Undercover Video: Underage Girls Can’t Buy Sudafed But Can Easily Buy Plan B Drug

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 12, 2013   |   4:46PM   |   Washington, DC

A pro-life student group today released a new video showing young girls not legally old enough for sexual relations were unable to buy the sudafed cold medicine but could easily purchase the Plan B drug. Although sex with a girl 15-years-old or younger if statutory rape, the girls had no problems getting the drugs at nationally-known stores.

Earlier this year, the Food & Drug Administration announced that “Plan B,” also known as the “morning after pill”, should be sold over the counter to anyone of any age. Before that it could only be sold to those 17 and older. Plan B contains very high doses of the birth control pill, which a woman needs to see a doctor to obtain, and is meant to either prevent pregnancy or stop implantation of a unique human being following conception.

Students for Life of America opposed the decision, saying it completely cut out the woman’s doctor and in the cases of minors, her parents or guardians.

In August and September, Students for Life of America went undercover in 30 Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and CVS stores across the nation to find out what would happen when a minor, 15-year-old girl tried to purchase Sudafed, a common cold medicine, as well as “Plan B.” The undercover videos were shot in Ohio, South Carolina, and Arizona.

At each store, the 15-year-old girl was legally unable to purchase Sudafed because of her age but was able to purchase “Plan B.”

At two stores in Arizona and South Carolina, the minor’s mother returned the package of “Plan B” and asked the clerk as to why her daughter could purchase a birth control drug but not a cold medicine. In South Carolina, the pharmacist told the mother that she, “almost refused the sale” because she was uncomfortable selling “Plan B” to the minor.

“In efforts to supposedly ‘help women’ and give them ‘access’, the abortion industry and their leaders at Planned Parenthood, have completely disregarded a woman’s health in the process,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “Young girls are able to purchase an abortion-inducing drug without their parents’ permission but aren’t able to buy cold medicine. The logic makes zero sense.”



Hawkins told LifeNews that the release of this, and other videos to come, is the first step in launching SFLA’s Expose Plan B Project, which aims to create and pass legislation on both the national and state levels that will put into place common-sense restrictions of Plan B, like preventing the sale of the drug to minors without parental consent and allowing drug store employees to refuse to sell the drug if their conscience dictates.

She told LifeNews that her group has also asked supporters to sign a petition that calls on Walgreens, CVS and Rite-Aid to stop selling Plan B until common-sense regulations can ensure the rights of parents and the safety of minors are protected.

“While the sale of Plan B is legal, it is in no way safe or controlled as it takes the parent and doctor out of the young girl’s healthcare choices,” said Hawkins. “This legislation will aim to control the sale of the drug as well as provide conscience protections to those employees who have moral objections.”