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FDA to allow 17 year olds to get "morning after pill"

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The age of legal consent in SC (and most other places) is 16, so I have no problem with 17-year-olds being able to receive the morning after pill without parental consent. Mine would have talked with me and we would have made the decision together, but I realize not everyone raises their children the same way I did mine.

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I look at it this way, there's no such thing as abstinence for teens so there's no use in spending money on abstinence education. Oh yeah, it sounds good in theory, sure; it's the whole putting it into practice that just doesn't work. So what can you do now? Encourage birth control and safe sex, but those aren't always practiced either.

Therefore you are left with two options, abortion and the morning-after pill. Take your pick, which is the lesser of two evils? The morning-after pill is by far less risky for the would-be-mother-to-be. I'd much rather my daughter, if I had one, do the latter for the sake of her health.

And don't think for a moment that daughters are going to consult mom and pop before having sex anyways. So this isn't really a parenting issue. Forbidding sex just fuels curiosity anyways and I'd say it would be more counterproductive than anything else (not that I'm saying you should encourage sexual activity, mind you). Thinking you can tell your child not to have sex and them follow those instructions is just silly.

I think the morning-after pill should be OTC for anyone not ready for parenthood and not following the usual methods of preventing pregnancy, no matter the age.

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I'm kinda surprised at the lack of outrage.

But also happy.

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Anti sex...will never work.

Scaring kids to use condoms.....will absolutely work.

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And don't think for a moment that daughters are going to consult mom and pop before having sex anyways. So this isn't really a parenting issue. Forbidding sex just fuels curiosity anyways and I'd say it would be more counterproductive than anything else (not that I'm saying you should encourage sexual activity, mind you). Thinking you can tell your child not to have sex and them follow those instructions is just silly.

It isn't a matter of parents "forbidding" it per se, it's a matter of restricting situations it might occur in, and making sure that responsibility for and consequences of all things are talked about and shown in all aspects of life by the parents. Making sure that when you give a kid a rule, and they break it (because they will press the issue, always) they suffer the consequences you have outlined for that and it doesn't get blown off so that when it comes to serious things like having sex, all that comes into play. All that does is give a basis for correct decisions to be made by offspring though and that's all we can ask of parents IMO.

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if parents were doing their jobs, it wouldn't be an issue.

:Yawn:

Hooey! Plenty of good parents have good kids, who are having sex.

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I'm kinda surprised at the lack of outrage.

But also happy.

I personally have a problem with any attractive woman having sex with someone other than myself.

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It isn't a matter of parents "forbidding" it per se, it's a matter of restricting situations it might occur in, and making sure that responsibility for and consequences of all things are talked about and shown in all aspects of life by the parents. Making sure that when you give a kid a rule, and they break it (because they will press the issue, always) they suffer the consequences you have outlined for that and it doesn't get blown off so that when it comes to serious things like having sex, all that comes into play. All that does is give a basis for correct decisions to be made by offspring though and that's all we can ask of parents IMO.

I agree with you completely without any reservations, but you can't lock a kid up in a closet to restrict those opportunities. There will always be opportunities for that kind of behavior in situations you never deemed to have them. It's a fact of life. Case in point: I knew people in school who would sneak off into the woods during lunch period and have sex.

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BS. My daughter will be locked in her room until she's 30.

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I agree, Liquid, which is why I am more pro having that pill available. I would much rather no baby comes of such things which are going to happen in some way or another at times. PRACTICALLY speaking, I think it's the only real choice because I don't see the responsibility level of parents growing any time soon ergo I don't see it growing in children anytime soon. In an ideal world, the level of responsibility overall would increase, but let's be real.

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