17-year-old girls across America are exploring the world of sex and most of them want to be responsible and get birth control, just in case. They go to their parents to get their permission as is required; unfortunately it doesn't work. They risk it and are now the statistics of teen pregnancy. However, if, at 17, they could get birth control on their own, they would not be expecting babies right now.
The FDA is currently considering making the 'morning after' birth control pill available to 17-year-olds, without a perscription from a doctor, or parental permission.
The Los Angeles Times stated the 'morning after' birth control pill as: "it can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus....If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, Plan B can reduce a woman's chances of pregnancy by as much as 89 percent."
Many can not believe this decision because many think that, even at seventeen, these teens are still children and can not make their own decisions.
However, with this new found "freedom", may infact be a step in the right direction in ending he epidemic that is teen pregnancy.
Teenage girls know when they are getting close to having sex. They know when is the right time to start the pill and protect themselves, because no one wants to have a child as a teenager.
Teenagers aren't given credit for how smart they really are.
This new rule will make it easier for teenagers to get this birth control, and will definitely decrease the chances of teens getting pregnant.
When teens are restricted from birth control because of a doctor who doubts that the girl is really having sex, or a parent who just can't accept the fact that their daughter is growing up, they are just increasing the chance of a life change that none of them are ready for.
This new age limit is a great idea, why take that chance, when the daughter will grow up anyway?
This will help them grow up and will show that they are responsible and will prepare them even more for the future.
Abortions that resulted from unattainable birth control will no longer be with girls seventeen and up, and America will be just a little bit more respected around the world because of that decrease; no matter how small that decrease might be.