December 11, 2011

As a feminist, I was disappointed to read of the decision by the Department of Health and Human Services not to allow emergency contraception over the counter for minors [“Wider access to Plan B is rejected,” Dec. 8]. But my parental instincts kicked in when I read that advocates thought the morning- after pill should be available to girls as young as 11.

I have a pretty mature sixth-grader, but I know that if she were to need Plan B tomorrow, it would be because she was raped.

I’m no prude, but I think activists are shooting themselves in the foot when they advocate for sexual freedom for 11-year-olds. From what I observe, 11-year-old girls want to steer clear of boys — whom they view as immature, gross and disruptive.

Laura Retzler, Washington

Shame on you, Kathleen Sebelius, for using science to hide your political reasons for rejecting Plan B from store shelves.

As a primary-care physician, I can vouch for the safety of this drug. It has been widely used for many years. Surely the Obama administration has reneged on its commitment to women’s health by rejecting the advice of the Food and Drug Administration to allow Plan B to be sold over the counter.

One wonders whether Ms. Sibelius would have made such a decision if this were not an election cycle.

Frank Bruno, Columbia