I believe that if you have a bad night and you end up having a sexual relation, then you should be able to get it over the counter. Also, if a girl gets raped one night, then it should be okay for a girl ( even if she is young) to be able to take the pill without having to deal with a pharmacist. The morning after pill is not a abortion pill, you're not killing your child. The egg most likely isn't even fertilized. It prevents ovulation or fertilization of an egg. It contains a higher dose of the female hormone progestin than regular birth control pills. Taking it within 72 hours of rape, condom failure or missing a regular pill can cut chances of pregnancy up to 89%, but it works best in the first 24 hours. If you're already is pregnant, it has no effect. That's all it is.
I think it should be sold over the counter for all ages because young girls are going to have sex even though its wrong. Teenagers do not care. So I think being able to buy the morning after pill over the counter for any age is better than being a young mother.
I support all people of all ages having a right to control their own body as they see fit. That includes teen girls being able to purchase contraceptives in stores without parental consent or knowledge even. I understand why some people may be uncomfortable with that idea but heres the thing. Some girls are in serious danger from their families if they find out they are even possibly sexually active
A woman's body is hers and hers alone. If she wants to ensure her own physical safety, economic security, and mental well being by choosing not to become pregnant when she isn't ready, she alone should make that decision.
The same people arguing that abortion should be outlawed, birth control shouldn't be available, and women shouldn't have control over their own bodies are also arguing that we shouldn't provide welfare for mothers struggling to feed their children. They're the same people fighting to put prisoners on death row. The same people refusing to vote for health care benefits for women who are dying because of pregnancy-related complications they cannot pay for.
If we can prevent women from dying due to pregnancy-related illness, we can greatly reduce cost of health care in America. In addition, we can reduce fatalities and improve quality of life. But this isn't all. By providing women with the ability to make decisions for themselves, we're empowering females all over the country by giving them the strength to explore their sexuality while staying safe and keeping their peace of mind.
As hard as we try, teens are always going to have sex. It's on TV, in music, and plastered all over billboards. It's an inevitable force that isn't going to go away any time soon. By providing young people with the tools they need to do this in a safe manner, we can give them the opportunity to carry on with their lives without the monetary, emotional, and physical strains of having a child at such a young age.
This brings me to my next point: The morning after pill in cases of rape. Many women who are raped do not report this to the police, as it may be done by a friend or a family member. In this case, they may (if not given proper treatment) be forced to carry an unwanted child to term. This is not emotionally or physically healthy for any woman.
Finally: the life of an unwanted child, born to a mother that is not ready to have children, is quite likely to be less fulfilling than that of a child who was planned.
The morning after pill is a form of abortion. It is used to abort a fetus. If abortion is not legal then the morning after pill without doctors consent should also be illegal. We do not know at what point an infant becomes human. Some feel this occurs when the child is born, other not until later than this, other feel it occurs at the time babies can no longer be split into twins and other feel it occurs at the moment of conception.
We don't know for sure, which means we also can't know for sure if a child is not fully human from the moment of conception making it murder.
The morning after pill is also an easy way out which will stop people from practicing safe sex. Which will lead to an increase in the spreading of STD's and Aids.
The morning-after pill is a drug which has significant implications, not only because of what it does to a woman physically, but also because using it involves a serious moral and emotional decision. If young women are not considered mature enough to drink or even to smoke cigarettes until they are of an age and development level to fully understand the ramifications of their behavior, then how could we ever think that they are mature enough to self-administer a medication which will cause their bodies to spontaneously abort a pregnancy?
No, I do not believe the morning-after pill should be available over the counter for all ages. It should not be available to young girls who will ultimately abuse this pill. And, in the eyes of the law, young girls are not legally able to consent to sex anyway and therefore should not be made available.