Plan B ruling disappointing, Minnesota advocates say

  • Article by: JEREMY OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 8, 2011 - 9:34 PM

Silver lining, they say: Doctors will be better able to educate teens.

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wmlyndallDec. 8, 1110:17 PM

Teens don't have any trouble getting alcohol or drugs at very young ages. They just have older friends get it for them. Why would this be any different? If a teen needs this drug, she can find a way to get it, without going through a Dr. or clinic.

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arronbDec. 8, 1110:35 PM

God forbid people should be able to make decisions for themselves.

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hookshotDec. 8, 1110:41 PM

Remember, its called Plan B. Parents need to first have "the talk" about plan A.

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ammunraDec. 9, 1112:00 AM

hookshot - Absolutely true. Unfortunately, there's a lot of parents that aren't fulfilling their responsbilities as parents, and I'd rather attack the problem using an alternate route than wait for parents to start acting like it.

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Willy53Dec. 9, 11 5:44 AM

Science, or facts, show that when teens have access to knowledge, birth control and reality based counseling teen pregnancies and sexual activity both go down. The idea that if this drug is available to teens there will be an explosion of sexual activity is absurd and never been proven. After eight years of the Bush Administration abstinence approach it has been refreshing to encounter national sexual health policy that actually embraces science. Now is no time to start catering to social conservatives at a steep cost to at risk teens.

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ruphinaDec. 9, 11 6:01 AM

"An alternate route" is not making a huge dose of a prescription drug that alters a females' chemical makeup so dramatically it causes a spntaneous miscarriage available to anyone OTC. The teen involved has already proven to have questionable ability to prevent pregnancy; what is to prevent more juvenile behaviour like buying it at multiple stores and taking too many? As far as the embarrassment factor, if you think you are adult enough to have sex, with all of it's possible life-changing consequences,then you should be adult enough to do what is needed to get the drug through a prescription. Getting tested for STDs at the same time might also be a good idea. Bill G.

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norunnyeggsDec. 9, 11 7:02 AM

Who in their right minds think an 11-16 year old shouldn't be consulting a doctor if they want to treat themselves after having sex? Does anyone think it is acceptable for someone this young to be having sex? Would it not be a good idea to ask them if they had been raped, coerced, abused, pressured? This medication and why it is taken is some serious stuff. Liberals won't allow a kid to have an aspirin in school but they want to allow them to walk into a drugstore and buy powerful medication off the shelf with no questions asked.

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norunnyeggsDec. 9, 11 7:03 AM

"God forbid people should be able to make decisions for themselves". 11- 16 years olds? Maybe they should be able to drink and smoke by your logic.

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redkayakDec. 9, 11 7:21 AM

Why don't we just make all drugs over the counter? The decision to put drugs over the counter should be based on medical reasons not politics.

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thuschkaDec. 9, 11 8:06 AM

What a hugely biased article. Why not present both sides of the argument? No wonder the left is confused, they probably have not even heard (if the strib is any indication) the reasoning from those that don't think it is a good idea for someone under the age of 18 to take a large dose of medication.

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