Most alarmingly, keeping Plan B behind the counter especially affects cases of sexual abuse. If a young girl needs birth control at the age of 11 or 12, she may be the victim of the crime.

While getting a prescription would alert the doctor and other adults to the abuse, it would not be fast enough to prevent a pregnancy.

In even more unfortunate circumstances, getting a prescription means going to your family doctor, which could translate to telling your parents. If your parents are the one causing you harm, then requiring their consent to remedy the immediate effects of their sexual abuse exacerbates the problem….

The most disheartening aspect of this [legislation] is the lack of trust the government puts in the decisions of young girls.

~ Adrienne Edwards, NextGenJournal, December 12

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