Wendy Wright the executive vice-president of the Concerned Women for America, praises the FDA for stalling on the Plan B decision. The FDA as you know has been dragging-its-feet on purpose and putting-off making a decision on making Plan B over-the-counter, in order to please the anti-reproductive-rights advocates, who clearly have a pretty tight leash on them and loves to crack the whip. Anyway, here’s Wright’s praise….
[...]Thankfully, FDA’s leadership considered that making the drug easy to get would cause health risks to women and girls. It declined Barr Laboratories’ application because the company never bothered to adequately research if it could be used safely by teenagers.
Parents can be comforted knowing that FDA leadership stepped in when other officials ignored evidence of how easy access poses a threat to adolescents.
Plan B is a high dose of the birth control pill. The low dose requires a prescription … for good reasons. It has known medical risks. Doctors screen women for medical conditions before prescribing either pill and check for symptomless sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), which can lead to infertility or even death.
In pursuit of more sales, advocates encourage multiple sex partners and frequent use, without concern for putting women at risk of STDs. Ads for Plan B in college newspapers pictured members of a fraternity with the caption, “So many men. So many reasons to have back-up contraception.”
Ah, the usual “Plan B will make your daughters into whores, once they go off to college, and go on Spring Break down in Florida” line. Anti-reproductive rights (and anti-women-rights) ideologues such as the CWA have a penchant for using the Madonna/Whore cliche and scare-tactic to shame young women (and dupe their parents) about using emergency contraception. And pretty much just shaming them for *gasp* having sex for purposes other than procreation– even if it doesn’t fit the ‘Girls Gone Wild’ illusion the anti-reproductive-rights ideologues stereotype all sexually active young women of being.
Studies … even those by Plan B advocates … show that easy access does not reduce pregnancies or abortions. In England, STD rates skyrocketed. In Sweden, teen abortions increased. In Thailand, the most frequent buyers of the drug are men, who sometimes slip it to women without their knowledge.
Sexually abused minors need adults to rescue them. If an adolescent seeks Plan B, doctors can ask questions. If it can be obtained without a prescription, what may be the best chance of freeing her and catching her abuser would be eliminated.[...]
That “what” is her carrying the pregnancy to full term– forced to incubate the genetic material of her abuser. Her word and testimony simply aren’t good enough for these people. And apparently other physical evidence of abuse isn’t enough. They just want that fetus. Even if she’s fifteen, fourteen, or simply unwilling to carry the pregnancy to full term– oh well. I’m sure the CWA would throw a baby-shower for her.
A true example of politics driving the FDA occurred when Bill Clinton ordered the agency to begin approving RU-486, the abortion pill, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., pressured the FDA to drop safety precautions on it. Numerous violations were committed to approve RU-486, and five women (four of Boxer’s constituents) are dead due to it.
Because those women should have died in childbirth. It’s so much more natural and what a “good Christian woman” would do.
Good public health, science and common sense rule against making Plan B as easy to get as toothpaste.
Please. Anti-reproductive-rights politics subverting real science, thanks to the religious- and social-conservative ideologues who have a vice-grip on the FDA (and another thanks to the Bush Administration), prevented Plan B from being OTC. And puritanical, Bible-thumping wingnuts like the CWA don’t know the meaning of the words “good science” and sure as hell don’t give a damn about women’s health (or their right not be an incubator against their will).