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Should “Morning-After” Pills Like Plan B Be Available To Women Of Any Age?

Submitted by on April 8, 2013 – 11:06 amNo Comment

Are you pro-life or pro-choice? Regardless of where you stand, you still might be a bit torn over a ruling that was made by a federal judge late last week. On Friday, District Judge Edward Korman overruled a previous order passed down by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and said that emergency “morning-after” pills like Plan B should be made available to any female of reproductive age who wants to buy them. In the past, anyone who was under the age of 17 needed to have a parent’s permission in order to buy the pill. But now, those pills can be purchased by any female over-the-counter. It was seen as a huge win for reproductive-rights groups—and a loss by those who are against terminating the life of a fetus.

Amongst those who didn’t want to see this new ruling passed? President Barack Obama. He sought to keep the age-restriction for buying the “morning-after” pill in place and even used his own daughters as examples for why parents should be involved in the decision to use the pills if a young girl becomes pregnant. However, his opinion on the matter was ultimately overridden by Judge Korman, who called the age restrictions in place “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.”

But, the debate over this issue is obviously not over. Those in favor of the age restriction believe that, by making the “morning-after” pill readily available, things like date rape could become more common-place. Those against it feel as though it limits a woman’s decision to make a quick call as to whether or not she is ready to have a baby. And then, there are a whole lot of people out there—myself included—who don’t quite know what to think. There are good points made by both sides, but this particular issue has become so politicized that you basically have to choose either “pro-life” or “pro-choice” and stick with it. There’s very little room for debate or, better yet, conversation over what is best for all the women who live in the U.S.

Where do you stand on the issue? Do you think Judge Korman just made a huge mistake by dropping the age requirement that used to come along with “morning-after” pills like Plan B? Or, do you think that it’s a good idea for “morning-after” pills to be readily available to females of any age? Leave us a comment below and let us know. One thing I do know is that there’s no right or wrong answer to this one—just a whole lot of answers that, unfortunately, have turned this into a lose/lose situation for everyone.

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