Young females have right to contraception

Published: August 24, 2013
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“Group seeks to mislead in contraception debate” (Our Views, Aug. 16) calls the morning-after pill “so-called emergency contraception.” This medication is in fact emergency contraception. It doesn't induce abortion. And it's statistically safe. The editorial raises the specter of 12-year-olds buying the medication. That's possible, but unlikely. The Centers for Disease Control reports that the live birthrate of females 10-14 years old is .07 percent. For 12-year-olds it's statistically 0 percent.

The editorial refers to all females under the age of 17 as “children.” When one of these “children” is forced by her parents via the state to give birth, will she still be called a child? No, she will not. And in Oklahoma the age of legal sexual consent is 16. The editorial asserts that this medication “can interfere with parental influence regarding an activity that can have life-altering repercussions for a child.” Should parents, through the state, have the power to prevent their female offspring from using emergency contraception and to force them to have babies? No such assertion about parental influence is ever made about young males who use condoms. A female of age to conceive should have exactly the same right to contraception as a male who is of age to cause conception.

Kris Lackey, Norman



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