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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    There are no perfect answers. I do know that the answer is not giving the morning after pill. There are so many other consequences of sex. Disease, emotional trauma. If you just provide an out for pregnancy, you are enabling the rest to continue.
    I agree with what Melis said, if you don't provide this, then you have pregnancy on top of all of those other things. I think it's incredibly important that 12-year-olds don't get pregnant. I certainly agree that all of those other consequences are severe and important, but denying them easy access to the morning after pill doesn't make any of those things better and giving it to them doesn't make it worse.

    Sadly there is no perfect answer to this. But I think access to the morning after pill this way will help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post

    Who do you propose this "somebody" should be? A parent? If a girl wants her parents to be involved in her sexual health decisions, and believes that she will get the support she needs from them, then she *will* involve them. But what if she knows that she has a mom like Bonita who would do anything possible to keep her from interfering with what her mom believes is God's will? What if she knows that her father would beat the living daylights out of her? Should it be a doctor? How often can you get in to see your OB/GYN with less than 24 hours' notice? I can't! If she's old enough to make the decision about having sex, then she's old enough to make the health care decisions that go along with it. The fact is that the same 12-year-old could get a prescription for BCP without her parents knowing; why should we restrict her from getting the morning-after pill?

    If she's been raped, then yes, she should tell someone. And I think that message needs to come from parents before the rape happens, not when she shows up at a drugstore looking for Plan B. I think the instinct for most parents is to shelter their young girls from the reality that they might be voilated, but I'm not sure that's a good idea. I want my daughter to know that she can always say no, to anyone even a boyfriend, and she can change her mind, and that if anyone touches her in a sexual way that she doesn't want, that I will get her the help she needs. And the most immediately important help IMHO would be to keep her from getting pregnant from it.
    The "somebody" should be an adult that can fully explain that pregnancy is only one consequence that comes with choosing to have sex. Maybe a school nurse, a public health or planned parenthood employee? I am not sure the who talks to her is as important as the need for her to have some form of counseling about all the consequences she might face.

    ETA: Just because a mother is against abortion does not equal unsupportive. My mom was AWESOME in the sex area, could not have done a better job IMO. But she also made it very clear that abortion was not a choice she would ever find acceptable for us, unless we were raped. Because she was so open and helped so much with BC options we all avoided unwanted pregnancies. None of her 4 kids lacked for knowledge.
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    Luckily most children have fantastic access to that at public schools

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Luckily most children have fantastic access to that at public schools
    I am not sure I would call all access at public schools fantastic. Unfortunately school nurses have one of the things in our area that have been cut. In the district DH is with they have not one.
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    I agree that the ideal scenario isn't handing over a pill. But the alternative isn't better. YES these girls need help, need someone to talk to, need information. . .but are they getting that now? Will giving them a pill make that happen any less than it's happening now? I don't think so. I think this helps one small piece of a very difficult problem. The rest still needs addressing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    I am not sure I would call all access at public schools fantastic. Unfortunately school nurses have one of the things in our area that have been cut. In the district DH is with they have not one.
    Our schools all have nurses. And health teachers. And counseling services out the ying yang. I do recognize that all areas are mot like that- which makes the attacks on planned parenthood SO FRUsTRATING, dont you think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    I agree that the ideal scenario isn't handing over a pill. But the alternative isn't better. YES these girls need help, need someone to talk to, need information. . .but are they getting that now? Will giving them a pill make that happen any less than it's happening now? I don't think so. I think this helps one small piece of a very difficult problem. The rest still needs addressing.
    I just think the addressing needs to happen before she is handed a pill.
    This is a question, because I dont know the answer, not trying to be snarky. When the girls pick up the pill do they have to go to a pharmacy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mom3girls View Post
    I just think the addressing needs to happen before she is handed a pill.
    But who is going to address it? Who is addressing it now? No one. So the choice right now is keep things as they are, or keep things as they are AND prevent teenage pregnancy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    But what if she knows that she has a mom like Bonita who would do anything possible to keep her from interfering with what her mom believes is God's will?
    Where did you possibly get this from? If I believed that one of my girls were sexually active (Not now, but when they are older. If I thought they were now I would call the police), While I would try to talk them out of doing what I believe is a risky behavior, I would also take them to a doctor and address any physical needs they have. My religion or feelings on abortion are not relevant to this debate.

    I do not care if you or any other adult or even older teen takes the morning after pill. I do think a young teen should have to talk to someone before taking such a medicine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I do not care if you or any other adult or even older teen takes the morning after pill. I do think a young teen should have to talk to someone before taking such a medicine.
    My concern is that requiring this will prevent many, many young girls from taking it at all, and they will get pregnant.
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