Now That 15-Year-Olds Can Access Emergency Contraception, Can We Get Rid of Those Terrible Subway Ads?
After an election season infused with contraception-bashing partisanship, on Tuesday the FDA lowered the age at which a person can access Plan B One-Step to 15. The federal government had required that women under 17 years-old obtain a prescription for emergency contraception, but in early April, a federal judge ordered that the pill be made available over the counter without an age restriction by next week.*
"Research has shown that access to emergency contraceptive products has the potential to further decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the United States," FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said in a statement.
Does this mean we can fully ditch that god-awful ad campaign now? In March, New York City's own teen pregnancy prevention efforts came under fire for a series of subway posters featuring tearful, defeatist babies. "I'm twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen," some read. "Got a good job? I cost thousands of dollars each year," read another.