Over-the-Counter Plan B Sparks Medica...

Over-the-Counter Plan B Sparks Medical Conversation

There are 35 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Apr 6, 2013, titled Over-the-Counter Plan B Sparks Medical Conversation. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

This week, a federal judge ruled the Morning-After Pill, also known as Plan B, could be available to anyone - even teenagers - no questions asked.

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Anonymous

Chantilly, VA

#21 Apr 9, 2013
Child of a teen mom wrote:
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Really? What generation are you talking about? I am the adult child of a teen mom and dad. My parents are currently 70 and 68. My husbands mother and father eloped because she was pregnant. She had a miscarriage of that pregnancy. They are now 77 and 76. Teen pregnancy has been around as long as people have roamed the earth. What I don't understand from people like you is why you think teenagers who do have sex should have to have an unwanted pregnancy. This is birth control, not abortion. It's preventing unwanted pregnancy. It's also far safer to use Plan B than to become pregnant.
There's no point trying to talk sense into some of these people. I truly believe that there are some who would gladly make women walk around with tablecloths over their heads and they'd be absolutely comfortable with "honor" killings if they had the choice. It's sad but neanderthals still exist.
Sure

Charlottesville, VA

#22 Apr 9, 2013
I bought stock and plan to earn baby earn!
Child of a teen mom

Charlottesville, VA

#23 Apr 9, 2013
Liberalace wrote:
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Honey, what do you mean by "reproductive rights"? This drug stops a possible fertilzation, it doesn't do anything for reproduction except stop it. You're confusing your terms...this drug is for the rights of children to have sex and then get a powerful drug to pop in them so they don't have to deal with the consequences of their actions. Hey, but it makes it easier for all, doesn't it?
Glad to hear your cynical views of teenagers, sweetheart. You just cement my point that we are treating them--from the time they are 10 or 11--like animals who cannot control anything. Well, raise and treat them like animals and they will act that way.
And, baby, maybe you read too much "Women: Our Bodies, Ourselves" whilst you were burning your bra. You should have read Strunk's "Elements of Style" and played Scrabble instead of playing hide the anonymous salami in the back seat of numerous American Motors cheap cars. It's side "effects"; not side "affects," hot thing.
R.I.P.: The Great Lady Margaret Thacher
So you view pregnancy as an appropriate "punishment" for teen sex? What about the baby? Why should a baby be conceived as a form of punishment? For the record, I'm also a parent of 3. I do not treat my own children like animals who can't control themselves and I've yet to meet a parent who does. I expect them to take responsibility for their actions and taking steps to prevent an unwanted pregnancy is a responsible decision.
Liberalace

Collinsville, VA

#24 Apr 9, 2013
Liberalace wrote:
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Honey, what do you mean by "reproductive rights"? This drug stops a possible fertilzation, it doesn't do anything for reproduction except stop it. You're confusing your terms...this drug is for the rights of children to have sex and then get a powerful drug to pop in them so they don't have to deal with the consequences of their actions. Hey, but it makes it easier for all, doesn't it?
Glad to hear your cynical views of teenagers, sweetheart. You just cement my point that we are treating them--from the time they are 10 or 11--like animals who cannot control anything. Well, raise and treat them like animals and they will act that way.
And, baby, maybe you read too much "Women: Our Bodies, Ourselves" whilst you were burning your bra. You should have read Strunk's "Elements of Style" and played Scrabble instead of playing hide the anonymous salami in the back seat of numerous American Motors cheap cars. It's side "effects"; not side "affects," hot thing.
R.I.P.: The Great Lady Margaret Thacher
Sorry, chaps, I had a spot of "t" and dropped it...should be Maggie Thatcher.

R.I.P.: Thatcher Longstreth
Frank

Charlottesville, VA

#25 Apr 9, 2013
Teenagers can get this pill otc but need a parents permit to take tylenol in school. We are certainly upside down.
Liberalace

Collinsville, VA

#26 Apr 9, 2013
Child of a teen mom wrote:
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So you view pregnancy as an appropriate "punishment" for teen sex? What about the baby? Why should a baby be conceived as a form of punishment? For the record, I'm also a parent of 3. I do not treat my own children like animals who can't control themselves and I've yet to meet a parent who does. I expect them to take responsibility for their actions and taking steps to prevent an unwanted pregnancy is a responsible decision.
Gee, I never said it was a "punishment." That was Obama's line; remember when he slipped up without a Teleprompter and said he would never want his teenage daughter to suffer through an unwanted pregnancy?

What it is is accountability. Those so-called "reproductive" rights include a sperm that had to be matched with the egg to make one pregnant. Since we call the 16 year old a "young woman," maybe the young man might want to have a say. Is that Neanderthal? Is it Neanderthal to expect the parents of the girl to be involved in this situation beyond handing out condoms to their 15 year old son and also explaining this new wonder drug to their assumed-to-be-shagging daughter? Maybe animals is a bit strong, but the "cannot control themselves" clause is certainly apropos. You said it yourself in your last sentence: the responsible action is not avoiding the act altogether. It's heading to an out-of-town WalMart to buy some med that will absolve the action. They cannot control themselves, so let's make it easy for them.

