That’s the latest meme from the right wing smear machine. A guest on Fox News, Republican strategist Brad Blakeman, responded to the FDA’s decision to allow the sale of Plan B contraception to those 15 and up without a prescription by declaring that Obama was “encouraging criminal behavior.”
BLAKEMAN: This makes no sense at all. You have to be 18 years old to buy a pack of cigarettes, and the president is also encouraging criminal behavior, because in most jurisdictions in America engaging in sexual intercourse at 14, 15 years old is statutory rape. The president is somehow saying in if you engage in that activity, criminal behavior, that is okay because the government is going to provide you the out for your bad decision making. [...]
MACCULLUM: We had Dr. Manny Alvarez here the other day, and he, you know, has delivered thousands of babies, he’s an obstetrician, a gynecologist. He was so upset about this. You know, he said, they are giving them out like candy. He said there are college students who think that this is the — that this is contraception, it’s what they use, the day after pill in order to, you know, as a matter of course in their lives. Does that not trouble you?
BLAKEMAN: This strips away the moral fabric of our country. It’s the government basically being complicit in a criminal act. And also complicit in coming into the houses of America and telling the parents, you’re — we are bringing to bring up your children. We’ll be able to provide better for your decisions than the decisions you may make at home. I think it’s an outrage, but it’s the modus operandi of this administration. [...] Should we decriminalize statutory way up and say if you’re 15, go out and have sex as a matter of law?
First of all, it’s not criminal for a 15 year old to have sex. The exact line varies by state, but statutory rape laws make it criminal for someone over a certain age to have sex with someone under a certain age (16-18, typically). And what would Blakeman suggest, that if that happens the 15 year old girl should not have access to the morning after pill? She should have to get pregnant and have a baby? Absurd. And dangerous.