jessica valenti

Scroll to Info & Navigation

Seriously, if we believe a 14 year old is too immature to know how to take a pill, do we really think she’s adult enough to handle an unwanted pregnancy?

The truth is that the age restriction is completely arbitrary, tied only to our puritanical comfort levels. And listen, I get it; I think it’s fair to say that most people are uncomfortable with the idea of a 14 year old having sex. But here’s the thing - access to Plan B isn’t about keeping a 14 year old from having sex - by the time she gets to the pharmacy, that ship has sailed - it’s about keeping a 14 year old who has already had sex from getting pregnant. And despite what urban legend (or past embarrassing FDA memos) may tell you, making emergency contraception more available is not more likely to make young teens have sex - it will just make them less likely to end up pregnant.

We can’t let our discomfort with teen sex trump young people’s right to sexual and reproductive health and we can’t continue to let politics trump science. If we care about young women’s health and bodily autonomy and integrity, we’ll drop all age restrictions from emergency contraception. Anything less isn’t just illogical - it’s immoral.

"Hey, FDA: Drop the Plan B Age Restriction," my latest at The Nation

Notes

  1. saintimpala reblogged this from maozawowza
  2. inhabitmybrain reblogged this from maozawowza
  3. maozawowza reblogged this from inhabitmybrain
  4. oouija-boredd reblogged this from scars-are-beautiful-too
  5. chaospreprogrammed reblogged this from scars-are-beautiful-too
  6. abuseme-amuseme reblogged this from scars-are-beautiful-too
  7. leahlikessparklythings reblogged this from scars-are-beautiful-too
  8. quotelifemessmine reblogged this from scars-are-beautiful-too
  9. volleyaero reblogged this from givemehopegivemelovegivemetruth
  10. wearetheworldsdreamers reblogged this from scars-are-beautiful-too
  11. the-blondiedreamer reblogged this from scars-are-beautiful-too
  12. stop-finding-my-blog reblogged this from givemehopegivemelovegivemetruth
  13. onceupon900miles reblogged this from givemehopegivemelovegivemetruth
  14. andthisishowitgoes-xx reblogged this from scars-are-beautiful-too
  15. givemehopegivemelovegivemetruth reblogged this from scars-are-beautiful-too
  16. lostinireo reblogged this from scars-are-beautiful-too
  17. scars-are-beautiful-too reblogged this from everybodiesbeautifulimage
  18. tell-me-were-dreaming reblogged this from everybodiesbeautifulimage
  19. olles-ferkel reblogged this from antiprolife
  20. ommetaph0bia reblogged this from unrequited-love-for-life
  21. unrequited-love-for-life reblogged this from wulcan
  22. elphabaweasley reblogged this from mistakenmage
  23. mistakenmage reblogged this from electricbreath
  24. occulations reblogged this from vicyoucanpiercemyveil
  25. troublesofateenagefeminist reblogged this from everybodiesbeautifulimage
  26. fitandhealthytoinfinity reblogged this from everybodiesbeautifulimage
  27. electricbreath reblogged this from wulcan
  28. wulcan reblogged this from everybodiesbeautifulimage
  29. vicyoucanpiercemyveil reblogged this from everybodiesbeautifulimage
  30. everybodiesbeautifulimage reblogged this from bootypositivity
  31. bootypositivity reblogged this from feministmafiosa
  32. twofacedpsycho reblogged this from optimisam