One in four American women will be the victim of a sex crime during their lives.
In Utah, that increases to one in three women being victims during their lives.
One out of every three women you know in Utah - young, old, middle-aged,
mothers, teens, grandmothers, your child's babysitter will need something
like "the morning after pill" in order to prevent a pregnancy after
their rape. One in three. And, here I am reading squabbling about
teens having sex when what this measure actually addresses is the horrible,
astronomical number of young and old women (yes, even the 15 year olds) who will
be raped in Utah. Perhaps what the Deseret News really needs an Op-Ed about is
why tape culture so dominates Utah and American society.
"The Obama administration is correct to appeal this decision as an overreach
of Judge Korman's authority. Scientific facts and politics should not be
the only factors in deciding such issues."More times than not I
disagree with the Obama administration. But on this one I agree. The
administration is correct to appeal the judge's decision that this pill be
available as over-the-counter, and available to any age.
@Oregon Mom --As I and others have already said, Plan B says
absolutely nothing about the desirability of having sexually active teens. It
simply helps us to deal with the consequences when chastity efforts fail.I think we can all agree that we would prefer young teen girls to
abstain. I think we can all agree that efforts to steer them away from having
sexual relations are good things. But that doesn't mean we get
to ignore the times when our efforts fail.We work to prevent smoking
-- but we still give smokers medical treatment when they need it.We
work to prevent over-eating -- but we still give over-eaters medical treatment
when they need it.Similarly, it's a good thing to discourage
teenage sexual activity. But we shouldn't turn a blind eye when our efforts
fail.Plan B helps to reduce the need for abortions. It helps to
reduce the incidence of teen pregnancies. And those are GOOD things to aim for.
Amazing how many people are simply repeating their opinions rather than
responding to the article. I read it twice, and there's no mention of
religion anywhere in there. This is about psychology.The simple
fact is that in the 21st century, a young woman needs at least some post-high
school training or education to be successful. We don't live in an
agrarian community anymore, in which teens graduated at the end of the 8th grade
and went to work on the farm. (Full-time, that is--they'd already been
working on the farm part time.) Having a baby at 16, today, is a disaster for a
young woman.Teens who delay sexual activity are psychologically
healthier and on a track to a successful adulthood. This has nothing to do with
religious opinion, it's psychology. Young women should spend their teenage
years learning and developing talents and becoming the terrific women they were
meant to be. Acting as though sexual activity among teens is inevitable is like
acting as though binge drinking is normal. It's not good, and we should
work to steer youths to a healthier path.
25 years after the arrival of AIDS, we should not be having this conversation.
In the 1980's everyone was talking about condoms and how teenagers needed
to be taught about condoms and movie stars were wearing ribbons about AIDS. Why
is anyone still having unprotected sex? Why are talking about a pill to prevent
pregnancy? Worry about AIDS and that it can kill you.AIDS education
is a failure.A pharmacist or the FDA should not be making sexual
health decisions for anyone's children.
Eliot, perhaps you don't realize that there is a difference between
recognizing the nature of something and passing judgement on that thing. In
other words, knowing a snake when you see it is wise. That doesn't mean you
are judging that snake.
Many have said it well here but Eric Samuelsen said it most succiently..amen.
It's natural, it's programmed, and it's going to happen as it
always has. I would choose to have my teenage children and grandchildren
abstain until they are emotionaly developed but thank heaven..ironic no, for the
plan b pill.
@RedShirtI am sure when teenagers are told its not a good idea to
have sex at that age they will stop immediately. Teenagers are rightly
characterised for having a strong respect for authority and listening to what
their leaders tell them.Teens have been having sex for as long as
our species has been around. You could try and teach abstinence only education
but that has proven to not work (see the teen pregnancy rates in the southern
@GiuseppeG"How do you feel about paying for it or forcing other who
disagree with it to pay for it through a compulsory tax mechanism?"You're actually paying less because contraception is cheaper than the
Medicaid payments to cover the pregnancy related health expenses and any
welfare/food stamps/assistance needed for the extra children that a lack of
contraception would result in.
