The Morning After Pill

  • folie a dru.

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    I just found out this morning that my sister's thirteen year old friend had unprotected sex. She couldn't talk to her mom so my sister talked to ours. My mother agreed to purchase the morning-after pill. The morning-after pill is a pill you take after you have sex. It can keep fertilization from occurring, but cannot destroy an egg that has already been fertilized and "planted" [so to speak]. It works up to 72 hours after sexual intercourse.

    If you are over the age of 18, you can buy this drug. Other than that, you have to have a prescription.

    I think that is completely and totally wrong. Kids should not have to go to their parents to get this pill if they need it. They should be able to go into the drugstore and purchase it themselves. It's just like any other contraceptive.

    There should not be an age limit.

    Discuss.
    May 15th, 2007 at 05:52am
  • Jolly McJollyson

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    I agree to an extent. I mean, I agree that kids of any age should have contraceptives available to them in order to make sure that if they decide to have sex, it's safe. However, I don't think a thirteen-year-old is really mature enough to make that decision: any thirteen-year-old.
    May 15th, 2007 at 08:30am
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    I don't think there's an age limit per se in Australia [correct me if I'm wrong]. Although I guess it might look dodgy for a young girl to go in and buy the morning after pill. I heard that some school nurses actually had stock of it to hand out to girls who asked. And even other medical situations, once a kid is 14 they can choose to keep everything between them and a doctor private; the parents no longer have the right to know.
    May 15th, 2007 at 11:31am
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    lucifer's_angel:
    I heard that some school nurses actually had stock of it to hand out to girls who asked.
    My school isn't even allowed to stock over-the-counter pain medication.
    May 15th, 2007 at 12:47pm
  • hrvatka; candy.

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    I disagree with the age limit. Although, if I was a parent, I'd like to know if my child was having sex and them buying the morning after pill would mean that they'd have to go through me. This is kind of like the abortion law. You can no longer get an abortion if you're under 18 without your parents being notified.
    May 15th, 2007 at 01:08pm
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    Magazine Sickness.:
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    I heard that some school nurses actually had stock of it to hand out to girls who asked.
    My school isn't even allowed to stock over-the-counter pain medication.
    Really? At mine students <technically> aren't allowed to carry meds around <but they /me/ do> but the nurse has heaps of stuff .. just, she has to deem it necessary in each case. *shrug*
    May 15th, 2007 at 02:30pm
  • folie a dru.

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    Jolly McJollyson:
    I agree to an extent. I mean, I agree that kids of any age should have contraceptives available to them in order to make sure that if they decide to have sex, it's safe. However, I don't think a thirteen-year-old is really mature enough to make that decision: any thirteen-year-old.
    But they do make the decision.
    We can't stop them simply by denying them a pill.
    The less contraceptive we allow them, the more unwanted pregnancies and STDs.
    May 15th, 2007 at 06:25pm
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    Tas The Pimp-o:
    I disagree with the age limit. Although, if I was a parent, I'd like to know if my child was having sex and them buying the morning after pill would mean that they'd have to go through me. This is kind of like the abortion law. You can no longer get an abortion if you're under 18 without your parents being notified.
    Yes, but if your children don't feel same coming to you to ask for a pill, they're going to be coming to you and telling you they're pregnant.

    When I'm a parent, I'd like to know. But if my kids don't feel comfortable talking to me I'd like to know they have as many options as possible.
    May 15th, 2007 at 06:26pm
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    druscilla;infatuated:
    Jolly McJollyson:
    I agree to an extent. I mean, I agree that kids of any age should have contraceptives available to them in order to make sure that if they decide to have sex, it's safe. However, I don't think a thirteen-year-old is really mature enough to make that decision: any thirteen-year-old.
    But they do make the decision.
    We can't stop them simply by denying them a pill.
    The less contraceptive we allow them, the more unwanted pregnancies and STDs.
    Which is why I agree to an extent. What we need are parents who actually fucking TALK to their children about making mature decisions.
    May 16th, 2007 at 11:50am
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    Jolly McJollyson:
    druscilla;infatuated:
    Jolly McJollyson:
    I agree to an extent. I mean, I agree that kids of any age should have contraceptives available to them in order to make sure that if they decide to have sex, it's safe. However, I don't think a thirteen-year-old is really mature enough to make that decision: any thirteen-year-old.
    But they do make the decision.
    We can't stop them simply by denying them a pill.
    The less contraceptive we allow them, the more unwanted pregnancies and STDs.
    Which is why I agree to an extent. What we need are parents who actually fucking TALK to their children about making mature decisions.
    We do need that. But it's never going to happen.
    You can't make a law that forces parents to talk to their kids about sex.
    May 16th, 2007 at 05:20pm
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    My mom talks to me about sex all the time...
    May 16th, 2007 at 08:53pm
  • Ol' Blue Eyes.

