I can see where he’s coming from here. I disagree with his principles even here, but he’s missing the main point.
President Barack Obama said Thursday it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-after contraceptive pill off a drugstore shelf. Citing his own two daughters, Obama said: “I think most parents would probably feel the same way.”
I encountered a lot of this in California, when they were trying to pass amendments to restrict abortion access to minors. I find the idea that parents ought to control their post-pubescent daughters’ sexuality creepy and repulsive, but I don’t think it’s the main issue:
Not all girls will be safe if they tell their parents they’ve been having sex.
The under-18 access to birth control is not there to give an out to privileged girls who don’t want to talk about these things with their parents. It is there to prevent at-risk girls from being beaten, kicked out of their houses or sent off to christian prison camps.
By focusing on what “most parents” would feel, Obama is forgetting about the most vulnerable teenagers. He’s treating his own daughters as if they were less than they are, but putting whole populations at further physical risk and he ought to be called out on it.