Letters: Easier-to-get Plan B erodes values

A package containing a Plan B One-Step tablet, A package containing a Plan B One-Step tablet, also known as the "morning-after pill." Photo Credit: AP

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Something is radically wrong with a country where you have to be 21 to have a drink -- and soon to have a smoke -- but a young woman at the age of 15 could have access to morning-after pills, without her parents knowing about it ["Plan B age isn't arbitrary," Editorial, May 2].

In 1970, when I turned 18, I ran to my local draft board in Freeport. Not that I was in a hurry to be drafted, but at that time, one had to be 18 to drink, and the draft card was a form of ID.

I remember a line from a 1965 song called "Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire that went, "You're old enough to kill/but not for votin'." You had to be 21 to vote then. Not much has changed.

Charlie Schwarz, Holtsville

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A 15-year-old girl cannot purchase alcohol or tobacco, vote, tan, pierce, drive, see "R" rated movies or enter into a legal contract. However, the Obama administration wants to let a 15-year-old girl purchase and self-administer an abortion drug.

This is another example of the decline of America's value system.

John R. Brooks, Garden City

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