Alas, the FDA has approved over-the-counter sales of emergency contraceptive Plan B!! Woo-hoo!! While this is a HUGE victory for many women, those 17 years old and younger will still require a prescription for this perfectly safe medication (for ALL age groups).
Not surprisingly, the anti-choice folk have their panties in a bunch over this. And it’s not just that women will be able to purchase the medication. It’s also that men over age 18 can also access Plan B.
Opponent Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, said Plan B’s wider availability could give women a false sense of security, since it isn’t as effective as regular birth control. Wright also worries that adult men who have sex with minor girls could force the pills upon them. From the CWA press release:
“Any adult male who is having sex with a minor could walk into a pharmacy, buy the drug, and coax the girl into taking the pill…. The FDA’s irresponsible action today takes those rights out of a parent’s hands and gives them to ill-intentioned perpetrators.”
So, let me get this right, Wendy: you, as a concerned woman of America, are fearful that Plan B’s over-the-counter availability will enable male sex offenders to help their young female victims prevent a pregnancy by offering them Plan B? Or, by forcing the pills down their throat? Or, by crushing them up and hiding them in applesauce? I guess it’s important not to focus on men actually committing the crime in the first place. Because…?
Non-prescription sales will hopefully begin by the end of this year. Plan B will be available behind the counter only at pharmacies to help ensure that photo identifications are being checked. Maybe, as an additional feature, pharmacies could also announce to the entire store over their PA system that the woman in aisle 3 has had unprotected sex and is now purchasing Plan B. I mean, women, you have your Plan B – you want privacy too?! Blasphemy.
For more information on Plan B and today’s action, please see the FDA page.
Julie in Philly