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The Plan B contretemps reveal an appalling lack of common — and moral and legal — sense.
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• There would be nothing to prohibit a boy or a man from buying an emergency contraceptive off the shelf and giving it to a girl. In fact, the boy or man may buy it ahead of time since the label for Plan B states that its effectiveness increases the closer in time it is used after the act of intercourse.
• Although Plan B was approved by FDA as effective, and has been approved for use by girls under 17 by prescription because it is effective, the label for Plan B describes precisely how ineffective it is: It will fail in 1 out of 8 cases. Girls reading the label’s description of the failure rate, as well as the portion of the label that says there is no problem from overdosing, may well be tempted to think that a double dose will be more effective. In any case, the label concedes that one girl in eight will need a Plan C.
• While emergency contraception is not supposed to be used as a routine contraception (which requires a prescription), there would be no legal obstacle to doing so. And, if it is true that the side effects may only be menstrual bleeding, menstrual cramps, headache, vomiting, and nausea, then a girl might use it with some frequency.
• A November 2011 report by the Census Bureau stated that 15.75 million children are living in poverty. How would a poor girl come up with $50 to purchase emergency contraception in a drugstore? Maybe the girl would obtain it free or at a discount from Planned Parenthood, a school nurse, a camp counselor. There may be no obstacle to Planned Parenthood, school nurses, camp counselors, and others from stocking up on the drug and providing it to minors — without parental knowledge much less consent.
• Finally, there is the effect of an FDA rule on the prerogative of the states. Our states define incest, rape, statutory rape, sexual abuse, and child abuse and neglect, and the states mandate that certain categories of people must report evidence of these offenses to the authorities. State law also defines the responsibilities of parents. Federal agencies that would affect state prerogatives such as these ought to, at a minimum, explicitly consider and discuss them. Every federal agency should appoint an advisory committee consisting of representatives of state government to ensure that this occurs.
President Obama stated that the FDA rule as adopted by Hamburg did not satisfy the test of common sense. Implicitly he stated that his FDA Administrator lacked common sense. Should he retain an official in his Administration who lacks common sense?
It is bad enough for our federal government to facilitate child sex. But it is even worse that this occurs in an environment where, as noted, so many of our girls are living without fathers who could help protect them from men and boys. And an equal number of boys are living without fathers who could model for them, and instruct them on, how to treat girls.
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