Posted on 10 December 2010.
As teenagers, one of the most coveted accomplishments is receiving a driver’s license. If you lived in Arkansas, Arizona, or Iowa, you could get your learner’s permit at 14. In New Jersey you could get a permit at 16, but you’d have to have it for 180 days before getting a license. In Massachusetts, you can’t get a license until you turn 18. In Ohio you could get your permit at 15 1/2 but you’d need to have it for 6 months before you could get your license. This resolution is attempting to create a national standard for obtaining a first-time driver’s license. The national rule would be that you may get a learner’s permit at 16, but you must have the permit for six months and complete a driver’s education program to obtain your license. So should regulations about driver’s licenses be up to the state or the nation at large?
Posted in Domestic Affairs
Posted on 26 November 2010.
In 2006 the FDA ruled that Plan B, a contraceptive drug that requires the user to take two pills within 72 hours of sexual intercourse, should be available to women over 18 without prescription. Yet, recently a district judge in New York ordered the FDA to lower the legal age to obtain Plan B without a prescription to 17. Advocates have lauded the decision as groundbreaking and progressive, while others feel that lowering the legal age to 17 does not go far enough. Citing the high rate of teen pregnancies in the U.S., many argue that pharmacists should be required to provide the Plan B morning-after birth control pill to women as young as 15. The two years in between may not constitute a significant difference in biological condition or maturity. However, conservative groups and critics of contraception have censured plans to increase the availability of Plan B, claiming it will result in increased teenage promiscuity. Many claim that allowing 15 year-olds to procure birth control pills is tantamount to tacitly encouraging children to have sex. Others even postulate that the morning-after pill could be detrimental to the health of a developing teenage body. Should teenagers even be allowed to obtain contraceptive medicines? How should we determine who can access contraceptive measures and who can not?
Posted in Domestic Affairs, Pop Culture