Today a federal judge ruled that children should be able to walk into any pharmacy and get a drug that can kill her as easily as purchasing candy. Why is it that birth control requires a doctor’s visit but a mega dose of it doesn’t? In Bloomberg’s New York, a 13 year old can’t even get a big gulp drink and at school her parents have to give permission to administer a Tylenol pill, but she can buy a dangerous drug without first consulting with her parents or doctor. This is unbelievable!
Even President Obama has said in the past that his administration “could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old going to a drugstore should be able — alongside bubble gum or batteries — be able to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could have an adverse effect. And I think most parents would probably feel the same way.”
The morning after pill is a mega dose of the birth control pill, a drug that the World Health Organization ranks as a Group I carcinogen, the highest possible ranking – cigarettes are also in Group I. This is a cancer-causing drug that carries with it the risk of serious side effects such as cerebral hemorrhage, changes in eyesight, blood clots in the heart as well as intestines and lungs, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, and more. Using the morning after pill also triples the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Imagine the risks of allowing children to put such harmful chemicals and hormones into their bodies at such a young age.
The morning after pill – along with the regular pill, IUDs, and other birth control – is an abortion-inducing drug. It has also been proven that wide availability of this drug and even offering it for free does not lower abortion rates.
Not only that but offering it over the counter creates the perfect situation for rapists to cover up their crimes by forcing their young victims to purchase and take this drug. Is the pharmacist going to take the time to go over a young girl’s medical history or take a moment to consider the situation that brought her to the counter purchasing this deadly drug? Who is going to counsel girls to find out if they are being pressured by boys at school, sexually abused, or statutorily raped and get them help?
Who’s looking out for our young girls? If this order is allowed to go into effect, then we are offering up the health and safety of our girls wholesale to abuse and medical harm.