Subject: Over-The-Counter Birth Control Drugs For Teens Without Requirements To Inform Parents Or Obtain Their Permission.
OP-ED by John Liming
To: Mr. and Mrs. America – Everywhere!
I guess this is a hot button issue for contemporary times so I am wading in with my two cents worth – - – and that is just about what my opinion is worth on this subject – - – two lousy cents!
Do I think that young teens ought to be able to purchase over-the-counter morning after birth control pills without parents or personal physicians knowing anything about it or giving their permission beforehand? No! Hell no! I do not approve of that kind of thing simply because I think the issues involved are far too important.
I think there should be some kind of notification to responsible parties such as parents and/or doctors, but by the same token I also do not think that such preventive measures should be denied because human nature and the involved biological drives are sometimes overwhelmingly intense at a young age – - – I know because I have been there a long time ago and I understand the power of the natural personal chemistry and the associated urges. I think in some cases that simple “Will Power” is definitely not enough to prevent some pretty unhappy circumstances in some instances.
I am on board with providing things that might play a role in preventing sexually transmitted diseases – - – and in some cases even things designed to prevent unwanted conceptions and I am in favor of allowing these things at the age when a person becomes sexually active. To me that only makes common sense.
I am hearing a lot of arguments coming from the supposedly Conservative Right – - – especially those who claim to be “Christian” Conservative Rightists – - – about how individual religious belief and moral and family values should play the most important role in controlling early age sexual activity – - – but I also believe that none of that kind of stuff goes much beyond the “mumbo-jumbo” stage in being anywhere near effective as a deterrent to potential disaster.
Because of the intensity of the chemistries involved in these biologic urge situations, I am hard pressed to believe that simple “mind-over-matter” is going to be enough to address the issues properly – - – but if the radical right wants to believe that it is, then who am I to argue with them? After all – - – wouldn’t that be a matter of choice among those who think that way?
The one principle that seems inviolate to me in these matters however is this one – - – “I do not think the government has any business sticking their noses into the private and/or intimate aspects of human relationships – - – at any age! Period!
So in my opinion – - – yes! Let the young people buy their contraceptive devices and medications but get the responsible adults involved so that proper counselling and adequate support might be given too. I kind of think too much leeway in these kinds of situations might lead to a sort of destabilization of intra-family relationships and I think that support and counselling of children – - – in all situations – - – until they have reached the age of majority – - – is essentially a parental responsibility – - – and one of the highest privileges that the act of living involves.
I think the drugs in question should be available but I also think that the family and the physician cannot be cut out of the picture – - – the family and the physician have been strong and viable support for children since I can remember and these are ties and resources that need to be both maintained, reinforced and emphasized. I think there is already too much decentralization in the family unit and we do not need to add to it in such important matters as these intimate human interrelationships.
But – - – everybody has their opinion don’t they?
What is yours?
Posted by John Liming at 9:48 pm