But You Need A Photo ID To Buy Cold Pills!
If I catch a cold and want to buy pills that help my breathe ( you know, the ones with pseudo ephedrine ), I have to jump through a bunch of hoops.
First, I have to find a pharmacy that has a druggist on duty. I then have to produce a Photo ID showing that I am who I claim to be and that I am over the age of 18.. I then have to wait for my personal information to be entered into whatever computer system the drug store uses. I then have to sign a document acknowledging that I am purchasing the cold pills. Then, and only then, can I get my medication!
On the other hand, based on a court ruling last week, if a 13 year old girl has just had unprotected sex with her 17 year old boyfriend, no worries. All the girl has to do is walk into the drug store, grab the "morning after pill", pay for it at the counter and be on her way.
No consultation with a pharmacist as to how to use the drug, no discussion with a physician about potential dangers of the drug and no need to tell mom or dad what you've been up to!
Even President Obama understands why this is a bad idea.
In Wisconsin, it's a felony for someone 16 or over to have sex with someone under 16. Yet with no parental consent and no physician involvement, the same 14-year-old girl who doesn't possess the ability to "consent" to sex can get the morning after pill no questions asked?
I understand that teenage pregnancy is a huge problem. At the same time, children having sex is a big problem as well (think, among other things, sexually transmitted diseases). By making the "morning after pill" available to all, we unquestionably make it easier for kids to have sex and think they can avoid the consequences.
If nothing else, it's inevitable that the "morning after pill" will become the birth control method of choice for minors since young girls now won't need to see a doctor in order to get a prescription for regular birth control pills. It also allows the same minors to bypass the parental involvement that typically comes with making an appointment to see a doctor.
And neither one of these situations is a good thing.
In Wisconsin, a minor can't get a tattoo without parental consent. That same minor can, however, get Plan B no questions asked!
What a truly messed up world.
But don't worry, you still need a photo ID to buy cold pills ....