I spend a lot of time with teen girls both on the brink of becoming sexually active and those who already are. They know sex makes babies and they know about HIV/AIDS, condoms and The Shot. The information is ubiquitous. Pregnancy or infection are possible consequences of sex. They know.
I laughed out loud when I read the fine print on the package which says,"Not intended to replace regular birth control. Plan B should be used in Emergencies only."
Haven't these people ever MET a teenager?
The makers of Plan B and their legislative allies are mistaken if they think everyone agrees what an "emergency" is. Maybe to the people trying to make sure every girl has EC in her purse "just in case" it means, "on those rare occasions when you have more sex than condoms" or "you haven't picked up your refill yet." But that's not what an emergency is to a 15 year old.
An emergency is "I just met him. He's totally hot. Neither one of us planned to hook-up. It just happened." THAT'S an emergency.
So is, "I had a fight with my boyfriend, then I had sex with another guy to make him jealous." Or, "My birth control is making me fat. Why should I take it all the time if I'm only having sex once a week?"
And if the bonus is she can escape the consequences of bad judgment by swallowing a pill Mom knows nothing about -- you betcha!
Back to my prediction about STDS. Most people (not just teens) are convinced they have ZERO CHANCE of getting a sexually transmitted infection. They believe they would be able to "tell" if someone is infected. [BTW, that's why condom use goes DOWN after high school -- because most girls are on birth-control by then. More partners, more random encounters, less protection... yep! According to Reuters, 60% of college students are infected with at least one STD.]
But, the biggest fear a teen has is pregnancy! And if the only thing Mom or Dad said is "don't get pregnant"... and you can pick them up with your Hello Kitty lip gloss... -- as I said, expect to see a HUGE increase in STDs.
There are already 9 million new infections among 18-24 year olds every year. They cause warts, infertility, blisters, discharge, pain, itching and death. Some of them last forever. Every single one of them is MORE PREVALENT, and MORE RESISTANT TO TREATMENT then they were just a few years ago.