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  •  Although I disagree with much of this comment, (0+ / 0-)

    you raise an important issue:

    For one, boyfriends might be more likely to not use a condom because he can say "you can just buy Plan B."

    If anyone has ever watched the "To Catch a Predator" series in which a television crew confronts pedophiles who have arranged online to meet an under-aged girl for the purpose of having sex, you've seen some of the stupefying rationalizations that some men can come up with to defend their choices about sex with a 14-yr-old. They'll bring candy and movies and booze and drugs to help with the persuasion, but they don't care one bit about the girl, except to use her for sex.  So yes, the existence of any kind of birth control that can be handled by the girl can make it easier for some men to rationalize statutory rape.

    NONETHELESS, I still think the decision to limit access to this medical option could harm more girls than it protects.

    A Wall Street "bonus" should not be more than what my house is worth.

    by bushondrugs on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 04:52:46 AM PST

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    •  Concerning sexual predators, it seems to me that (0+ / 0-)

      allowing a young girl to purchase Plan B over the counter would lessen the possibility  that she would tell someone due to shame and the feeling that she could take care of the situation herself. As difficult as it might be, IMO a girl would have a better outcome if she had to talk with some adult in that situation.

      However, without having done research on the subject, I believe most girls who get pregnant do so with their boyfriends, rather than a predator. Maybe teenage boys have changed since I was a teenager and a condom was the only choice we had for birth control. Even then, boys did not like using condoms and had another choice been available, they would have been used less. I do recognize that AIDS and other STDs may have made boys more likely to use a condom, but since teenagers are not likely to see themselves as vulnerable to diseases, maybe not.

      I am very distrustful of hormone therapy and the consequences of such, especially since estrogen and estrogen like substances are so prevalent in our foods and environment now, especially in plastics. Yesterday the FDA (I think it was the FDA) said they did not have the data to say that environmental factors contribute to the increase in breast cancer over the last few decades but I, and many women, think that these xeno-estrogens are likely to have contributed to this.

      There is certainly no doubt that girls are entering puberty earlier and earlier. By making Plan B over the counter, we are adding the possibility of  a large amount of hormones being introduced to a girl's system as if it is no different from aspirin. That is a concern to me. One time, it may do more good than harm, but if it is readily available to teenagers, I fear it will be used more than one time.

      You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

      by sewaneepat on Thu Dec 08, 2011 at 05:22:29 AM PST

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