Horner begins by praising Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Heath and Human Services, for overruling the FDA's decision to remove the age restrictions of the Plan B One-Step contraception and make it available over the counter. Horner explains in his article that he is left with a, "sickening feeling," because:
"... corporate greed came very close to causing us, as parents of little girls, an unbelievable level of stress. I doubt that I would get much argument from any parent when I say that we do our very best to teach our children good morals, ethics and responsibility. But our children do not always do what we want them to do, and this decision could have made things even worse."Are you kidding me? Well, okay then, let me be the first parent of a teenage daughter to stand up and give you an argument. I'll start with this:
"Yes, I am well aware of the need to teach contraception, but not at the age of 12 or 13."First of all, your assertion here is completely absurd! Where in the world did you come up with the idea that 12 and 13 year-old girls would be looking for Plan B or are being taught contraception? My 14 year-old daughter will not be taught contraception until she is mature enough to understand. Her school district thus far has NOT taught contraception, nor have they even approached the subject of sex beyond anatomy. So which school district is it that's teaching this to 12 and 13 year-old girls?
I'd like you to provide your readers with the references where you get your demographic data. Because frankly, I don't believe for a moment that this demographic of girls is subject to your claim, and I certainly don't believe that they would constitute a significant population of those younger girls that would be actively pursuing Plan B.
We all know why you picked that demographic, Mr. Horner. You chose that age group because 1) you needed an exaggeration for a shock factor, and 2) you needed the delusion of fear in your readers. For example, in another paragraph you go so far as to try to convince your readers that pedophiles will have a much easier time covering their tracks with Plan B. It almost seems that in your fantasy world, it's you and you alone that stand between these innocent young girls and the monsters that are waiting to rape them and then shove a pill down their throats. What a hero you must be. But wait a second Mr. Horner, have you considered that you don't have to be a woman to buy Plan B? I thought not.
Second, don't think for a minute that you could sneak this little nugget in without anyone noticing:
"Yes, our younger daughters need to be taught about the biological aspects of conception. But they also need to be taught about the benefits of abstinence."Those two sentences alone tell me a great deal about the type of mind behind the words. Whenever certain groups discuss the uncomfortable subject of sex with their daughters, for whatever reason, they scurry back to the warm, fuzzy security blanket of... abstinence. You see, by playing the abstinence card, I'd bet good money that Mr. Horner believes that there is a particularly reverent, cosmically accepted rite of passage for young women. It's that spiritualistic moment when fathers hand over their daughters to another man for safekeeping. It's only then that young women are finally given permission by their fathers and their community to use their vaginas and their uteruses! (Yes, I've left out the LGBT community, but hopefully you'll soon see where I'm going with this...)
All kidding aside, let's not forget the fact that most people who champion abstinence leave themselves open to a whirlwind of questions. For example, did you abstain? How did you manage to abstain, exactly? How long is long enough? Is twenty years okay? Thirty years? Why is it society's business when a person decides to have consensual sex with another person? And finally, what date or age is it okay to give sex a go, assuming both parties are consenting? (Here's a hint: we all know perfectly well what date you're talking about - and I've covered that topic here.)
Every man who has a daughter recognizes what you're attempting to do, Mr. Horner. You are attempting to assert your power as a father over your daughter and thus, control your daughter's decisions, her body, and her life. You're putting girls on a leash to be passed from male to male, rather than empowering them with the education and the self confidence they need to be able to make the right decision for themselves. Besides, when are we, as a society, going to get past the medieval, dogmatic view that our young girls cannot handle reality?
And finally Mr. Horner, I'd like to ask you one question. Don't you think it's odd that in your entire article, you never once mention boys?