For a mere $20 to $35 dollars, a young teen or an adult who plans to violate a young teen willingly or not is going to be able to make one embarrassing and inconvenient consequence of the encounter less likely to appear. Generic abortion drugs, to be taken within 72 hours after sex, are here.
If anyone doesn’t understand my headline for this post, I’m merely using President’s Obama’s rhetoric from when he was running in 2008:
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.
The Food and Drug Administration has decided to allow generic versions of the most popular form of emergency contraceptive pills to be sold over the counter, without age restrictions, after all.
In something of a compromise, the FDA now says the generic versions of the product must still say on their labels that they are intended for “women 17 years of age or older,” but they may be sold directly from retail shelves without a requirement to produce proof of age.
Women’s health groups were generally pleased with the action. “This is a significant leap forward in obtaining full, over-the-counter status for emergency contraception and we commend the FDA for this decision,” said Jessica Arons, president and CEO of the . “Everyone deserves a second chance to get it right, including the FDA.”
Of course, if they can be bought over the counter, then any public school guidance counselor or teacher can make sure she has them on hand in case a student comes in to him or her all panicked about the latest incident of exploitation. Parents never need to know. Any guy can start carrying them around to make sure he has no child support issues to deal with.
Yes, I know that the school is not allowed to give a child an over-the-counter painkiller without parental permission. But the same cultural forces that made this pill get rushed into availability are also going to work in other areas.
This will also make covering up abusive foster care situations much easier. It would be great if we could record the jobs of buyers and find out if prison guards purchase inordinate amounts.
In a world where people are not permitted to buy Sudafed, we have now refused to regulate a much more dangerous pill. Am I “for regulation”? No, I’m against the pill because I think it is murderous. I just make the point to show the inconsistency on the part of the FDA. They really are passionate about getting rid of babies.
The only strategy I can see, unless we can actually outlaw these pills, is to try to keep our many children away from people who might seduce them and get them to use the pills. I hate it, but if the new pagans of America want to kill off their own offspring then so be it.
Conservatives should happily pro-create and inherit the earth.