PLAN B CONTROVERSY: Changes Get Parents Talking
The age limit for the morning after pill, or Plan B, was lowered from 18 to 17 in 2009, but last month things started to shift in the debate.
On April 5, 2013 a judge ruled the age limit for the contraceptive should be removed within 30 days.
In a separate move, the FDA announced Wednesday, they were lowering the age limit to 15 years old.
The next day, The Justice Department say its appealing the judge’s decision to remove the age limit, that would have gone into effect May 5, 2013.
A woman used to have to be at least 17 before she could take the morning after pill, or Plan B without a prescription.
This past week, the Food and Drug administration lowered the age to 15.
Mother Becky Curtis of Des Moines says it’s only a good first step.
“I don`t think there should be an age limit, I think it should be for emergency situations, but I mean you never know when it`s going to be needed,” says Curtis.
However, mother Lori Harvey of Boone says she wants the age to be 18, and thinks anything lower than that, takes away her right as a parent.
“I read that they had reduced it to the age of 15 and after doing a little bit of research, this isn`t a good thing, because it undermines a parents authority to know what`s going on with their child medically,” says Harvey.
Harvey worries parents are not taking the time to talk to their children about sex, and is concerned young teens won’t take the time to make an educated decision on their own.
“Is a teenage girl who is thinking, I’m going to get pregnant because I had unprotected sex, really going to take the time to read it and really consider what she`s doing to herself,” says Harvey.
But Curtis says times have changed and providing the Plan B pill could help lower teen pregnancy rates.
She believes more education is needed across the board.
“I think there needs to be more communication, because I think that is the problem, it`s misunderstood the way the pill works,” says Curtis.
Plan B is only available at stores that have a pharmacy.
Those 15 and older will be required to show an ID proving their age before the pill is sold.