A responsible decision for a teenage girl is to go to her parents and talk about what happened. If the couple has conceived, then deal with that.

What your post illustrates is the Brave New World disconnect we have in logic in this country: there is less and less connection between having sex and getting pregnant. When there was less and less connection between government handouts and accountability for those handouts, what happened? More people taking handouts. What do we think will happen with teenage sex?

We need a good, mutated STD to arrest this problem!

R.I.P.: Charlton Heston
County Resident

Raleigh, NC

#27 Apr 9, 2013
I give up wrote:
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Zip up their fly or close their legs.
I don't have a million dollars, so I'm not going to spend $500k on handbags and dining out. Too bad, so sad. That's life.
Somehow, my generation managed to keep our legs closed.
Hahahaha! I don't know where you got the idea that "our generation" kept our legs closed. There have always been children outside of marriage since time began. "Our generation" just never talked about it even though it was happening. So your solution is to just say no, like that's going to work. After all, it worked so well with the Drug War.
Child of a teen mom

Charlottesville, VA

#28 Apr 9, 2013
Liberalace wrote:
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Gee, I never said it was a "punishment." That was Obama's line; remember when he slipped up without a Teleprompter and said he would never want his teenage daughter to suffer through an unwanted pregnancy?
What it is is accountability. Those so-called "reproductive" rights include a sperm that had to be matched with the egg to make one pregnant. Since we call the 16 year old a "young woman," maybe the young man might want to have a say. Is that Neanderthal? Is it Neanderthal to expect the parents of the girl to be involved in this situation beyond handing out condoms to their 15 year old son and also explaining this new wonder drug to their assumed-to-be-shagging daughter? Maybe animals is a bit strong, but the "cannot control themselves" clause is certainly apropos. You said it yourself in your last sentence: the responsible action is not avoiding the act altogether. It's heading to an out-of-town WalMart to buy some med that will absolve the action. They cannot control themselves, so let's make it easy for them.
A responsible decision for a teenage girl is to go to her parents and talk about what happened. If the couple has conceived, then deal with that.
What your post illustrates is the Brave New World disconnect we have in logic in this country: there is less and less connection between having sex and getting pregnant. When there was less and less connection between government handouts and accountability for those handouts, what happened? More people taking handouts. What do we think will happen with teenage sex?
We need a good, mutated STD to arrest this problem!
R.I.P.: Charlton Heston
If they are allowed access to birth control nothing is conceived. You seem to think birth control in general is wrong. I'm pretty sure most of us have had sex for reasons other than getting pregnant. I'm 48 years old and have been pregnant 3 times. I've definitely had sex more than 3 times. The responsible use of birth control is the reason I have the 3 children my husband and I planned to have. I do not think its ok for teenagers to have sex but I'm not stupid enough to believe that it doesn't happen. I don't think having an unwanted pregnancy is something they must endure for not "controlling" themselves as you keep putting it. I also don't think they should be shamed or humiliated for choosing to use birth control if they do have sex. It's the adults in their lives and our community that think shame and humiliation are the appropriate response to properly educating and raising teenager who are the bigger problem. My kids are lucky to have a parent they can talk to openly about sex, love, and responsibility without the fear of being belittled or punished. My middle child's best friend spoke to her parents about seeing her doctor for birth control when she was in college and had been in a committed relationship for 2 years. They told her they would no longer support her or acknowledge her existence if she did. I have no doubt they meant it too.
Thinking Free

Charlottesville, VA

#29 Apr 9, 2013
Frank wrote:
Teenagers can get this pill otc but need a parents permit to take tylenol in school. We are certainly upside down.
That would be in the bucket labeled "a country created by geniuses but run by liberal idiots"!
Frances

Charlottesville, VA

#30 Apr 10, 2013
I find it interesting that the same people who oppose abortion also oppose birth control.
Sterkfontein Swartkrans

Richmond, IN

#31 Apr 11, 2013
I can see the ads for plan b now--"No fetus can beat us!"

You busybodies need to mind your own business!
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#32 Apr 11, 2013
I give up wrote:
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Somehow, my generation managed to keep our legs closed.
and your minds
Dude

Culpeper, VA

#33 Apr 11, 2013
Frances wrote:
I find it interesting that the same people who oppose abortion also oppose birth control.
They also oppose welfare, and future "free range democrats."
Dude

Culpeper, VA

#34 Apr 11, 2013
I give up wrote:
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Zip up their fly or close their legs.
I don't have a million dollars, so I'm not going to spend $500k on handbags and dining out. Too bad, so sad. That's life.
Somehow, my generation managed to keep our legs closed.
Did you live on black and white TV? The term "shotgun wedding" just came into existence for no reason. Seriously, what kind of fantasy generation was that? Just about every oldest kid of my generation was a preemie, which causes a LOT of unwanted marriages.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#35 Apr 11, 2013
I give up wrote:
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Zip up their fly or close their legs.
I don't have a million dollars, so I'm not going to spend $500k on handbags and dining out. Too bad, so sad. That's life.
Somehow, my generation managed to keep our legs closed.
No generation ever kept their zippers up. In fact the generations before us bred at a substantially higher rate than now. You too live in very small world. Read a book.

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