The FDA has entered into a moral and ethical issue, not simply a medical issue, when they approved Plan B One-Step. The FDA seeks to make Plan B One-Step available for girls 15 and over and make it available over the counter…that is without a doctor’s prescription. In other words, minors would have access to birth control thanks to the FDA’s overstepping their authority. Are they not actually swapping birth control for parental control? By the way, whatever happened to abstinence? This is the most effective means of birth control there is. The public schools will teach sex education, educating our children about varying birth control methods but what they won’t teach is abstinence. Fortunately, the Justice Department has announced that it will appeal a recent court order, which brings up another issue: That courts are not designed to make laws but to enforce them…Congress’ job is to make laws, however that’s an issue for another day.
The old saying that if we fail to plan we plan to fail seems ridiculous for Plan B Step-One. The logic of teaching abstinence seems antiquated but long ago God had warned that sex before and outside of marriage is sin in the Bible ( Acts 15:20; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:13, 18; 10:8; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 7). The very groups that should be protecting our young girls are seemingly proponents of their sexual promiscuity as Susannah Baruch, CEO of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project said “Both announcements, and particularly taken together, highlight this administration's apparent willingness to cut corners on women's health [and that] there is simply no medical justification for the FDA's move this week or for the administration's decision to appeal. This is only political interference in scientific decision making." Apparently Mr. Baruch does not believe that “marriage [should] be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled [and that] God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Heb 13:4).
Are we to believe that it is best for adolescent girls to not even need a prescription to have access to an emergency contraceptive or that it will inhibit their sexual promiscuity in any way? It would seem that Plan B Step-One would actually give incentive to under-age girls having sex instead of promoting their abstinence. Parents of young girls and boys, believe Plan B Step-One has sidestepped parental authority. As a father and grandfather, I have a 15 year old girl and this makes me angry. Plan B Step-One is nothing less than a convenient way to avoid paying the consequences of pre-marital, adolescent sex. Are these young girls going to need an ID at the counter? How many adolescent girls even have a photo ID which shows their birth date and just who can tell a young girl's exact age? I would question Mrs. Baruch’s statement that prohibiting the use of Plan B Step-One by adolescent girls interferes “in scientific decision making.” Really!? Is this scientific decision making the real problem or isn’t it actually an ethical or moral decision that more easily allows an adolescent girl to have sex outside of marriage? Is preventing Plan B Step-One’s use really cutting “corners on women’s health” or is it cutting corners on teaching children that sex outside of marriage is wrong?
Susan Wood, a professor with George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services, criticized President Obama by saying that Plan B is “safe and effective.” Doesn’t she really mean that Plan B is quick and convenient? How safe and effectively is it in protecting against sexually transmitted diseases or HIV? Plan B Step-One says that it only reduces the chance of pregnancy but there are risks that we should be made aware of: Significant weight gain, depression, ovarian cyst enlargement, gall bladder disease, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of ectopic pregnancy but we are still told that its “safe and effective.” Since it may prove difficult to prove Mrs. Wood still says that is “safe and effective.“ Will she be there to ensure that a young girl is actually 15? What if some are actually only 13? How do we know that these young girls are going to understand the proper dosage, the safe usage and be able to understand the potential side effects and risks?
Giving Plan B Step-One over the counter to underage girls only proves that “the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the spirit” (Prov 16:20) and “The way of fools seems right to them” (Prov 12:15) but even the wise “think their own ways are right” (Prov 21:2). Dispensing Plan B Step-One to adolescent girls without a prescription…and without their parents permission…is testimony to the fact that when those without the Spirit of God do “what [is] right in [their] own eyes” (Judges 17:6) “people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because [they] have rejected knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). When we reject biblical knowledge, we are actually rejecting God as our King (1 Sam 8:7). And there is no doubt we will be paying the consequences for it.
We have kicked God out of the public square, we have kicked Him out of business, we have kicked Him out of government, and we have kicked Him out of schools and when something as horrific as a school shooting occurs, people cry, “Where was God?“ I tell them, “Don’t you remember? You kicked Him out!“
Jack Wellman is Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible.