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PLAN B FOR TEENS: FDA OKs Morning-After Pills for Girls 15 and Over
April 30, 2013 at 10:02 PM

FDA: Morning-after pill to move over-the-counter

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    Plan B One-Step. (AP)

The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it -- an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive.

Today, Plan B One-Step is sold behind pharmacy counters, and buyers must prove they're 17 or older to buy it without a prescription. Tuesday's decision by the Food and Drug Administration lowers the age limit and will allow the pill to sit on drugstore shelves next to spermicides or other women's health products and condoms -- but anyone who wants to buy it must prove their age at the cash register.

Some contraceptive advocates called the move promising.

"This decision is a step in the right direction for increased access to a product that is a safe and effective method of preventing unintended pregnancies," said Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. "It's also a decision that moves us closer to these critical availability decisions being based on science, not politics."

But earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman of New York blasted the Obama administration for imposing the age-17 limit, saying it had let election-year politics trump science and was making it hard for women of any age to obtain the emergency contraception in time. He ordered an end to the age restrictions by Monday.

The women's group that sued over the age limits said Tuesday's action is not enough, and it will continue the court fight.

Lowering the age limit "may reduce delays for some young women but it does nothing to address the significant barriers that far too many women of all ages will still find if they arrive at the drugstore without identification," said Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The FDA said the Plan B One-Step will be packaged with a product code that prompts the cashier to verify a customer's age. Anyone who can't provide such proof as a driver's license, birth certificate or passport wouldn't be allowed to complete the purchase.

"These are daunting and sometimes insurmountable hoops women are forced to jump through in time-sensitive circumstances, and we will continue our battle in court to remove these arbitrary restrictions on emergency contraception for all women," Northup said.

Half the nation's pregnancies every year are unintended, and doctors' groups say more access to morning-after pills could cut those numbers. The pills contain higher doses of regular contraceptives, and if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, can cut the chances of pregnancy by up to 89 percent.

The FDA had been poised to lift all age limits and let Plan B sell over-the-counter in late 2011, when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in an unprecedented move, overruled her own scientists. Sebelius said some girls as young as 11 are physically capable of bearing children, but shouldn't be able to buy the pregnancy-preventing pill on their own.

President Barack Obama supported Sebelius' move and a spokesman said earlier this month that the president's position hadn't changed.

The FDA said Tuesday's decision was independent of the court case. Instead, after the Obama administration's 2011 action, Plan B maker Teva Women's Health had filed a new application with the age-15 compromise.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/30/fda-morning-after-pill-to-move-over-counter/#ixzz2S0DOhJqg

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  • 12hellokitty
    May 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM

     


    Quoting Woodbabe:


    Quoting 12hellokitty:

     

     

    Quoting Woodbabe:

    How is a 15 year old going to prove her age?

    I'm sad that this is needed, but I fully support it. The law clearly says once a child is sexually active they have to right to any and all medical care pertaining to their sexual/reproductive health without parental consent.

    Anything that helps prevent teen pregnancy is good in my book, this can reduce the need for abortions hopefully. And at $50 a pop, its not like its going to be used as regular birth control.

     

     So when are we going to lower the age of consent laws to reflect childrens rights? 

    I'm sure when WHO gets the idea...

    People who think children are able capable of giving consent for their sexual/reproductive health.  

  • Woodbabe
    May 2, 2013 at 10:49 AM


    Quoting 12hellokitty:



    Quoting Woodbabe:


    Quoting 12hellokitty:



    Quoting Woodbabe:

    How is a 15 year old going to prove her age?

    I'm sad that this is needed, but I fully support it. The law clearly says once a child is sexually active they have to right to any and all medical care pertaining to their sexual/reproductive health without parental consent.

    Anything that helps prevent teen pregnancy is good in my book, this can reduce the need for abortions hopefully. And at $50 a pop, its not like its going to be used as regular birth control.


     So when are we going to lower the age of consent laws to reflect childrens rights? 

    I'm sure when WHO gets the idea...

    People who think children are able capable of giving consent for their sexual/reproductive health.  

    World Health Organization = WHO

    They are the ones who say human beings have the right over their individual sexuality.

    Here's a couple of examples:

    http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/news/2012/20120521_reproductive_health_matters/en/

    Improving young people’s access to sexual health information and services is critical. Young people represent an increasing proportion of the world population and without information and services, are at high risk of sexual and reproductive health-related morbidity and mortality. Improving young people’s access to information and to sexual and reproductive health is called for in a range of international conventions and initiatives including:

    • Millennium Development Goal 3 (2000): promoting gender equality and empowering women;
    • Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989): giving children a say in what should happen to them and protection from harm;
    • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979): eliminating discrimination against women in matters relating to marriage and family relations;
    • ICPD Programme of Action (1994): protect and promote the rights of adolescents to reproductive health education, information and care; greatly reduce the number of adolescent pregnancies; support education and counselling of adolescents on gender relations and equality, violence, responsible sexual behaviour and family planning, family life, and STI/HIV prevention.
    • Commission on Population and Development (45th session, 2012): resolution calling for full recognition of young people’s human rights, including gender equality and the highest standards of sexual and reproductive health.

    http://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/gender_rights/sexual_health/en/

    Sexual rights

    Sexual rights embrace human rights that are already recognized in national laws, international human rights documents and other consensus statements. They include the right of all persons, free of coercion, discrimination and violence, to:

    • the highest attainable standard of sexual health, including access to sexual and reproductive health care services;
    • seek, receive and impart information related to sexuality;
    • sexuality education;
    • respect for bodily integrity;
    • choose their partner;
    • decide to be sexually active or not;
    • consensual sexual relations;
    • consensual marriage;
    • decide whether or not, and when, to have children; and
    • pursue a satisfying, safe and pleasurable sexual life.

    The responsible exercise of human rights requires that all persons respect the rights of others.

  • x_Starr_x
    May 2, 2013 at 10:54 AM
    No happy about it for many reasons 1 cause what if a child takes it and has a nasty reaction kids should and are not mature enough to make medical decisions or have sex. My plan with my daughter is to have her get the implanton just in case.