Plan B changes spark local controversy
Thu, 02 May 2013 02:06:39 GMT —
It's one pill that's creating one big controversy: Plan B One-Step is a drug that contains a high dosage of contraceptives. It's manufacturer says if a woman takes the pill within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it can reduce the chance of pregnancy by nearly 90% by preventing the fertilization of an egg.
"There is absolutely no relationship between emergency contraception and the pill that is used to actually terminate a pregnancy," said Leslie Kantor of Planned Parenthood.
A new FDA ruling has lowered the minimum age for girls purchasing Plan B One-Step without a prescription from 17 years old to 15 years old. The ruling will require teens to show an ID. The FDA also ruled that the medication will no longer need a pharmacist's consultation, putting it on store shelves next to condoms, spermicides, and over-the-counter drugs.
Some Northwest Ohio residents aren't happy with the new decision. "I don't think they're mature enough to make that decision. I think they're just not thinking," said Josh Treece.
Raymond Lopez says he believes a drug as powerful as Plan B should have stricter regulations. "Just a 16 year old who really doesn't know what the pill is and what's actually in the pill," said Lopez. "I think it should be dispensed by a physician. I feel only a physician should dispense this."
Supporters of easier access to the morning-after pill say teens are going to have sex either way and that looser Plan B restrictions will prevent unintended and unwanted pregnancies.
"I think there are far too many teenagers who are having babies who are not ready. Teen pregnancy is a cycle and I think it's a really good idea for teenagers to have that option and not have to ask their parents," said Jessica Preble. "With all the music and the TV shows that encourage that kind of thing, of course it's going to happen. So the more we can prevent that, the better."
The age limit could be lifted completely by next week. A federal district judge recently ruled all age restrictions on Plan B were unjustified. Unless there is a last minute appeal, that ruling will stand.
What do you think about the new ruling on Plan B availability? Should there be an age restriction or requirement to consult a physician or pharmacist?