New Mexicans speak out on Plan B changes

Posted at: 05/01/2013 6:27 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Plan B or the so-called 'morning after pill' is now available to girls as young as 15 years old. No prescription or parental permission is needed. KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke with New Mexicans about what they think of the policy change.

"No! Uh-hu! That's too young," Annette Cooper said.

She said she thinks it's a big mistake. She thinks making the 'morning after pill' so available eliminates the family element from the decision. Cooper said she thinks making it so easy sends the wrong message to young girls.

"That gives them the go - the lead way to go - you know - to have sex. And it's too dangerous if you ask me," Cooper said.

At Duran's Pharmacy, Mona Ghattas says that customers still have to ask for 'Plan B'. Pharmacies have had it available to women 17 years old and older for a couple years. Duran's checks IDs and treats Plan B with the same care as any other over-the-counter drug.

"We usually give advice and we do that with all our medicines. And sometimes there's a little bit of stomach upset. But we always caution our patients of all side effects on any drugs that we dispense." Ghattas said. 

John Kurkowski is a single dad of a teenage girl and thinks getting Plan B is more responsibility than a 15-year-old needs or should have.

"It's like giving my kids permission to disobey me as a parent. I mean you know - just go out and be promiscuous and then go get something from somebody else whether I say it's ok or not," Kurkowski said.

The 'Plan B' medication is suggested for use within the first 72 hours after unprotected sex. It's available to anyone 15 years old or older, but a government id is required.