There Should Always Be a Plan B (by Guest Blogger Teddie Garland)

946349_4941325418415_225003573_nJust recently, access to the morning after pill, or more formally known as “Plan B”, by high school students of all ages became readily available in several high schools across the country. “Last month, the Obama administration seemingly changed the landscape of access to emergency contraception across the country when, in a reversal, it agreed to allow the best-known pill, Plan B One-Step, to become available to all ages without a prescription. Until recently, only those 17 and older could buy it over the counter.”

As one would expect, this decision has brought about a substantial amount of controversy amongst parents and adults within these communities who have made this shift. I happen to lie on the “pro” side of this decision, in full support of this movement. Whether we want to believe, accept, or acknowledge it, the reality is that youth are becoming more and more sexually active at increasingly younger ages in today’s society, especially in urban school settings. While it is important we work toward improving and strengthening sex education, we’ve got to provide the necessary help and protection while we are in the process of implementing preventative measures.

I pose this question to you, readers:

What do you think? Is it wrong to give girls of all ages access to the Plan B pill? Do you believe it will increase the prevalence of partaking in sexual activity and behaviors?


6 thoughts on “There Should Always Be a Plan B (by Guest Blogger Teddie Garland)

  1. I agree with the “Plan B” pill but I don’t agree with the most recent law that Obama passed, since I feel I young girl who is 12 years old is not mentally capable of knowing what ‘having sex’ is about or what it should feel like. I believe in Sex-education and in taking the necessary steps to education all our children but I don’t believe in encouraging them to at-risk behaviors at a very young age.
    Perhaps educating parents and focusing on how to talk to kids of all ages about sex-education can be another form of being safe and not having children be sexually active at a very young age.

  2. I am also on the “pro” side in that while we are in a society where our youth has increasingly become sexually active at younger and younger ages, the “Plan B” pill lets them avoid unwanted pregnancies and the trauma they face when getting an abortion. While abortion in itself is a controversial subject, the “Plan B” pill cuts the chances of pregnancy up to 89%, according to this article summarizing this law’s recent implementation:

    While some may be concerned of introducing such a pill will encourage young people to become sexually active when they probably wouldn’t have otherwise if this pill wasn’t allowed OTC, its benefits seemingly would outweigh the risks of unwanted pregnancies from rape, failure of condom use, etc.

  3. Sex Happens. Whether or not you agree with it personally, trying to shield children from sex isn’t going to work. Creating this social taboo around it, if anything makes it more alluring. It’s like alcohol or illegal drugs. Forbidding something draws youth in… it draws people of all ages in.

    Preparing kids for sex isn’t comfortable. It isn’t a conversation you want to have with a 12 year old, unfortunately, sex at this age is happening though. Rather than shaming kids about sex, inform them.

    Making Plan B available to those under 17 may not be comfortable, it may not be what you believe in… but the truth is, kids are having sex.

    Honestly, the first problem that should be tackled is sex education. Then maybe, they won’t need Plan B. I mean, the name itself says that it isn’t the first option. Advocate for birth control first. After you educate kids properly about sex.

  4. I have a really hard time with this topic because as much as I feel that everyone should be able to have access to this pill in case of emergency, it worries me that young girls will just start resorting to this on a regular basis and not realize that there may be health risks to over consuming such medication. I think at age 17 girls may be a little more mature and know more about sex education than a girl at even age 15, therefore girls 17 and over would probably be more pre cautious with the pill and acknowledge that it really is in only an emergency contraceptive. Also allowing girls of any age access to the pill makes me concerned that we are lacking in education people on sex education.

    • You make a great point in that introducing the pill to a young population of 15 and younger is a bit reflective of our lack of effective sex education. I think the parent should be the primary person for informing their kids of the risks involved while also gently yet firmly advocating for delayed sexual activity if at all possible. But it can get confusing of when parents should do so. As long as parents are open about it though and honest, then I feel like kids will be more encouraged to ask their parent questions instead of finding out through their own experimentation. And in the parents’ efforts in advocating for delayed sexual activity, they can also play into how the “Plan B” is for emergencies only and thus should be avoided if possible.

  5. This actually reminds me of a little debate between Wendy Wright (the ex president of concerned women for america) and Cecile Richards about Plan B, and Wright is essentially talking about how Plan B is an abortion pill and Cecile was saying how its benefit to all women everywhere that they have access to preventive or emergency birth control.

    Maybe some 17 year olds should talk to their parents about needing Plan B. But, all I think about is that teenage girl who can’t talk to her parents and is SO freaked out about what she’ll do if she’s pregnant, and now she has this option. It’s phenomenal, I know I would have appreciated the option in high school, and ill support it.

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