Choosing Plan A over Plan B

Plan B contraceptive pill now available to girls under 18
by Thomas A. Flynn, LC | Source:

A recent article in the Washington Post reported that the Plan B contraceptive pill will now be within arms reach of minors.

The court ruling that will oblige the Food and Drug Administration to make Plan B available to girls under 18 years of age has been warmly welcomed by women’s health and family planning advocates across the board. Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, even went so far as to say that with this decision the FDA is “restor[ing] confidence in its ability to safeguard the public health and put medical science first.”

Yet one has to wonder how public health is safeguarded by offering a contraceptive pill to minors.  Consuming a pill that increases the level of hormones with the purpose of terminating a possible pregnancy does not sound healthy to me. Not to mention the fact that offering a contraceptive pill to minors will undoubtedly increase the amount of promiscuity between men and young girls. 

This is also a danger for society. With the “anything goes” mentality so prevalent today this decision by the FDA will unfasten the doors to greater immorality. That in turn will have its effects on diminishing the family, which is the true nucleus of a society.

But, above all, making the Plan B pill available to minors is the equivalent to telling them that it’s OK to have sexual relations as long as you take the proper “precautions”. I am all for women’s rights, but I don’t see how a contraceptive pill will advance the role or image of women in society.  It will not improve it but cause more harm by seeing women as a mere sex object.

Instead a real women’s health activist would promote the dignity of women and the positive role they can and should have in society. Girls should be taught the beauty of marriage and conjugal love as a union of two persons, not simply told to take a pill and do what they want. Plan A, abstinence, seems to be the best answer for women’s health and the good of society.

Perhaps the main promoter of Plan A in the new millennium was Pope John Paul II. Dedicating countless Wednesday Audiences over several years to themes of human sexuality and the theology of the body, he set the stage for the Catholic Church’s teaching on sexual morality. Pope Benedict XVI has taken that baton and also taken heat for it. His recent comment on the insufficient role of condoms in curing AIDS is just one example. 

If we were to place Nancy Northup and these popes side by side, I don’t think it would be difficult to decide who has done more in the advancement of public health and women’s rights. We do not help minors by facilitating immorality. Instead women’s rights advocates and the FDA should be more concerned with teaching youth about the beauty of marriage and the dignity of women. Perhaps one day we will read the headline, “Youth Unanimously Choose Plan A over Plan B: ‘We Choose to Respect Ourselves and Others.’”

Br Thomas Flynn, of the Legionaries of Christ, studies for the priesthood in Rome.

Click Here to Donate Now!

Join the new media evangelization. Your tax-deductible gift allows to build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. Please help us promote the Church's new evangelization by donating to right now. God bless you for your generosity.




Post a Comment
Write a comment on this article

Email required (will not be published)
required Country

Most Popular