan B are recognizing a mistake and trying to remedy it before it gets worse!!!
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 8 years
I don't think there should be an age put on contraception. Anyone could buy condoms so I think anyone should be able to purchase plan B.
sarahcateh sarahcateh 8 years
should be over the counter to women of every age. It's a sad fact, but girls as young as 11 or 12 could be having sex, and even if they are using condoms, condoms sometimes break. Making it exclusive to women over 18 is not going to discourage underage sex.... we all know that.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
ive had young ppl come in for plan b and when i id them their older bf buys it anyway. i would wish they used bc pills instead, b/c its just not good for your body to take those high doses of hormones. and ive got multiple offenders! its plan b for a reason, not birth control!
mack2600 mack2600 8 years
"lyv" -- what about the baby that's born to the unfit parent, what lesson is worth teaching that destroys an innocent human life in the process? that's a disgusting thing to say, we're talking about a human being here. i'd say "plan b for everyone!" -- i don't think that ANYONE should bring a new life into this world unless they have 100% desire to have that child, 100% commitment to that child's well-being, the perfect time and opportunity, and the resources to give the child a good life. that's one of our problems today, people don't take having children nearly as seriously as it should be taken. if you aren't going to be all you can be in every way and give your entire life then don't even consider it, so yes -- plan b should be available to not only 17-year-olds but women of every age.
Lyv Lyv 8 years
No way, let them have those babies, that should teach them
karlotta karlotta 8 years
Everybody should be able to buy Plan B.
Bodhar Bodhar 8 years
I think if it's legal for you to have sex, it should be legal for you to get birth control in all its forms. I really think making sex okay for teenagers does not come down to whether or not the FDA allows Plan B, anymore than selling condoms in a drugstore does.
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