If a girl 16 or younger has had vaginal intercourse, she's been raped ("Plan B is overruled," Dec. 9). Few states allow marriage or consensual sex under the age of 17. Do we really want such a girl, afraid that she may become pregnant, to take her predicament to no other counselor than a clerk in a pharmacy or a Walmart?

Moreover, even your editorialist admits that the Plan B pill "does nothing to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted disease." Perhaps Kathleen Sibelius is trying to address issues of criminal law, public health, and psychiatric peril that are hugely less important to the advocates of "women's rights" than the need to prevent unwanted pregnancy at all costs.

The phrase "politics over science" is a cheap slogan for the unthinking.

Hal Riedl, Baltimore