Statement as issued Friday by Indiana Right to Life:
“Indiana Right to Life strongly disagrees with today’s ruling expanding the availability of the morning-after pill to all girls,” said Sue Swayze, Legislative Director for Indiana Right to Life. “The morning-after pill isn’t like taking an aspirin. It is used after sexual activity and it can end a human life in early stages of development. Distributing the morning-after pill without a prescription attempts to signal that there are no repercussions of the morning-after pill on the health and well-being of a young girl.
“We believe a prescription requirement for girls under the age of 17 provides critical oversight. In the state of Indiana, sexual activity by anyone under the age of 14 is considered sexual assault and must be reported to child protective services. We are very concerned that if today’s ruling stands, child abuse may go unreported and unnoticed.
For example, if today’s ruling stands, a 10-year-old could go to the local drug store and buy the morning after pill without anyone knowing and without the store reporting that to her parents or child-protective services. The current prescription requirement helps provide a mechanism for oversight if a young girl is being abused or coerced into sexual activity.
“We urge the Obama administration to appeal this ruling because there are simply too many risks to making the morning-after pill available without a prescription.”
Indiana Right to Life’s mission is to protect the right to life, especially of unborn children, through positive education, compassionate advocacy and promotion of healthy alternatives to abortion.