Sudafed is an over-the-counter drug used as a nasal decongestant among other things. It contains pseudoephedrine, which can be used in the manufacturing of meth. So, because of that small percentage of Sudafed buyers who purchase it for that very purpose, it has become a restricted over-the-counter drug. You have to be at least 18 to buy it, and there are heavy restrictions on how much you can buy at a time. Also, your identity is recorded by the pharmacist.
But if it’s possible that a woman or girl might get pregnant because of what she decided to do the night before, there should be absolutely no restrictions on who buys the morning-after pill. When it comes to the prospects of a having a baby, the girl should have full and immediate access to whatever she needs to prevent that baby from being formed. And that goes for girls of all ages. We don’t want these poor girls being “punished with a baby.” Isn’t that what Obama said while campaigning in 2008:
“When it comes specifically to HIV/AIDS, the most important prevention is education, which should include abstinence education and teaching children that sex is not something casual. But it should also include other, you know, information about contraception, because, look, I’ve got two daughters, 9 years old and 6 years old. I’m going to teach them first of all about values and morals. But if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16. So, it doesn’t make sense to not give them information.”
Now, the Obama administration is in favor of allowing the morning after pill to be sold over-the-counter and unrestricted with regards to the purchasers’ age:
“After setting off a storm of criticism from abortion rights groups upset that a Democratic president had sided with social conservatives, the Obama administration said it will comply with a judge’s order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions.”
Either of Obama’s daughters (one just turned 12, and the other is about 14) could go into a drug store and buy the morning after pill if she “made a mistake.”
But what effect is this going to have on child molesters and rapists? Remember that case recently of a 31-year-old man who raped a 12-year-old girl, took her to a Planned Parenthood facility and forced her to get an abortion? He told her to lie to the Planned Parenthood employees and say that her 14-year-old boyfriend was the father. She complied, but she couldn’t keep it a secret for long. She ended up telling authorities 6 weeks later, and her rapist is now serving a short jail sentence.
This will cater not only to sexual promiscuity, but it will provide protection for child molesters and rapists.