Many conservatives are skeptical about the FDA’s decision to approve non-prescription sales of Plan B pills to girls as young as 15. But Media Matters doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. Worrying about the short- and long-term effects of the pill on girls’ bodies? Believing in the importance of parental consent? That is, like, so backward and wingnutty!

This afternoon, MMFA registered its annoyance with us knuckledraggers for our silly notions about parents having a say in their children’s health:

Those “young women”? They’re 15.

Fifteen years old.

And here’s a newsflash for you, MMFA: Despite what Melissa Harris-Perry says, children are parents’ personal responsibility.




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  • Mister A

    It’s that damn “responsibility” word. We just can’t seem to get a handle on what it means! Forget accountability, we won’t know the meaning of that word until maybe the Brave New World hits.

  • CO2 Producer

    And giving in to having sex when you’re 15 is responsible, right?

    • CatHerder

      I am of two minds about this. Mama was a married woman at sixteen, she had me at 21. Loretta Lynn was married at 12, a mother at 13. I know that there are a lot more options now, with birth control and longer life spans on average. Still, historically, women married (and presumably had sex) much younger than in recent history.

      History notwithstanding, I do not wish to see my granddaughters rushing things. I would like them to progress at a more leisurely pace, enjoying each stage as it manifests.

      Hey, a guy can dream, right?

      • CO2 Producer

        It was reported last year that Loretta Lynn’s admitted birth date was off by three years, which means she got married at 15 and had her first child at 16. At least she got married before she had children.

        • CatHerder

          I never heard that, thanks.

  • CR

    If you are fifteen years old and think you need Plan B, I’d pretty much say personal responsibility has already gone out the window. Sorry. I think by virtue of the fact that you’ve apparently had unprotected sex at age 15, this alone indicates that you are not really responsible enough to make the choice of using Plan B on your own (and if you didn’t make the choice and it was a rape, then I think your parents or some reasonable adult probably ought to know that information too).

    • nc

      Not to mention the police.

  • grais

    The problem is that these folks were every bit as mature and responsible at 15 years of age as they are now, if you catch my drift.

  • $30423294

    By the way, you must understand that the leftist’s number one goal is to stay an adolescent forever.

    A pregnancy conflicts with this fantasy because — as all the adults on this board know — a child has a lovely way of making its parents grow up.

    Leftists are afraid to grow up.

    Once you understand this, you understand the hatefulness and hysteria of the left when it comes to the slightest possibility of having a child.

    Leftists think we don’t notice.

    Guess what leftists? We notice.


    But dems don’t think kids should be able to drop out at fifteen. We all know why that is though.

  • Josephine (D)

    Never mind that this pill kills new human life, and is an easy cover-up for statutory rape and sexual abuse, and does nothing to prevent STDs.

  • camnpat

    Only in the age of Obama 15- year olds are “adult” enough to get the day- after pill and have
    careless sex while 26-year olds are not “adult” enough to pay for their own
    health care.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Media Matters needs to wake up and smell the coffee!

  • nc

    This actually makes perfect sense because, as we all remember, at age 15 we all made perfectly rational and responsible decisions.

    What are you laughing at?

  • Kate

    So girls today can buy the morning after pill before they can legally drive a car.

    We live in a strange world.

    • bonnieblue2A

      More importantly their abusers and those committing statutory rape can force this pill on the girls to cover their crime trail. Will these be handed out like Tylenol at the school nurse’s office?

      What happens when the girls, not under the supervision of a physician, hemorrhage too long and are afraid to seek medical aid or tell their parents?

      • Jennifer Wheeler

        What are you talking about, hemorrhage too long??? The pill is not an abortion pill, it does not make you bleed. It’s an emergency contraceptive , just a higher dose birth control. I’m a conservative who works in healthcare, but I’m getting disgusted by the amount of misinformation being said about the pill. Educate yourself about a subject before you comment incorrectly on it.

        • Jennifer Wheeler

          In addition, the pills does not cover up DNA evidence left by rape. So again you are an idiot.

          • AMSilver

            And how long does DNA evidence left by a rape last? Unless the answer is ‘forever,’ then the point stands. Bonnie’s point re: statuatory rape is that if the girl is picking up the pill to hide a possible pregnancy resulting from rape then the fact that there was DNA evidence is irrelevant because no one’s going to know to look for it.

  • Danceswithtruth

    So let me get his straight.
    If I refuse a certain medical procedure the state wants to get involved and take my child as ward of the state for neglect. Yet no parental consent needed here.
    At 15 you are too young to: smoke, drink, drive a car, vote, or have sex that isn’t considered statutory rape, but you are now old enough to take an “abortion” pill?
    At 15 parents are still, by law, required to send their child to school. They are still responsible for providing their needs. Parents are held liable monitarily and legally if the child makes a bad decisions. Yet, no parental consent to take this pill.
    15 year-olds cannot enter into contracts of any kind. They must have parental/guardian signatures on just about every type of request, from field trips, sport events, passports, etc. But no parental consent needed here.
    Yet, “children” up to the age of 26 can be included on insurance.
    What a wacko, up-side down world we live in.

    • nc

      In Gosse Pointe, MI, 15 year-olds (in fact the entire student body) had to get parental permission to hear Rick Santorum speak last week.

  • notenoughtime

    Take about a war on women, young women. There is no evidence that consistent use of this drug does not have long term effects. No responsible parent wants their 15 year old in a relationship that goes much further than they are emotionally and physically prepared. The left are the once obsessed with sex and in their minds any age is appropriate. Nowhere in their mindset do they have the best interest of those involved.

  • ceemack

    The brain of a 15-year-old isn’t fully developed yet. .

    The same appears to be true for the people at MMFA.

  • j p

    These days if Mommy says no she will tell Mommy that she hates her and wants to go live with Daddy, and the reverse if she lives with Daddy already. I thought that studying nature we found that creatures who live under the guidance of their parents the longest are the most highly intelligent. Now human children are off living by their animal instincts at younger ages all the time and are only funded by their parents. Time to put out the party decorations and bowls of “Plan B”, the school dance starts in a few minutes.

  • Raye09

    Plan b is just that, plan b(it will not terminate an existing pregnancy and there is a 72 hour period where it is effective, so it’s not an abortion pill). By no means is it a main form of birth control, it is used when the pill and condoms fail. I am 22, I know plenty of people my age who refuse buy condoms(they feel weird is the excuse) or get $9 birth control at Wal-Mart(they think it will make them fat) but will run out and drop 50 bucks every other week on plan b.
    Adults don’t use it correctly, what makes these people think kids will?

  • Pat Loudoun

    I went over to MMFA to check out the comments. Those idiots actually believe the parents should have no say. When I pointed out that the parents are legally responsible for the childs health and welfare, the asnwer was “if she can get pregnant, she’s a woman.”

    A complete refusal to accept the legal definition of a minor. Absolutely amazing.

    • Orlando Cee

      “…if she can get pregnant, she’s a woman.”

      So the MMFA is saying the age of consent is 15 solely based a girl’s ability to get pregnant?


  • SJ’s Dad

    What’s next in this age of liberal enlightenment:
    Elementary school field trip to the brewery/distillery/vineyard . . . although those would actually be educational . . . Liquor store then?

  • TheOriginalDonald

    Responsibility-That’s NOT the liberals’ policy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!