The Morning After Pill

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Brendon Urie..
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May 14th, 2007 at 11:52pm
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.
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May 15th, 2007 at 01:36am
O_O....13 years old?


Anyway, I agree. But I suppose I can sort of see a few reasons why they would put an age limit on purchases of it. For one, they could be trying to deter younger kids from having unprotected sex, because if they do have it, then they can't get the pill.....I can't think of any other reason right now, but there is probably more legitimate ones out there.
But I do agree with you. If there were no age limit, imagine how many unwanted pregnancies would be avoided, or how many abortions wouldn't need to be performed.
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May 15th, 2007 at 01:42am
when your young you think your invisible, thus unprotected sex.
then you get scared.
and the good thing would be to take one of those, and then at least you can have some piece of mind.

i think it should be available without a prescription, but you'd have to ask for it.
like how you have to with cold medicine here.
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May 15th, 2007 at 05:08am
it should be available without the kid having to be 18 years of age. But they were the ones who engaged in unprotected sex in the first place but that punishment would be a tad too harsh, thats what i think, u no, not being able to "undo" it kinda? So it would be much better with the pill being purchased by whatever age group. I agree with Vanity, so many unwanted pregnancies and abortions would be avoided if that pill was in the reach of the kids themselves...and imagine the embarasment in front of their parents...wouldn't happen with my mom though...
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May 15th, 2007 at 06:58am
Yes but they can't justify having an age limit as 13 years old for a drug if the legal sex age is 16 or 18 or whatever. The government wouldn't want to admit kids that young need the pill.

I do think 13 is far too young to have sex, ESPECIALLY unprotected sex. I mean, what was going through her mind when she thought 'Hm..that might be a good idea?' I mean, I know this isn't what we're debating, but I think it applies to anyone of that age who has sex, unprotected or not.
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May 15th, 2007 at 07:13am
Well you can get the mroning after pill at a teen clinic, and at a teen clinic you don't have to parental permission or be 18+.

I think they mostly keep it prescription only or 18+ normally because it's a good system. I don't know the sister's situation but to me 13 is still a kid, so I think sex should wait.
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May 15th, 2007 at 08:35am
Don't you have a place so you can have this pill even under 18?

Here, we have that O_o
"Centre de plannification": you can discuss your sex problems with a specialist, see doctors and they give you birth control pill for free and the morning after pill too if you had any problems.
Of course they don't tell your parents about anything.
You go see them, have an appointment and that's it.

That's really cool.
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May 15th, 2007 at 11:58am
You can get the morning after pill from my college.
As long as you have unprotected sex on a Tuesday night, 'cause the nurse only comes in on Wednesday for some reason. -____-
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May 15th, 2007 at 12:21pm
we have a family planning clinic that young girls can go to. to get the morning after pill, and yes i do think that they should be able to go to the dr's for a prescription for the pill, after all they can go to the dr's to get contraceptives.
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May 15th, 2007 at 12:35pm
Yes, and they can also go to the gas station to get contraceptives.

And not allowing younger teenagers to get this pill will not keep them from having sex. It will only keep them from not getting pregnant.
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May 15th, 2007 at 12:55pm
Prescriptions need parental permission?
Well, not here. I thought doctors prescribed things, not parents.
And here, you can go to your doctor at any age without your parents knowing, and he can prescribe you your pill for free, if you're under 16. Hmm. I don't really see the problem.
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May 15th, 2007 at 12:57pm
Bloodraine:
Prescriptions need parental permission?
Well, not here. I thought doctors prescribed things, not parents.
And here, you can go to your doctor at any age without your parents knowing, and he can prescribe you your pill for free, if you're under 16. Hmm. I don't really see the problem.

Here, to see your doctor you have to have your insurance card and that is billed to your parents.

Unless, of course you aren't a minor in which case this doesn't matter.
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May 15th, 2007 at 01:08pm
Ah, how we love the NHS. Complete Doctor Patient confidentiality.
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May 15th, 2007 at 01:58pm
I'd honestly think keeping it (or having it) over 18 is a good idea. You could claim this is because I'm male, but that would be silly. Keeping it over 18 means that an adult will need to be involved and they can teach the child about safe sex. In my opinion, that is no bad thing.
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May 15th, 2007 at 02:19pm
Mastodon:
I'd honestly think keeping it (or having it) over 18 is a good idea. You could claim this is because I'm male, but that would be silly. Keeping it over 18 means that an adult will need to be involved and they can teach the child about safe sex. In my opinion, that is no bad thing.

That'd be better teaching a child about safe sex before they had 'unsafe' sex.
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May 15th, 2007 at 02:30pm
Cecilia:
That'd be better teaching a child about safe sex before they had 'unsafe' sex.


That's true, but at what age should you even be telling children about sex? A lot is made of how modern-day children are losing their innocence. I think it is possible to help children maintain their innocence while helping those who choose not to to learn about the consequences of such actions.
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May 15th, 2007 at 03:39pm
Mastodon:
Cecilia:
That'd be better teaching a child about safe sex before they had 'unsafe' sex.


That's true, but at what age should you even be telling children about sex? A lot is made of how modern-day children are losing their innocence. I think it is possible to help children maintain their innocence while helping those who choose not to to learn about the consequences of such actions.

What about not telling them, but leaving them asking the questions whenever they need/want to know?
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May 15th, 2007 at 03:53pm
Cecilia:
What about not telling them, but leaving them asking the questions whenever they need/want to know?


Hmmm. At a young age, that is probably best. But when they get to around 14 or 15 they really need to know.
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May 15th, 2007 at 05:03pm
Cecilia:
What about not telling them, but leaving them asking the questions whenever they need/want to know?

No offense, but terrible idea.

I never would have asked my parents about sex; my parents never discussed it.

My stepmother would have called me a whore, insisted I was having sex, and grounded me.

My dad... well, he was whipped.

Taking away this pill will not force parents to talk to their children and it will not keep teenagers from having unprotected sex.

It should be legal simply because people are unwilling to talk to kids about sex. In my sister's library there is a poster that tells them not to have sex before marriage. In our entire town 1/5 pharmacies sold the morning after pill. And my state produces over 50% of the entire country's unwanted pregnancies.

Coincidence?

No. Everything needs to be done to ensure that these kids can have safe sex, Christian morality aside. If they forget and worry after, give them the god damn pill. Would you rather have your kid not come to you and take it or come to you and be pregnant?
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May 15th, 2007 at 05:26pm
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Cecilia:
What about not telling them, but leaving them asking the questions whenever they need/want to know?

No offense, but terrible idea.

I never would have asked my parents about sex; my parents never discussed it.

My stepmother would have called me a whore, insisted I was having sex, and grounded me.

My dad... well, he was whipped.

Well maybe that's the problem then..
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