• Tue, Dec 13 2011

Hey Obama, Almost 90% Of Mommyish Readers Support Plan B Over The Counter

plan bNews for President Obama who recently used his platform as a parent to buckle down on Plan B being overturned. Despite the sign off by the FDA saying that the pill was safe for all girls of childbearing age, Kathleen Sebelius overturned the decision — a move that Obama supported specifically as a “father of two girls.” He expressed that “most parents” would agree with him in his concern for the availability of emergency contraception and that we needed to exhibit some “common sense.”

Well, Mr. President “most parents” around here do not agree with you as a whopping 88.6% of Mommyish readers do think that the pill should be available without a prescription.

plan b parenting pollIf by “common sense” he means restricting the options for girls who have been raped by their boyfriends or who have encountered a broken condom, then a new choice of words is in order. Especially considering that the availability of Plan B could decrease the number of unintended pregnancies in teens as well as abortions. And even though Obama’s fatherhood platform is both demeaning and faulty when addressing the reasoning behind this decision, his assertion that this overturn was made to ease the concerns of parents isn’t flying in this corner of the web.

Sounds more like politics and less a fundamental concern for girls and their well-being.

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  • Jen

    I’d be interested in a different poll. One that asked the relevant question of “do you think emergency contraceptives should be available over the counter to underage girls?”
    If a girl has been raped by her boyfriend, she should tell someone. There can be serious side effects to taking these pills. Do you really think an 11 year old girls that doesn’t want to tell mom she is pregnant, is going to want to tell mom to take her to the hospital because she is in serious medical trouble?

    • Jen

      You are absolutely incorrect. Plan B is actually SAFER than nearly any other OTC medicine on the market today. Seriously, it has fewer possible side effects than Tylenol AND it has no reported serious side effects. This is 100% paternalistic bull on the part of politicians pandering to the anti-choice voter base and the people who have been misinformed by their lies.

  • Jen

    Again, I am only arguing against it being available to underage girls OTC. Honestly, I don’t believe any underage kids should be allowed to take OTC meds without supervision.

  • Eileen

    Yeah, but how many Mommyish readers are actually parents? I’m not and neither are you.

  • Steph

    Condoms aren’t located behind a counter, and Plan B shouldn’t be either.