Leslie Carol Botha: The politics of reproductive health hides the real issue. Why would the morning-after pill be made available without prescription of girls age 16 and younger? Especially if what HHH Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is saying is true? Has emergency contraception been tested for safety in this age group?
I am not a proponent of any synthetic hormone use at menarche – the time of first menstruation. Synthetic hormones are endocrine disruptors.
What kind of message are we sending to these girls? You can have sex without birth control?
What kind of message are we sending to boys and perps. You can have sex/rape a girl without fear of getting her pregnant? Just carry the morning-after pill with you?
Judge Strikes Down Age Limits on Morning-After Pill
New York Times
by PAM BELLUCK
April 5, 2013
A federal judge on Friday ordered that the most common morning-after pill be made available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and younger. But his acidly worded decision raises a broader question about whether a cabinet secretary can decide on a drug’s availability for reasons other than its safety and effectiveness.
In his ruling, Judge Edward R. Korman of the Eastern District of New York accused the Obama administration of putting politics ahead of science. He concluded that the administration had not made its decisions based on scientific guidelines, and that its refusal to lift restrictions on access to the pill, Plan B One-Step, was “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.”
He said that when the Health and Human Services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, countermanded a move by the Food and Drug Administration in 2011 to make the pill, which helps prevent pregnancy after sexual intercourse, universally available, “the secretary’s action was politically motivated, scientifically unjustified, and contrary to agency precedent.”
Ms. Sebelius said at the time that she was basing her decision on science because she said the manufacturer had failed to study whether the drug was safe for girls as young as 11, about 10 percent of whom are physically able to bear children. But her decision was widely interpreted as political because emergency contraception had become an issue in the abortion debate and allowing freer access for adolescents would prompt critics to accuse the president of supporting sexual activity for girls of that age.