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U.S. regulators OK 17-year-olds' Plan B birth control

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Global financial crisis.....North Korean missile launch....South African elections....and birth control for girls in the US. Yep, all world news.

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Well, it's a shame that something need be so readily available to people who are irresponsible, but I'm afraid that it's just impractical not to do it, and no amount of 'abstinence' classes are going to stop the behaviour of teens. I don't like it, but I agree that it's better than yet another of bush's examples of his head being up his butt, and him using religion to govern instead of separating it.

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I think this is a good idea, but as a father of a girl, I can tell you she better abstain. Where I do find fault that if my daughter can get a hold of this at 17 without my permission, while she is living in my house, this is kind of like telling her its ok to have sex with Papi knowing it......

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because it can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus

Well if it cannot do this – then let’s hope that a drug that does comes along.

this is kind of like telling her its ok to have sex with Papi knowing it......

Yep – I remember quite well – when I was 15 I told Papi that I was going to have sex. Realistic, I do not think so.

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Plan A was abstinence-only sex education.

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skipthesong : It is her choice. You have no say. Your attitude can cause her undue stress. You know these children can read directions and will not take it after 72 hours. Nor will they take an overdose. Children are responsible for their behavior. You just are responsible for the bills. Oh and the alternate life style will be taught as well in case ...

skipthesong...welcome to post christian society...Reproductive health for murder, diversity for an abomination...Bible a hate book...be silent Dad your child is ours.

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Age of consent is 16 in many states. This rule should at least match that.

And nobody has a leg to stand on against this except for a complete objection to the pill at any age. If she needs the morning after pill at 16 or 17, then you already failed to instill your values in her. Punishing her with a pregnancy or abortion is just hillybilly stupid. Its sort of like telling your teen daughter that she most certainly cannot use the car tonight, and ripping out the airbag and seatbelts, because leaving them there would just encourage her. Then when she steals the car, has an accident and bashes her brains out on the windshield, you declare that it serves her right. Get a grip. The punishment does not fit the act, except in the way of cruel Mother Nature, who we now have the power to defy.

Of course the other fun option is if she was raped. She might not exactly feel like telling papa what happened next morning. It might take a whole week for her to build up the courage. Too late. That means you either get to pay for an abortion or help raise a rapist's child. Again, hillbilly stupid.

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this is kind of like telling her its ok to have sex with Papi knowing it..." I meant to post "with papi NOT knowing it.."

skipthesong : It is her choice. You have no say. Your attitude can cause her undue stress." What are you?

Yo JB, would you tell this guy how our houses are run! Daughters and sisters are hands off until they are married!

I rather have her be stressed out than to have her being taken advantage of. I am also worried that young people will think this is all they need and forget about still wearing a condom to prevent against STDs. Glad I decided to put her in an all girls school when she goes to junior high and high school.

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The boys at the all boys schools know all about the all girl schools.

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Critics of the contraceptive say Plan B is the equivalent of an abortion pill because it can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.

Would you then say that a spontaneous abortion is against the rules too? You will have to bring your so called god up on charges if you believe that one as the egg was attached at first to the uterine wall.

Get a grip. Humans play and should not have to pay due to your own religious values.

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Birth control in the US? This isn’t world news!

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This is horrible! How many girls will die as a result of taking this pill? I hope the FDA is sued by a parent asserting parental rights. Since when is "science" the basis of law? Silly me, I thought morality was the basis of law. We are destroying our own culture.. From "wine, women, and song," we digressed to "sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll," and now we have "crack, faggots, and rap"

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Thank you, it's about damn time, the previous administration really had a head in the sand mentallity about sex and birth control. As for issues of values do we expect our kids to marry the first person they sleep with, that is of course the bible thumping way, and completely unrealistic.I would rather if it's my daughter she is responsible about birth control in the first place but if there is an accident I'm happy there is a solution available other than abortion.

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skip: those all girls schools don't mean a thing. How about instilling self esteem in your daighter before getting out the prverbial chastity belt?

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Seems like a lot of posters don't seem to understand that parents are in charge of raising their children and deeming moral values upon their household and not the world.

Bible thumping? How about teaching responsibility for ADULT (as defined by US law) choices one has to make in everyday life. While I do appreciate birth control, does not stop the fact that I would not want my child to be able to take medication or any kind of drug without my knowledge as long as that child is living under my roof and considered my responsibilty for their actions until they reach 18.

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Societies like the US, so God fearing and moral, are so behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to things bodily and of a sexual nature. Many countries who are a whole lot less "religious" are much more practical, and enjoy a lower rate of unwanted pregnancies. I remember who France just shrugged and laughed over Clinto and Monica, and how Mitterand´s wife, daugher and mistress all attended his funeral. Time for the US to enjoy life a little and to butt out of other people´s lives.

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HonestDictator: Seems like a lot of posters don't seem to understand that parents are in charge of raising their children and deeming moral values upon their household and not the world.

It is really interesting that you say that, and then turn around and expect the world to make a law so for the sake of your household rules. How about you run your household, and if everything fails to go as planned, don't blame us for your failure to instill your rules into your kids.

does not stop the fact that I would not want my child to be able to take medication or any kind of drug without my knowledge as long as that child is living under my roof and considered my responsibilty for their actions until they reach 18.

You seem to be over-looking the fact that this particular drug reduces your burden of responsibility, not the other way around. This diminshes, but does not erase your point, so...

... maybe we can find a middle ground. How about your daughter can get the pill without your consent, but then the dispenser of the drug has to inform you, say, two weeks later.

And a little info about something I have experienced: I often see fathers cut out of the loop by daughters and mothers. Its usually his own fault as he over-reacts to news related to this topic. If you want info, you have to earn it. Setting absolute rules does earn you this. Its how you conduct yourself on the spot that counts here.

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Dubya: How many girls will die as a result of taking this pill?

How many will die giving birth? On the abortion table? How many will die crossing the street? From sexually transmitted AIDS due to a parent so hung up on abstinence they did not educate their daughter about condoms? If ever you bother to do some research, and prove the numbers of morning after pills excessive, you might have a point. Elsewise, its a dangerous world already, and this would harldy seem to be adding to it.

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Well Likietis I do not pay the world taxes nor do I want them to make choices for me. I only pay the US government taxes and I do have some say in what I think would be the right course of action of the governments choices that can infringe on my choices as a parent. As I said, I would prefer to have a say if my child is being offered any type of drug without my consent because no matter what there may be side effects. If my child ODs or becomes impotent etc because she did not keep to the medication rules that I didn't even know she was taking... I hope you see the point.

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I hope you see the point.

I hope you reread this from my post:

... maybe we can find a middle ground. How about your daughter can get the pill without your consent, but then the dispenser of the drug has to inform you, say, two weeks later.

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why inform me two weeks later? Thats not middle ground, thats taking my ability to make decisions as a parent when it happens.

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