Obamerica: 11-Year-Old Girls Can Buy OTC Birth Control Pills, But You Can’t Buy Cough Syrup

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Freedom is a strange, strange phenomenon in Obamerica. You’re free to gay marry, but regular marriage carries a financial penalty with it. You’re obligated to pay for other people’s abortions, but you don’t have the right not to buy health insurance. And you can’t buy cough syrup without a photo ID, but 11-year-old girls can buy Plan B birth control over the counter.

It’s freedom. Someone’s idea of it anyway.

One round of emergency contraceptives contains four to 12 times the dosage of a birth control pill.  At present we do know the Pill is composed of synthetic female steroids that are environmentally toxic, increase the risk of breast cancer, alter phermones, kill libido, and cause depression, anxiety, and mood disturbances.

In 2011, President Barack Obama said that he supported the FDA’s decision to not make the pill available to people of all ages.

“[The FDA] could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old [that goes] into a drugstore, should be able – alongside bubble gum or batteries – to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect,” he said.

Before anyone complains about the headline, this was Obama’s premise.

Judge Korman argued that Plan B “would be among the safest drugs sold over-the-counter” and the FDA’s argument that young people could misuse the drug was very “unpersuasive.

He said that, legally, the argument is invalid.

“The standards are the same for aspirin and for contraceptives,” he said. “The standard for determining whether contraceptives or any other drug should be available over-the-counter turns solely on the ability of the consumer to understand how to use the particular drug ‘safely and correctly.’”

But speaking of highly dangerous drugs that consumers can’t be expected to use safely and correctly

Got a cold? Add a new headache to your cough and stuffy nose: As of September 30, new federal restrictions will make it harder for Americans to get their hands on decongestants.

To get decongestants, customers will now have to show picture ID and sign a logbook recording what they buy and where they live. The logbooks will remain on file for two years and be accessible to law enforcement authorities. Already, whether you’ve noticed or not, you’re limited to purchasing 3.6 grams of the products per day and 9 grams every 30 days.

One of the great civil libertarians behind that law, was Barack Obama.

This is freedom in Obamerica. Even if it’s largely indistinguishable from the idea of freedom in some crazy backward Ex-Soviet republic run by a lunatic dictator.

  • Softly Bob

    Leftist destruction of freedom is not just consigned to dhimmi Europe, the United States, once the bastion of liberty is slowly being enslaved too.
    I hear a lot of criticism of the UK, Europe etc on this comments section, but you Americans are going to have to face it, we're all in this together.
    We in Europe may have caught the disease first, but we didn't give it to you, you caught it yourselves. The free World (what's left of it) has to be united on this one. We need you America – we need you to remain free so that we can remain free. The Left have a lot to answer for, and believe me they are everywhere!

    • logdon

      'believe me they are everywhere'!

      Seemingly disguised as Old Etonian Prime Ministers.

      There's a backlash going on though and if you read the Telegraph site reader comments, it's there in black and white.

  • http://www.wakepedia.blogspot.com Wakefield Tolbert

    Try to get Primatene tablets (or their generic equivalents) over the counter. No dice.

    Not prescription yet, but you have to ask the pharmacist and show ID and sign a statement , and acknowledge the grams per day limits, etc. Your purchases are tracked in a database.

    As some might know, Primatene is one of the few truly erstwhile over-the-counter drugs that you used to just purchase by taking to the cash register. No more. Why? The claim is that the active ingredient in it can be used by the occasional redneck lab expert to mix with other components and make meth.

    Welcome to America. Land of the regulated and not much better for the efforts at that.

    Paraphrase Orwell, the purpose of government power is not to foster a better world or culture or societal infrastructure. Nay, the purpose of power is power. It shows betrays the ideology of those who'd promote possibly dangerous chemicals to girls who've not even reached the geared down ages of sexual consent in order to stanch a pregnancy, but must show ID for purchasing a useful and cheap product like Primatene tablets to help asthmatics open their lungs and purge the mucus. Priorities speak.

    • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

      I disagree with Orwell's depiction of "power" for its own sake. For one thing, it was a character who said that, not the author. But there is even more to this debate: see http://clarespark.com/2012/10/15/orwell-power-and…. "Orwell, power, and the 'totalitarian' State." However, I did find this article by Dan Greenfield interesting, and the la dee da attitude toward pills in this country has got to stop.

      • Edward Cline

        Clarespark: You're wrong (all civil apologies). Orwell, in his novel, and as a writer, was speaking from Winston Smith's perspective and from his tormentor's, Party Chief O'Brien's. And speaking from O'Brien's perspective required more than a little insight into the ways, means, and ends of dictators. When Smith, on the torture table, asked O'Brien his "Why?" Orwell had to have an answer ready for O'Brien.

        • http://www.clarespark.com clarespark

          I acknowledged in my comment that it was a character in a novel that described the Party as interested in “power” for its own sake. I suppose you didn’t read my essay. But even so, can you name a dictator who is not motivated by something tangible, not just the will to power (an accusation that is often directed at the middle class by dispossessed aristocrats)? And the casual equating of Hitler and Lenin or Stalin in the conception of “totalitarianism” is just bad history perpetrated by social democrats/New Dealers to distinguish themselves from fascists.

    • Mary Sue

      Pseudoephedrine seems to have shared Primatene's fate, in the United States. And for the same reason. In Canada they're still smart and keep pseudoephedrine in the sinus meds, because its replacement, phenylepherine, is useless and does nothing.

  • Randy CA

    I am sure that the Republicans are the ones who are really behind this and it is their next attack on minorities after having been foiled on their evil voter ID plans. This is just a racist attempt to prevent black people — who we all know don't have IDs — from getting cough medicine.

  • Colleen Juntunen

    I'm always shocked by the sheer hypocrisy and stupidity of laws and regulations followed by the public's blind following. In gov't schools kids are not allowed a mild pain reliever. A student could die of an asthma attack before getting to the office were he is forced to leave it, yet 11 year old girls are encouraged to destroy they life, health, and future through the statist false concept of freedom.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    It goes without saying, the hypersexualizing of kiddies is part of the left's deconstruction of the traditional family. It started with Kinsey in the 1960's, and continues today, but under the guise of social welfare. As if.
    And those in charge of destroying said underpinnings, in collusion with the POTUS, are domestic terrorists, albeit in high powered positions, even those involving "educating" the kiddies – http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/04/bringing_d

    Herein too – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/12/25/domestic-terr

    A mortal danger to the kiddies, hence, the traditional family unit!
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • RebeccaJean

      The really scary thing to me is the number of young girls who will use this drug as their regular birth control method. .Particularly since now it will be so much easier to get than birth control. As Mr Greenfield said in the piece, it is more powerful than the pill. What will the health ramifications be on these kids?

      • Shan

        Plan B costs $50-60. That's pretty much cost-prohibitive for *anybody* who thinks it can be used as a regular birth control method, nevermind a teenager not even old enough to have a job. And it says right on the front of the box: "Not to be used as regular birth control."

  • FACTS OVER LIES

    This article is slanted with racist overtones and hatred of Obama and blacks.

    There are some dumb 11 year old white girls getting pregnant, too! IT'S NOT 11. It says 14 and above can get this birth control. Anyone younger should be allowed to give it if they get raped or anything awful that happened to them.

    Whoever wrote this article needs to do some more research. It's just all wound up with opinion and emotion over facts.

    • FACTS OVER LIES

      One more thing to add: Everyone are required to show ID when purchasing a cough syrup. Blame who? Dumb teenagers.