Just 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?