Usually, societies try to reduce risks, especially those that are preventable. But we'd still rather give mainstream voice to ill-informed, nostalgic conservative malaise than enable teenage girls and adult women to manage their own reproduction.
Medical science, not political ideology, should govern which products are safe and effective. It is clear women of all reproductive ages will be better off when emergency contraception is easily accessible and in their hands.
High School students under the age of 19 account for approximately one-third of all newly diagnosed sexually transmitted infections in New York State. And not surprisingly, teen mothers are much less likely to graduate from high school than their peers who didn't give birth.
Social conservatives have every right to hold the religious belief that life begins at conception and to act accordingly in their private lives. But they don't have a right to distort science to achieve their ends.
After years of acknowledging that emergency contraceptives are safe and effective for nonprescription use, the government missed a tremendous opportunity to make emergency contraception more available to women who need it.