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    I agree with the age limit, because I kinda think that if you lower it, it will just...Gah, I can't phrase this right.

    But I know that a lot of my friends want to wait until they can get on birth control without their parents finding out. So if they could have gotten on birth control at age fourteen, they would have had sex at age fourteen.

    It just seems like it would make it easier for kids to have sex. Sorry for the lack of intelligence in this post, I'm dead tired.
    May 17th, 2007 at 01:01am
  • folie a dru.

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    People keep saying making this pill available for younger girls will make them want to have sex more.

    They don't consider the obvious:

    If they weren't having sex we wouldn't need to have this discussion.
    May 17th, 2007 at 05:13am
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    druscilla;infatuated:
    People keep saying making this pill available for younger girls will make them want to have sex more.

    They don't consider the obvious:

    If they weren't having sex we wouldn't need to have this discussion.
    Which is true, but girls are having sex much younger now. Not much anyone can do about it, other than stop promoting promiscuity so much.
    May 18th, 2007 at 05:12am
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    Ol' Blue Eyes.:
    druscilla;infatuated:
    People keep saying making this pill available for younger girls will make them want to have sex more.

    They don't consider the obvious:

    If they weren't having sex we wouldn't need to have this discussion.
    Which is true, but girls are having sex much younger now. Not much anyone can do about it, other than stop promoting promiscuity so much.
    I disagree that making the morning after pill available to younger girls is 'promoting promiscuity'.
    And it's their bodies, at any rate.
    I mean, does letting kids under the age of 16 eat at McDonalds promote obesity? (in the sense that you used the term promotion)
    May 18th, 2007 at 08:46am
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    *looks at earlier post*
    :|
    er..
    May 18th, 2007 at 08:47am
  • folie a dru.

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    Ol' Blue Eyes.:
    druscilla;infatuated:
    People keep saying making this pill available for younger girls will make them want to have sex more.

    They don't consider the obvious:

    If they weren't having sex we wouldn't need to have this discussion.
    Which is true, but girls are having sex much younger now. Not much anyone can do about it, other than stop promoting promiscuity so much.
    Is there some rule I didn't read about that says you have to be promiscuous to need this pill? What if the condom broke? What if you just didn't use protection? Is it different if you have one partner as opposed to three or four?

    You don't have to bed hop to need this pill.
    May 18th, 2007 at 06:40pm
  • Jolly McJollyson

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    druscilla;infatuated:
    We do need that. But it's never going to happen.
    You can't make a law that forces parents to talk to their kids about sex.
    True. I'm definitely not for legislating something like that. I do, think, however, that the attitude, through various media outlets and PSA campaigns, could be shifted for the better.
    May 18th, 2007 at 09:08pm
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    It just irks me that pills relating to sex have to be the most controversial and fussed over. Where are our priorities?
    May 19th, 2007 at 03:33am
  • Lyzzla

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    I think I would agree with you, but not everyone could use the pill responsibally. When you have laws, you have to take everyone into consideration. You know the immatur kid you go t oschool wih? You all have one. You know him! The one who is always getting in trouble, and is getting new rules made for your school. It's kinda' like that. Our national documents say things such as "equality". This means Betsy down that street doesn't get more rights than Tom because he's a fucking dumbass, it means Betsy gets Tom's rights because the law has to protect everyone. If that means treating Betsy like a child, they have no choice. The law needs to protect everyone, and the immature people are the ones who make the rules crack down.

    That's all

    XxVegas
    May 19th, 2007 at 05:48am