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Thread: should the morning after pill lose its age restriction?

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    I found the judges decision document. It's a 59 page pdf with much info.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...no-SJ-memo.pdf

    I haven't read the whole thing but on pg 14 it says:
    Specifically, census statistics demonstrate that there are fewer than two million 11-year-old girls in the United States. U.S. Census Bureau, Age and Sex Composition in the United States: 2011, available at Age and Sex Composition in the United States: 2011 - People and Households - U.S. Census Bureau. As the Secretary noted, “about ten percent of girls reach menarche by 11.1 years of age”; thus, there are fewer than 200,000 11-year-old girls of reproductive age in the country. Moreover, fewer than 3% of girls under the age of 13 are sexually active. Tina R. Raine et al., An Over-the-Counter Simulation Study of a Single-Tablet Emergency Contraceptive in Young Females, 119 Obstetrics & Gynecology 772, 779 (2012), Case No. 12-cv-762, Doc. No. 26-1. Thus, the potential population about whom the Secretary is concerned is infinitesimal, even if all of these young adolescents are unable to read a relatively simple emergency contraception label and use the drug appropriately. By contrast, 12% of the total population of the United States over the age of 16 are deemed to have “below basic” document literacy, a term defined by the National Center for Education Statistics as “the knowledge and skills . . . needed to search, comprehend, and use information from noncontinuous texts in various formats, such as . . . prescription labels.”
    National Center for Education Statistics, Fast Facts: Adult Literacy, available at Fast Facts. Obviously, if consumers cannot read and understand a drug label, they are likely to use the drug incorrectly without medical supervision, yet the Secretary has never demanded “data . . . [that] conclusively establish” that 100% of the potential users of a drug can understand the label.5 Nor has she or the FDA precluded the over-the-counter sale of drugs for that reason.
    I am still reading more.
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    No. Keep it the way it is. I don't like the idea that my hypothetical kids could take something like that without anyone really knowing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amanduh View Post
    No. Keep it the way it is. I don't like the idea that my hypothetical kids could take something like that without anyone really knowing it.
    Same.
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