Kathleen Geier does a good job tearing apart Kathleen Parker’s objections to Plan B availability for teenage girls. Here’s Parker:
Question 2: Do you think that girls as young as 11 or 12 should be able to buy the morning-after pill without any adult supervision? Didn’t think so.
Question 3: If you answered yes to Question 2, are you a parent? Didn’t think so.
In addition to what Geier says to this, which you can read at the link, I’ll just note that I’m a parent, of a girl, who was 11 and 12, and I answer “Yes” to 2, because the only thing more dangerous than OTC Plan B for an 11 or 12 year old is a pregnancy.
I’m sure Parker considers herself a protector of youth endangered by the permissiveness and moral relativism of our liberal culture, but I’m not buying what she’s peddling. If you consider gun fethishism, anti-gay bigotry, and abstinence-only sex ed coupled with limits on contraception, Kathleen Parker and the rest of the right-wing moral scolds are nothing but a danger to America’s youth. They should be treated with the level of parental suspicion reserved for a scruffy old guy offering candy to kids out of the back of his van, or a Catholic priest.