Better East Texas: Morning after pill

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - The Food and Drug Administration has modified the availability policy for women to obtain the controversial "morning-after pill".

This is the single dose pill that, if taken twenty-four to seventy-two hours after unprotected sex, can prevent an unwanted pregnancy.  Current law states that the pill is available to anyone age seventeen and older with proper I-D.  Now the F-D-A has moved to lower the availability age down to age fifteen.  So even younger girls-women will be able to purchase the emergency contraception.

I don't agree with the availability of the drug to begin with but it is out there so now the fight is over what it takes to get the pill and what age you can get it.  Believe it or not, some groups want the age restriction lifted altogether citing the ability to conceive at an  age younger than fifteen and that the requirement to present an I-D slows the process and ultimately will lead to more unwanted pregnancies.

So, there is a court battle that may indeed lift the age restriction all together.  Just to have it all straight, a fifteen year old or younger girl will be able to buy the emergency contraception at a drug store near you but that same girl's parents have to provide written permission for her school nurse to give her Tylenol or any other common over the counter drug.  Seems like things are a little reversed here.

We need more restrictions on these types of drugs not less and making them easier to get will harm these young ignorant lives.

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