“If a pediatrician handed your teenage daughter a prescription for emergency contraception, would you be appalled — or help her fill it?” The question comes from a parenting blogger on the New York Times website.
This particular mommy blogger intends “to stock a bathroom drawer with condoms and the morning-after pill and a promise of no questions asked” when her children are teenagers (her oldest, a son, is currently 11).
I suppose it’s quite conservative of her to not have the supplies ready for her 11-year-old.
This is not, of course, a random academic blog post but a response to the American Academy of Pediatrics announcing that all girls should have emergency contraception prescribed as a matter of medical routine. After all, some New York City schools already do it, this blogger notes.
This strikes me as such a reminder. Stalwarts try to educate people, but when we tend to yawn as the dominoes start to fall, it’s going to be a lot harder to clean up when more of us take the time to notice (perhaps only when we realize our 12-year-old has a prescription for emergency contraception in her purse?)
Yes, some New York City schools dispense emergency contraception already (and give Depo-Provera, injections). And it’s not too late to say that’s crazy and demand something better and wiser out of education.