Recently, the FDA stated that the age restriction requiring a prescription for Plan B should be dropped from 17 to 15. This was a huge win for the reproductive rights community and women as a whole! This does not mean that it would be over the counter, but requires you to show an id to buy Plan B from behind the counter like decongestants.
Before going into the arguments behind this medication, I will describe how it works. Plan B will halt ovulation, or will stop the fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall. If the egg is attached to the uterine wall, then Plan B will not work and a zygote will develop.
This progress does not come without some serious backlash however. Many critics argue that it takes away parent’s agency over their child. And that the government is stretching its powers to far. They have even gone as far as to say that these people should not have access to an abortion pill (which it is not.)
While I initially struggled with people under the age of consent could get access to this pill, I realized this had nothing to do with it. By having an age limit, we are taking out agency of the people who are having sex regardless of their age and perpetuating the idea that our bodies belong to someone (in this case the 15-17 y/o parents.) Also in the case of rape, I feel that people should have access to this medication without difficult boundaries.
The issue with this medication of course stems from our societies issues our sex culture, and hopefully this is a step closer to acknowledging female agency in sexual and reproductive health and culture.