Freelancer Mariam Williams writes a provocative piece in The Courier-Journal about a federal official's recent rejection of a proposal to allow girls 16 and under to obtain the morning-after pill without a prescription.
Williams speaks to girls who fall in this age group and highlights the advantages and disadvantages of the decision, which was made last week by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, despite a recommendation to the contrary by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
"Her decision will come at a cost to me and every other adult woman of child-bearing age," Williams writes. "It will set a precedent for every time someone wants to ignore science and embrace an ideology that not everyone else believes. Her actions will tell them that's OK, and when a pharmacist denies a grown woman's request for the morning-after pill, or when people who believe a fertilized egg is a person can't give any scientific reason for the laws they want to pass, they'll point to Kathleen Sebelius.
"But I believe you and girls younger than you are worth the danger her decision put all of us in. She did this to protect you where the adults in your life have failed you, to push you to talk to an adult if you're having sex or if you've been sexually assaulted so that you can get the information you need to be as safe as possible. So I hope you take your behavior seriously. We women do." (Read more)