By Taylor Armerding
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Apr 19, 2013, 02:56 PM EDT
Apparently, politics trumps that kind of science.
You, my outspoken fans and equally outspoken critics, know I rarely agree with President Obama's policy decisions. But on this issue, he is absolutely correct. I applaud his willingness to say what any sane adult would say in these circumstances - that it violates "common sense" to let juvenile females make potentially life-altering decisions on their own.
As Dr. Marc Siegel, associate professor of medicine at New York University, noted recently, these circumstances are when a doctor should be involved.
"A good doctor knows how responsible her patient is, what the risks of taking a drug are, and whether a medication such as the morning-after pill is being used appropriately for an unexpected emergency or is actually encouraging more reckless sex and promiscuity," he wrote.
And even if most young teens use it appropriately, Siegel cites studies that show those who don't can suffer from vomiting, cramping, or excess bleeding.
Whatever happened to the "if-it-saves-even-one-life" mantra from the left-wingers who are applauding this decision?
Labeling a girl a woman, even if it is a judge doing it, does not make it so. Ask any caring and concerned parents of a 14-year-old girl if their daughter is a woman and they will likely ask if you are joking.
Most of them think even their 17- and 18-year-olds are children. I can't count the number of times when, as a local newspaper editor, frantic parents would call or come into the office, desperate to keep news about the arrest of their offspring out of the paper. "He (or she) is just a kid," they would declare, sometimes in tears.
I took no pleasure in telling them that in the eyes of the law, their kids are adults.
"Your problem is with society, not me," I told them.
A judge who declares that kids are adults when it comes to sex and emergency birth control is not doing anyone any favors, especially these vulnerable young girls.
- Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at email@example.com.
July 12, 2014
July 10, 2014
July 7, 2014
June 19, 2014
June 11, 2014
June 7, 2014
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Daniel Snyder has come under fire for refusing to change the mascot of his NFL team, the Washington Redskins. The Redskins, however, are far from being the only controversial mascot in sports history. Here is a sampling of athletic teams from all areas of the sports world that were outside the norm.
July 28, 2014
© 2014 Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. ·
CNHI Classified Advertising Network ·
CNHI News Service
Associated Press content © 2014. All rights reserved. AP content may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Our site is powered by Zope. Some parts of our site may require
you to download the Flash Player Plugin.
Terms and Conditions
Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN
8109 Kingston St., Suite 500