The Plan B debate continues after the Food and Drug Administration approved over-the-counter sales of the emergency contraceptive for women 15 and older on Tuesday, sparking beef on both sides of the issue.
Advocates believe it will be difficult for 15 year-olds to prove their age when most don't have a driver's license, and opponents are fearful its taking rights away from parents while putting young women at risk. The Obama administration, meanwhile, is appealing a federal court decision that would widen the gap even further by making all brands of emergency contraceptives available over the counter to women of all ages as early as May 5.
I believe the move from 17 to 15 is a good start. As someone who's used Plan B in the past, years before "trying" to get pregnant was actually my reality, I know it's no cake walk. Girls aren't going to be lining up for it like it's a $20 Coachella ticket. You take a pill, you feel alright except for the nagging voice inside beating you up for getting yourself in this situation in the first place. You take another pill, you feel like crap and just want to curl up in a ball and go to sleep sans the guy who got you here in the first place. Nowadays, you take both pills at the same time.
The FDA's move applies only to the Plan B One-Step brand and requires customers 15 and older to provide proof of age at the check-out counter. No prescription. No parental permission or doctor's note needed. It's one way to prevent unwanted pregnancies, which studies show make up a large piece of the pie.