AH, yes, paternalism.
America’s Father, Barack Obama, finally deciding to fight hard, but it’s to keep a perfectly safe medical product away from young teen girls. He thinks it will keep them from having sex or if they do it will force them to go to a parent or guardian if they get into trouble.
The ignorance of our leaders is second only to their stupefying naÃ¯vetÃ©; if only it wasn’t so dangerously counterproductive. In the 21st century science is now irrelevant.
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is acting as Obama’s shield, which is representative of the politics of Kansas, where she’s from, not the science of the American medical community. It’s the same logic that brought us Obamacare instead of universal single payer health care.
Keeping Plan B, the morning-after pill, away from young teenagers, because you don’t understand sexuality begins at puberty, whether adults like it or not, makes no sense. But this decision isn’t about sense or science. It’s pure naked politics, the worst of its kind.
The Obama administration said Wednesday that girls under 15 should not have access to the most common morning-after contraceptive pill as the Justice Department filed a notice to appeal a judge’s order that would make the drug available without a prescription for girls and women of all ages.
The appeal reaffirms an election-year decision by Mr. Obama’s administration to block the drug’s maker from selling it without consideration of age, and puts the White House back into the politically charged issue of access to emergency contraception.
Evidently the term emergency contraception blew right over President Obama’s head.
That he can’t relate to what this means to poor teen girls is unsurprising.
The statement from the FDA reveals what a nightmare this will be for young teens.
The product will now be labeled “not for sale to those under 15 years of age *proof of age required* not for sale where age cannot be verified.” Plan B One-Step will be packaged with a product code prompting a cashier to request and verify the customer’s age. A customer who cannot provide age verification will not be able to purchase the product. In addition, Teva has arranged to have a security tag placed on all product cartons to prevent theft.
In addition, Teva will make the product available in retail outlets with an onsite pharmacy, where it generally, will be available in the family planning or female health aisles. The product will be available for sale during the retailer’s normal operating hours whether the pharmacy is open or not.
There is no reason, but disrespect and fundamental misunderstanding of what it’s like to be a young teen at puberty, to keep Plan B from being made widely available without having to identify yourself and your age. What this means for teen girls 15 and 16 or those who don’t have an ID is obvious.
…it still requires a prescription for a subset of the population potentially in need of EC, and therefore creates a significant barrier, especially for low-income teens under 15 years of age or those without ID who “look” younger and are denied access. Emergency contraception is for emergencies. It prevents unintended pregnancy by preventing ovulation, and is therefore most effective when taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse (including in cases when another contraceptive method may have failed). The need to see a physician to obtain a prescription that the public health and medical communities have deemed unnecessary is both time-consuming and expensive, and will entail additional indirect costs in terms of loss of time at school and work, likely on the part of both teens and their parents….
Teen girls having sex scares our political culture, which is paying no attention at all to the medical community, while being led around by religious conservatives who are putting young girls in danger. Since Plan B has been judged safe at any age and thus should be made available over the counter then politicians should trust the people who know the science.
Neither Obama of Sebelius are serving teen girls by keeping a product out of their reach that could keep them from ruining their lives. Sloppy impulse control is a hallmark of many teens and making sure they have a medically safe and approved way out when they screw up is the job of Secretary Kathleen Sebelius who has failed young teens yet again.
President Obama is the reason mini-Stupaks spread like wild fire after ACA passed, putting women in danger in state after state, which happened after he coddled the right by codifying the Hyde Amendment into health care law, and he’s doing it again with this action.