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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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