Seriously, if we believe a 14 year old is too immature to know how to take a pill, do we really think she’s adult enough to handle an unwanted pregnancy?
The truth is that the age restriction is completely arbitrary, tied only to our puritanical comfort levels. And listen, I get it; I think it’s fair to say that most people are uncomfortable with the idea of a 14 year old having sex. But here’s the thing - access to Plan B isn’t about keeping a 14 year old from having sex - by the time she gets to the pharmacy, that ship has sailed - it’s about keeping a 14 year old who has already had sex from getting pregnant. And despite what urban legend (or past embarrassing FDA memos) may tell you, making emergency contraception more available is not more likely to make young teens have sex - it will just make them less likely to end up pregnant.
We can’t let our discomfort with teen sex trump young people’s right to sexual and reproductive health and we can’t continue to let politics trump science. If we care about young women’s health and bodily autonomy and integrity, we’ll drop all age restrictions from emergency contraception. Anything less isn’t just illogical - it’s immoral."
make 2014 about you, remove toxic relationships from your life! workout if you want to, don’t if you don’t want to! learn new things! make a new friend! buy that cute sweater! find a hobby that makes you happy and frickin rock it! go for long walks outside! do something 2013 you would be proud of!
— Benedict Cumberbatch (x)
Picture the scene.
it’s 9pm on January 1st 2014
you turn on the tv
and suddenly your eyes widen in horror
because Stephen Moffat is on the screen
just his face
and he leans in towards the lens
and he whispers, his dark eyes fixed on you,
‘I said New Year’s Day.. But not which year..’
the screen turns black
then four words appear
‘see you next year..’
The hiatus continues