EUGENE, Ore. — The FDA’s announcement Tuesday allow Plan B to be sold on the shelves next to other toiletries generated a heated response from both sides of the abortion issue.
“It eliminates a huge barrier of having to wait until a pharmacy is open to buy emergency contraception,” said Cynthia Pappas, Planned Parenthood CEO & President.
“I think about the 15-year-old girl who takes that pill and then when she’s 25 she learns what it really did to her body and she has to live with that,” said Lacey Kocian, 1st Way Volunteer.
Pro-life supporters say 15-year-olds aren’t mature enough to make the decision to use Plan B.
“A 15 year-old is not a woman yet, and she is not an adult, and so I don’t think that’s a decision she’s ready to make yet in her life,” Kocian said.
But pro-choice advocates say teens are old enough to understand their decision and teen pregnancy rates have actually gone down in the past six years.
“What we want to do at Planned Parenthood is make sure that they have information and understand how important it is to be empowered to control your own sexual health,” Pappas said.
After all, she says, Plan B is a better option than no options at all.
“In rural communities I think this is a huge benefit because they can go to their grocery store instead of waiting for their pharmacy to open,” Pappas said.
“Instead of saying kids are going to have sex anyway, let’s just give them what they need. No! We need to stop that. We need to say no you can respect yourself, you can wait till marriage,” Kocain said.
The justice department just announced it will appeal that judge’s order lifting age limits on morning-after pills, saying the ruling exceeded his authority.