April 7, 2013
When A Judge Has Poor Judgement
I don’t think so.
Hey, dude, listen to this. There’s this thing called “Plan B”. A girl takes it after sex, and she won’t get pregnant.
After sex, not before?
Yup, and she only has to take it once!
So this judge in New York ruled that it should be really easy for girls to get, no matter how young they are.
Isn’t there already a pill that does that?
No, man, you’re thinking of “the pill”, which is a whole different thing. It’s a real hassle. She has to go to a clinic, get a prescription, and fill it at a pharmacy. That’s the place at the back of the drug store, where all those old people line up to pick up their heart medicines.
And she has to take it every day. I mean, who can remember, every day?
I can’t even remember to bring a pencil with me to school every day.
Right. Another thing about the pill is a girl needs to hide them from her parents. That can be tough, especially if she has a mom and dad who want to know what she’s up to, or a nosey sister who goes through her stuff.
Plan B is much better. No need for the clinic, no prescription. It’ll be on the shelf at the drugstore and supermarket. You could even go and get it for her – it’ll be like buying shampoo or razor blades. By the way, are you shaving yet?
Not even close.
Whatever. Thanks to that Judge, the whole thing will be simple. And with Plan B, there’s nothing to hide. Her parents will never know.
You’re right. This is good.
Good? Are you kidding, it’s great! Man, if you knew what guys like me had to go through at your age…
And just between us, lots of girls, especially virgins, aren’t sure what they want. They don’t feel ready, or they’re scared. If you have one of these pills with you, well…it’ll probably be easier, know what I mean?
Boy, do I. But I thought only girls can buy it?
C’mon, like the cashier is really gonna care? It’s like buying toothpaste, man!
So how much does Plan B cost?
That’s the only downside – it’s at least $35. But don’t worry, the way things are going, I’m sure there’s another judge out there who will remember what it was like to be fifteen, and will rule that Plan B should be available for free.
That’ll be great!
From my medical perspective, it certainly won’t be great. What Judge Korman’s ruling will do is undermine the message that every responsible parent, educator, and health provider must provide to young people: sex is a serious matter. A single encounter can change your life forever.
I believe we are going to see teen sex and STIs increase, and condom use decrease.
Until now, Plan B was available over the counter to girls seventeen and older. Wasn’t that young enough?