Is Plan B a boon for sexual predators?

02May09

Today,  I read a very interesting reason for being against Plan B. Some opponents claim that Plan B is bad for women because it removes any consequences for rapist and pedophiles from having sex!

From “The Other McCain” blog: “What next? Over-the-counter roofies?”

Plan B—the drug that allows guys to breathe a sigh of relief the morning after using some chick for selfish pleasure—will now be available to 17-year-olds without a prescription.

Who cares that she’s not even old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes legally? Get her drunk on wine coolers, get what you want, then the next morning, take her to CVS to get Plan B and make sure there’s no chance the slut will show up in a few months talking child support payments and DNA tests.

So guys, if you screw a 17-year-old and “forget” to use a condom, remember: Nothing says “thanks a lot, you cheap whore” like the gift of Plan B!

Kelly Darrah, from Eastern University has a great take on this new, crazy, rationale to oppose contraception for women.

I came across many uneducated and unfounded claims about what will happen now that the pill is available to 17-year-olds. One comment by “Leticha” read, “This truly gives the rapists, pediphiles etc, the ‘green light’ to victimize their prey and as an afterthought, toss out the pill to make sure the inevitable doesn’t happen.”

First of all, “Leticia,” learn to spell “pedophile.” Second, you know, I’m sure rapists are so excited about this Plan B fiasco.

A little known fact about rapists is that they are actually expert planners. Before they set out on their raping escapades, there is one essential factor with which they all comply: they must have their rape kits ready! What, you ask, do these rape kits include? Well, one important thing is gloves-one can never be too careful in leaving behind fingerprints. Second, condoms are a must, as they prevent a different kind of “fingerprint” from being left behind. And last, but certainly the most important, a rapist never forgets to pack some extra Plan B pills-the last thing he needs is more offspring he’ll never think or care about.

Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but I highly doubt that rapists are concerned with whether their victims become pregnant. Plan B is not going to increase rape by being available to one more age group. But the person who wrote the above quote obviously doesn’t realize how ridiculous a notion that is.

For those of you who have a problem with Plan B being available to minors, I urge you to do all you can to support family planning programs, because education about safe sex is the most effective method in decreasing unintended pregnancies and thus, the need for emergency contraception.

Thanks Kelly for the great analysis. Read more here.

Here are some further thoughts on the scenarios listed above. Rape is a horrible, traumatizing event. Women who are raped want Plan B and its horrifying that we have to fight so hard to make Plan B available in all hospital emergency rooms. Don’t you think a woman who has been raped would appreciate not having to worry if she conceives the child of a rapist?

And if an older man is taking advantage of a 17 year old, he already can buy Plan B without a perscription. The new law that allows 17 year olds to get plan b without a perscription does not apply to him.

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