New Poll on Morning After Pill Shows Americans Support Common Sense Restrictions
Americans are in favor of common sense restrictions on the morning after pill, found an NPR poll, which only reinforces the undercover video work Students for Life of America released last month, showing a minor girl being able to purchase Plan B and not Sudafed as well as revealing how simple it is for an adult male, who is having relations with a minor, to cover up his crime by buying the drug. Pharmacists and store clerks alike sold the minor Plan B regardless of the circumstance that was made clear when she was purchasing the drug: she admitted that she was going to take two doses to make sure it worked, she admitted to using it monthly as birth control, and even when she was with an adult male who it was made clear was committing statutory rape she was sold the drug.
The morning after pill is a megadose of the birth-control pill, which has been categorized by the World Health Organization as a Group I carcinogen, the highest possible ranking. It is dangerous to young women and there are serious health risks involved in taking the morning after pill, some of which are more serious if the woman’s family has health history for certain indicators like blood clots. Most minors are not going to know their health history and in a study by the Women’s Capitol Corporation, it was found that 27.7% of the participants took the drug incorrectly after reading the package directions. There is an enormous need for more parental and doctor involvement and oversight in each state on how drugs like Plan B are dispensed and a pharmacist’s roll in being a mandated reporter if they see abuse. Right now the only way change will happen is if parents rise up in protest and states enact legislation, like the model legislation Students for Life has authored, to give parents more protections over their children and pharmacists the freedom to report abuse and refuse the sale of the drug without fearing the loss of their job.