Give My Kid Plan B Behind My Back? Yes, Please!

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One mother's take on NYC schools' decision to give the morning after pill without parental consent.

Neuroscientists tell us that a person's judgment doesn't develop fully until the age of 25. But I don't need a research project to tell me that—I only need to remember what my friends and I got up to in our teens and early twenties. Or late twenties, come to think about it. It only makes sense that we, as a society, help clueless idiots like we were protect themselves from the consequences of their actions. 10 Percent Of Women Have Used The Morning-After Pill

And it is society's and the school's job. Parents should teach values and morality, but not necessarily the technical details. I'm still recovering from the HIV-prevention conversation my parents tried to have with me after I left for college. Almost 25 years later, I can still picture them frantically spouting medical information at me, practically weeping with relief when I told them about the flyers on the subject the housing department had slid under our dorm room doors, sparing them the need to contunue.

For now, if my daughter asks me for Plan B, I'll just walk her over to the doctor's office to get her a prescription. No judgment, hysteria or lectures. But she doesn't know that. No kid can know that for sure, no matter how much their mom assures them that's how it would go down. So I can't rely on my kid asking me for emergency contraception if she needs it. I'm hoping that by the time she starts high school, all the schools in NYC will offer Plan B. Until then, I guess the best I can do for her is talk to her pediatrician about figuring out another way she can get it behind my back.

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