"does not mean its use — and the behaviors that make its use necessary
— are healthy for the normal development of a child."Sure,
but pretending that everyone is going to choose abstinence is to live in a
fantasy world. @JCS"The left-wing apologetics will deny
it, but the irrefutable truth is that the action in regard to this pill is just
the latest effort on the part of the Obama administration to attack traditional
marriage and family."Uh... most of the people who would be
getting this pill at such a young age would be people who would otherwise be
having children out of wedlock if they kept any resulting pregnancy to term. The
morning after pill reduces incidents of nontraditional families and birth out of
@GiuseppeG,The trouble with living in a nation as large and diverse
as ours is that my taxes are always going to go to something that I don't
personally support. That's just life.Additionally, studies
consistently show that teen out-of-wedlock pregnancies are a leading indicator
of poverty, crime, and a slew of other social negatives. I think that
subsidizing contraceptives now is far cheaper in comparison to paying for the
social costs of unintended teen pregancies down the road. Ounce of prevention
versus a pound of cure.@Redshirt,I think a lot of
comments have been clear that kids having sex is not a good thing, but
acknowledge that it's going to happen nonetheless. If that's the way
they're going to use their moral agency, I'd prefer to mitigate some
of the outcomes that impose additional burdens not only on them, but the rest of
society. Teens are hardwired to want sex; offering contraceptive options is not
going to do anything to increase or encourage that drive.
@Eliot – “I suppose there is some irony in posts that plead with the
religious right to stop being judgmental while simultaneously passing judgment
on the religious right.”Hmmm… this objection sounds less
like irony (or at least irony we should find troubling) and more like a trick of
language. Or as Wittgenstein once said, “the bewitchment of our
intelligence by means of language.”It’s the same sort of
trick that ties liberals in fits regarding the idea of tolerance (i.e., because
it sometimes leads them to the absurd conclusion that we should be tolerant of
everything, even intolerance).Can’t speak for anyone else on
this board, but moral relativism ain’t my bag baby…
Two different things: do I think it's good for adolescents to have sex?
No, I don't. Do I think me thinking that will have any effect whatsoever
on the behavior of kids? No, I don't. So yay for safe effective morning
I think that most people missed the point of the editorial.What
people should honestly ask is this, is it healthy for teens to be having sex?By healthy I do not mean physically, but mentally. Is your average
teenager ready for the emotional repercussions that come with becoming sexually
active?If it is not a healthy behavior, why encourage it? Would you
encourage a teen to smoke?
The author is patently wrong suggesting that the morning after pill is not
needed if women just practice abstinence before marriage. The primary purpose
for the morning after pill is for victims of sexual violence. Curb the violence
against women, then the author might be able to make a compelling moral case for
re: Res Novae:How do you feel about paying for it or forcing other
who disagree with it to pay for it through a compulsory tax mechanism?
I suppose there is some irony in posts that plead with the religious right to
stop being judgmental while simultaneously passing judgment on the religious
@The Real Maverick – “It's time for the radical right to turn
the other cheek rather than eye for an eye.”You said what I
wanted to… only better.When it comes to the Religious Right in
this country I often wonder if the teachings of Jesus are just a smoke screen
for what they really want – a Biblical society based on the Law of Moses.
But knowing this won’t sell under any humanistic notion of morality (just
read Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy to see the Taliban-like society called
for by the OT) they have to hide this agenda in the Trojan Horse of Jesus and
his teachings on love.This might be apparent when you ask people to
associate specific words with the Religious Rights… words like:JudgmentApocalypsePunishmentInquisitionLoveWrathMoral OutrageIntoleranceSmiteOut of all
these words, which one is least likely to pop into your mind when you think of
the Religious Right… be honest.
I'm LDS. I believe in abstinence before marriage. I think that rampant
teen sexual activity is often destructive, not only individually but also for
broader society. I'm disturbed by the recreational approach to sex without
consequences that I see among Millenials and today's teens. That said, I recognize that my view is increasingly a minority one and that I
cannot compel others to hold my values. I also recognize many teenagers who
agree with my views still find themselves compromising their values because
biology is a powerful urge. I'm a realist. I don't like
the idea of teenagers using contraceptives, but I understand that many teens
will do what they do, and I'd rather they be protected if they do it.
