This letter to the Los Angeles Times about the move to make it legal for girls as young as 15 to buy the morning-after pill caught my attention. See if you can spot the baby elephant in the letter writer’s room:
Re “Birth control ruling appealed,” May 2
It is fitting that the online version of this article on the Obama administration’s appeal of an order to remove the age limit on Plan B emergency contraception appears on The Times’ Science Now blog.
As a pediatrician who has done extensive research on emergency contraception and young women, we need science now. Science must be the basis for these decisions, not politics.
Medical opinion is solidly united that this medication is safe for women of all ages, and research shows women know when and how to take it. There is simply no scientific reason to fight Plan B going over-the-counter for all women, and the new age limit will create restrictions for all women in need of Plan B.
This is politics trumping science again, and it’s bad medicine.
Tracey Wilkinson, MD
So, just like that, girls are now “women.” And Dr. Wilkinson decries politics. How about rhetoric?
Speaking of science over politics, does eugenics count? For that matter, how about nuclear energy, fracking, hormesis, DDT, biotech foods, etc? One wonders whether Dr. Wilkinson, who a bit of googling reveals is associated with Physicians for Reproductive Health, is in favor of science trumping politics for those disciplines, too.
Oh, and what if science determines that higher breast cancer rates can be blamed, in part, on women having fewer children–and having them later in life?