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Does Father-in-Chief Really Know Best?
As number-one father-in-chief, President Obama said today that “as the father of two daughters,” he supports his Health secretary’s decision [Kathleen Sebelius] to block over-the-counter sales of the Plan B “morning after” birth control pill to girls under 17 years of age.
For young girls who find themselves in crisis around an unplanned pregnancy, access to Plan B could literally be a lifesaver. But with all things associated with reproductive health, many parents are not thrilled with the idea of a pre-teen buying a drug of this caliber with so many questions still unanswered.
While he fully supports the decision, President Obama says he was “not involved in the process.” Sebelius, overruled the Food and Drug Administration, saying there are too many questions about the safety of Plan B for girls who can bear children as young as 10 or 11 years old.
“I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine,” Obama said during a recent White House news conference.
President Obama said Sebelius decided 10- and 11-year-olds should not be able to buy the drug “alongside bubble gum or batteries” because it could have an adverse effect if not used properly. He said “most parents” probably feel the same way.
While the national rate of teen pregnancies are decreasing, about 50% of black teen girls get pregnant at least once before age 20—still nearly twice the national average.