It's preferable to compounding the emotional complexities of teen sexuality
with the even greater complexities of teen parenthood, or the difficulties of
giving a child up for adoption. It's infinitely preferable to an abortion.
Those of you who think that the 'chastity' group are somehow trying to
control you must have a huge ax to grind. Perhaps its your conscience, I
don't know. Although I believe in Chastity, I could care less what moral
choices you make,just so long as you don't delegate your desire to have me
pay for it to some politician, or perpetuate your 'no consequence'
attitude to the next generation of entitled government recipients.
"many studies that show the harmful affects of adolescent sexual activity.
"Well duh. I don't think there are many reasonable people
out there who would claim that early adolescents SHOULD be having sexual
relations.But, of course, that's not the point.Smoking is a Very Bad Idea -- but we don't deny medical treatment to
smokers.Over-eating is a Very Bad Idea -- but we don't deny
medical treatment to overweight people.We *all* want to reduce
abortions. Plan B helps to do that. We *all* want to reduce teen pregnancies.
Plan B helps to do that as well.Plan B says absolutely nothing about
the desirability of having sexually active teens. It simply helps us to deal
with the consequences when chastity efforts fail.And yes, it's
important that kids be able to get this without parental permission. Many teen girls would **never** tell their parents that they had slept with
anyone -- which just means that they would be likely to end up either getting an
abortion or becoming yet another teen mother later on. Which one is preferable
-- avoiding the pregnancy altogether, or creating the need for an abortion? The answer should be obvious.
What a strange article! It's almost as if the writer is actually hoping
that people who use this are punished by god! Shame on you folks for wishing
harm on others. Shame on you! It's time for the radical right
to turn the other cheek rather than eye for an eye. It's time to stop
judging and start serving. It is time to stop yelling and start comforting. It
is time to love both friends and enemies. It is time to see others how god sees
them, his sons and daughters. Ultimately, it is time for Christian
conservatives to stand up and actually act like their savior. Stamp out the
hatred and vitriol. Stand a bit taller! Lets go repubs! The time is yours!
No one is arguing that engaging in the acts that require emergency contraception
is "healthy"And this still isn't "without"
consequences. If someone is in need of this pill, they likely didnt't use
protection.I was listening to a radio segment on the radio
yesterday, and these pills can range from $50-$100 a pop. Most 15-17 year olds
won't have that kind of money to shell out to go "all willey
nilley"Making it available over the counter almost makes it
harder to get. If it isn't a prescription, it likely will not be covered
Trans-fats and soda pop are banned from our schools because we are told that
they are unhealthy for kids to consume. They probably are. But it is perfectly
fine for our young teenage girls to take heaping doses of hormones to prevent
them from getting pregnant because we can't convince them that it is better
to wait until they are in a committed relationship before they have sex. To me
the issue here is as much about sexual behavior as it is about the long term
health of our daughters. When the drug companies tell me not to worry, that all
is well and there are no long term side effects, excuse me if I politely clearly
me throat and say, "Ahem, hold on just a doggone minute." Whatever
happened to the liberal mistrust of big pharmaceuticals?
“Frankly, 17 is too young for over-the-counter access to a drug that would
give the illusion of sex being free of consequences.”And this
one sentence captures the entire reality-denying social conservative agenda
– it is not about reducing abortions (as this pill surely does) nor is it
about promoting individual liberty/agency (a faux concern of the Religious Right
dictated solely by their politically expedient marriage with Libertarians). It is simply about imposing their moral values on others and making the
consequences of not adhering to those values as high as possible. This is
readily apparent when you examine their views on everything from economic policy
to AIDS research.This is fine in and of itself… I just wish
they would be honest about it and keep the debate in the domain of moral values
(and the basis for those values). But of course doing so would expose the layers
of hypocrisy and religious precepts disguised as morality (e.g., sex is
“dirty”), so instead we’ll continue to get mostly smoke and
I agree sex is natural but it doesn't mean we allow our appetites to
control us. We should wait for the proper time and the proper place with the
right person to engage in it otherwise we will end up with the negative side
effects of over indulging such as Venereal diseases, unwanted pregnancies,
abortion, emotional trauma and addiction.Time to start teaching
Sex is natural and enjoyable. It's time to grow up about it, and stop
dealing with it only as if it's 'dirty' or as if we're 14
year old boys.
