Parents need say in ‘Plan B’

Exactly where do parents fit in regarding parenting on matters of sexuality? I hope it is still all right they talk with their children about the birds and the bees. Nevertheless, when it comes down to parents having actual control over their children’s do’s and don’t, government, or rather U.S. District Judge Edward Korman, took a big one away.

Korman ordered the FDA to give 17-year-olds over-the-counter access to the “morning-after” pill. And, that’s not all. He also directed the FDA to evaluate clinical data to determine whether parents should be deleted from the loop altogether with any age of child.

In Korman’s ruling last month, he said former FDA appointees disregarded science for politics in restricting previous over-the-counter access to “Plan B.” However, Korman did much worse. He disregarded the valuable role of parents.

With parenting comes not only responsibilities but rights. Without both, parents become babysitters for the party with the real rights and authority. In this case, it’s government.

All the talk parents give their children about having their heads connected to their bodies can come to naught. And, if teens are weighing the consequences of doing what comes naturally, they have one more thing to consider. If they don’t want to tell their parents and don’t want to sacrifice because of a pregnancy and childbirth, they have an easy way out. They can take a pill. And, their parents don’t need to know a thing.

I’m fighting mad that my profession – mothering – has been hijacked by the government. What’s next? Will the government feed and clothe the children? Will it teach them their version of right from wrong? Will government attempt to do just about everything parents are supposed to do? Seems government is heading in that direction.

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One Response to Parents need say in ‘Plan B’

  1. Beth S. says:

    This is nothing new in terms of "rights". Did you know that minors who are over age 12 can receive legal confidential reproductive health care? Parents do not need to be informed(except in the case of an abortion). In my opinion , by age 17, minors would be able to make a decision. Of course the best scenario is to have a frank discussion with your child on sexual matters in elementary school. Kids are much more exposed to sexual TV programs, movies and messages now than we were at their age. It would be ideal to start having an open forum with your child so that they can discuss anything with you. Its a tough world out there. I know, I have two kids, age 13 and 15!

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