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5/8/2013 9:34:00 AM
Letters to the editor: We're putting too much power in hands of teen girls

How strange and contradictory our society has become. A doctor, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or pharmacist must study for years and obtain an advanced degree before they may legally prescribe or dispense prescriptions for drugs. But a teenage girl, who has probably not even taken the most basic courses in anatomy and physiology, biology, microbiology or pharmacology, is considered to be intellectually and educationally mature enough to determine that it is safe for her to take a drug that is designed to cause a malfunction of her reproductive system.
Medical professionals are expected to know how drugs act; what their side effects might be; how they interact with other medications or foods; and who should not use them because of other health conditions. But a judge, who probably has no more medical qualifications then a teenaged girl, can declare it “legal” for that girl to buy such drugs over the counter with no medical or parental guidance. That judge should be impeached!
Have we come full-circle back to the days when it was perfectly legal to sell narcotic-laced elixirs to anyone with the money to buy them? Are the only qualifications for selling them again to be an ability to market a myth to con people out of their money? Planned Parenthood should be proud of how well their philosophy of sex without consequences has taken root in our culture.
Patricia (Pat) Wagner, RN, BSN, Natural Family Planning Institute, Utica

Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Metalworker may or may not be right, but Metalworker feels right about what Metalworker has posted.
It appears however Metalworker has been banned from commenting any further on this issue.
The good fairy has spoken and that is that, three responses have been censored and first amendment rights have been trampled on.
Keep up the fight on a just cause Ron.

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

It's ignorant to expect me, or anyone, to give up person information. I can say with confidence that I walk the walk regarding this issue.

Who's dodging Ron? Can you answer my questions?

Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Article comment by: ronwood61

Metalworker is definitely correct.

Posted: Monday, May 13, 2013
Article comment by: Kepha

Thomas Aquinas answers your first question better than I ever could...
“Hence, after the sin of homicide whereby a human life already in existence is destroyed, this type of sin (contraception) appears to take next place, for by it the generation of human nature is impeded.” Summa contra gentiles, 3, 122.

Though we are really good friends, I'm not comfortable talking finances with you (I won't ask your annual income). Also, it distracts from the topic at hand...and asking is very bad manners.

Again, when does 'human life' begin?
Is it a good idea to give a 15yr old girl this freedom?

Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013
Article comment by: ronwood61

Kepha, you are our regions foremost Catholic Lay biblical scholar so others reading these comments must consider this when reading here. Since you do not believe in contraception, are people who take birth control pills or use other contraceptive devices guilty of abortion for stopping potential life?
How much money to support these unwanted babies would satisfy me? That is dodging my question. How much have you given and to who? Perhaps Metalworker is correct, talk, talk, talk.

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