Please note that, while I’m pro-life, my thoughts on all-ages access to the morning -after pill are not based on a pro-life stance. Note that I also realize that it’s easy for me to say this, and maybe my bias against abortion plays a bigger role than I realize. But I don’t think so.
But giving access to the morning after pill to girls of all ages is just a plain bad idea.
– If young girls are having sex, this is honestly something their parents need to know about. For so many reasons. This has nothing to do with her body, her choice. I’m not going to put a hard-and-fast age on it, but there’s an age below which you just really aren’t old enough actually make that kind of decision. If my 7 year old is getting the morning after pill, I need to know.
– Young children are not generally considered to be capable of making the world’s best decisions. This is why we don’t let them vote, drive, sign contracts, etc. I find it very odd that we don’t think a child is able to make grown-up decisions about anything else – except this.
– Besides just not making great decisions, there’s the whole side effect thing. How many 12 year olds do you know who read the instructions that come with… anything. But we’re going to trust them to read and understand the dosing, side effect, precaution, and counterindications with a package of powerful pills?
– Side effects. There can be very serious side effects with the morning after pill. A young girl who gets the pill in secret isn’t likely to seek help for severe side effects, either. Do you see where this is leading?
– No studies of safety in pediatric populations.
Such a bad idea.