One idea trumps them all: Chastity before marriage and fidelity after!
Studies since 2002 have said that Plan B cannot prevent implantation, and a 2005
memorandum by the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research recognized
that the pills main function was to prevent ovulation - but added that it could
not exclude the chance that it may stop implantation "in a small percentage
of women."However, a 2007 study showed that Plan B did not
prevent eggs from attaching to cells in the uterus. The eggs were collected from
a fertility clinic that would have discarded the specimens otherwise. Other
studies in 2007, 2009 and 2010 in Australia and Chile showed that the
morning-after pill was only effective in women who had not ovulated. The rate of
women of pregnancy for women who had ovulated already and used Plan B was the
same rate as people who hadn't used the pill at all.Dr.
Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, an obstetrics and gynecology professor at the
Karolinska Institute in Sweden who participated in World Health Organization
studies leading to FDA approval of the morning-after pill, told the New York
Times that the implantation explanation was included in the labels because
scientists thought it made the medication seem more effective.
Re: "There is no evidence to suggest that . . . Plan B One-Step . . . works
after an egg is fertilized."Hmmmmm.I guess
that's why Plan B One Step's own propaganda, as well as the FDA
labeling, acknowledge that Plan B is designed to work in one of three ways,
prevention of ovulation, prevention of fertilization, OR prevention of the
fertilized ovum from implantation.Kinda makes you wonder what hidden
agenda one might have, who insists on denying this acknowledged truth, huh?
You know DN all your religious sociolgy aside the purpose of sex..the reason it
developed, is to procreate. AS such it also developed as pleasant and
compelling emotionally to ensure it's success. It's also a fact that
humans are sexually mature as early as 12 or 13. Thoughts and urges to be
sexually active at 15 are just biology. They are not evil or temptations from
the devil. In fact through out most of human history humanity counted on 15 and
17 year olds to procreate the species. So if if you don't want your
teenagers to be sexually active fine, but your not just fighting a promiscious
society and culture you're fighting human nature and the consequences of a
teenager giving in to that nature may be lower grades, or self esteem etc. but
it doesn't compare to the consequence of being pregnant. Plan B is a safe
and effective way for girls who either don't share your values or who give
into nature as they were designed to, not have to be pregnant if they don't
want to be.
There's a difference between actions having negative consequences and
wanting actions to have negative consequences so you can feel morally superior.
Editorials like these come dangerously close to crossing that line.
To oppose effective, safe, and available contraception while at the same time
bemoaning unwed mothers is to deny reality and drench yourself in hypocrisy.Do you, or do you not, want to decrease abortion rates in this
country?Make up your mind!
The left-wing apologetics will deny it, but the irrefutable truth is that the
action in regard to this pill is just the latest effort on the part of the
Obama administration to attack traditional marriage and family. This is
undeniable fact.The administration wants this pill to be pushed on
the public so that the public will believe that it can engage in wanton,
uncontrolled sex without any consequences. Indeed, one of the central claims of
leftist dogma is that sex is a purely recreational activity that should be
engaged in with any person at any time.The time has come for the
ignorant masses to awaken. The time has come to put an end to government
Facts frst:"Emergency contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy
primarily, or perhaps exclusively, by delaying or inhibiting ovulation. There is
no evidence to suggest that either of the FDA-approved emergency contraceptive
options, levonorgestrel (LNG, such as Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose,
Next Choice, and Levonorgestrel Tablets) or ulipristal acetate (UPA, such as
ella) works after an egg is fertilized. Emergency contraceptive
pills will not cause an abortion. EC is not the same as the abortion pill. There
is no point in a woman's cycle when the emergency contraceptive pills
available in the United States would end a pregnancy once it has started.
Hormonal emergency contraceptive pills don’t have any effect if you are
"Korman has ordered the Obama administration to make so-called morning-after
pills......, available over the counter, without a prescription and without any
age barriers."Please all. Read this sentence before you place
blame on Obama. (although, I am confident that it wont stop many)