East Texans respond to Plan-B pills being available for all ages

A federal judge is ordering the FDA to make the morning-after pill available without a prescription and without point-of-sale, or age restrictions. Edward Korman wants the pill to be available over the counter within the next 30 days. The Center for Reproductive Rights agrees with the ruling and has filed a lawsuit.

"Just to think that you know an 11, 12-year-old could get a hold of the pill. I'm just floored," Susanna Ramirez said.

Susanna Ramirez was viewing stories on KTRE's facebook page when she read Korman's ruling that the FDA must make the morning-after pill available for girls age 16 and under.

"My first reaction was no. There are other options. They need the support of their parents, relatives, school. They could go talk to a counselor or teacher," Ramirez said.

If this ruling is passed, it will leave one question for parents.

"If this is accessible, will it lead my daughter to make poor value judgments because of accessibility to contraception?" Lufkin ISD Superintendent Roy Knight said.

Quinton Centers feels the contraceptive should not be available for pre- teens or even teens for that matter.

"I think that anyone who's under 17 shouldn't be involved in that type of activity in the first place. So, to reduce the age of Plan-B being available I think it makes it more acceptable for the community, for young adults, and even young teenagers to go out and participate in more mature activities," Quinton Centers said.

Lufkin superintendent Roy Knight feels being able to access the morning-after pill should be a family decision between a daughter and her parents.

"I've had the sad opportunity to watch many little pregnant girls in my high school and even in my junior high. I don't know that this is the answer. You always hope that children will make sound judgments when they're in a pressure situation," Knight said.

Ramirez feels these pressure situations are dangerous for young ladies.

"What if they did get the pill and took it incorrectly? Some of these young girls can barely take care of themselves," she said.

Centers disagrees with the judge's ruling and hopes parents do, too.

"It's kind of destroying the community in a way. It's not really something that should be approved. I think that it's very negative. I wonder what people's parents would say if they found out their kids needed Plan B at age 12," he said.

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