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Obama says he’s ‘comfortable’ with Plan B ‘morning-after’ pill for 15 year-olds
Life Site ^ | Kirsten Andersen

Posted on 05/06/2013 6:16:41 PM PDT by Morgana

MEXICO CITY, May 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) – President Barack Obama told reporters at a Mexico City press conference Thursday that he is “very comfortable” with newer, more lax guidelines allowing the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B to be sold over-the-counter to girls as young as 15, and requiring it to be available on easy-to-access store shelves instead of behind the pharmacy counter.

“The rule that’s been put forward by the FDA, [Department of Health and Human Services] Secretary Sebelius has reviewed,” Obama said. “She’s comfortable with it; I’m comfortable with it.”

Plan B (Levonorgestrel) is a strong dose of hormones that, if taken within 72 hours after intercourse, will prevent pregnancy by either blocking ovulation or by preventing a newly conceived embryo from implanting in the uterine wall. It can have a number of unpleasant side effects, including heavy bleeding, nausea, headaches and cramping. In rare cases it can also cause diarrhea, migraines, vomiting, allergic reactions, severe abdominal pain and even life-threatening ectopic pregnancies.

Plan B was first approved for adult use in 1999, but was initially available only by prescription. In 2006, the FDA approved it as an over-the-counter drug for women over the age of 18, and allowed minors to obtain it by prescription. In 2009, a federal judge ordered the FDA to make Plan B available to 17-year-olds over-the-counter, as well. The same judge issued an order in April requiring the government to lift all age restrictions on the drug, but the Obama administration is appealing that decision.

“My suspicion is that the FDA may now be called upon to make further decisions about whether there’s sufficient scientific evidence for girls younger than 15,” Obama said at the Mexico City press conference. “That’s the FDA’s decision to make. That’s Secretary Sebelius’s decision to review.”

Sebelius has resisted lowering the age limits in the past, angering pro-choice feminist activists who expected the pro-abortion secretary to decide in their favor. In 2011, she overruled an attempt by the FDA to lift age restrictions, writing, “it is commonly understood that there are significant cognitive and behavioral differences between older adolescent girls and the youngest girls of reproductive age, which I believe are relevant to making this determination as to the non-prescription availability of this product for all ages.”

At the time, Obama himself issued a statement supporting Sebelius. “I will say this, as the father of two daughters: I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine,” he said.

Added Obama: “And as I understand it, the reason Kathleen made this decision was she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old going into a drugstore should be able — alongside bubble gum or batteries — be able to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect. And I think most parents would probably feel the same way.”

In the United Kingdom, where Plan B is provided to teens free of charge, tracking by the government has shown that the drug does little to reduce overall pregnancy rates but may encourage riskier sexual behavior. A study of the United Kingdom’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy program found that after Plan B was made freely available to teens, pregnancy rates for minors under 16 remained level, while sexually transmitted diseases increased by 12 percent.

The hormone also appears to suppress the immune system’s ability to fight off viruses. A 2002 study conducted by McMaster University in Toronto found that lab mice given progesterone were 100-times more likely to develop an HIV infection than those not given the drug.

Karen Brauer, president of Pharmacists for Life, warned that widespread availability of Plan B will make it easier for people who rape minor girls to cover up their crimes. "When these are right out there with the bubble gum, they're going to be part of the date rape cocktail," she told Reuters.


TOPICS: Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: abortion; obama; prolife

1 posted on 05/06/2013 6:16:41 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

How is a merchant going to check the age of a 15 year old?


2 posted on 05/06/2013 6:21:17 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: Morgana

So he’s OK with Stat. Rape.


3 posted on 05/06/2013 6:21:56 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: Morgana

4 posted on 05/06/2013 6:24:21 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Morgana

He wouldnt want Malaria to be punished with a baby so letting her buy an abortificant is OK


5 posted on 05/06/2013 6:24:33 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: OldNavyVet

If she doesn’t have a driver’s license?


6 posted on 05/06/2013 6:25:14 PM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: Morgana
Secretary Sebelius has reviewed,” Obama said. “She’s comfortable with it; I’m comfortable with it.”

"My puppeteer has reviewed it," the sock-puppet said. "My puppeteer's comfortable with it, so I'm comfortable with it."

7 posted on 05/06/2013 6:25:14 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: OldNavyVet

Don’t worry, her forty year old pimp daddy will pick them up by the carton load.

Free, on his EBT.


8 posted on 05/06/2013 6:25:29 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Morgana

Too bad obami’s mom didn’t use it.


9 posted on 05/06/2013 6:26:55 PM PDT by bfree (Biden '13)
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To: Morgana

Sure. He’s also comfortable with letting abortion survivors die, so why not?


10 posted on 05/06/2013 6:28:44 PM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Morgana

I guess the Kenyan now sees himself as the father of all the children in the country. What a pathetic bag of human debris.


11 posted on 05/06/2013 6:28:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

so does MAshisa have one in her purse!


12 posted on 05/06/2013 6:30:44 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Morgana

won’t be effective. where these girls put, it will keep rolling out


13 posted on 05/06/2013 6:36:37 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: Morgana

He is also comfortable being the biggest fraud in the history of the USA. He is a political antichrist...and most comfortable with it.


14 posted on 05/06/2013 6:38:22 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ( EVERY DIME Obama Spends is given to him by the Republicans in the House.)
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To: OldNavyVet
How is a merchant going to check the age of a 15 year old?

The story says they will be out on the shelf with the bubble gum, and not behind the counter, so I think the point is that they won't be checking 'age'.

15 posted on 05/06/2013 6:43:00 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
So he’s OK with Stat. Rape.

Well... he probably saw a lot of that during his formative years when grandpa would take him downtown to his favorite 'club'. The club that grandma must never be told about.

16 posted on 05/06/2013 6:49:12 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
He’s also comfortable with letting abortion survivors die,

And Ambassadors

And Navy Seals

And pretty much any white person that's not a democrat.

17 posted on 05/06/2013 6:56:52 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: Morgana

I am pro-life, but if I could go back in time and give this pill to his mother...


18 posted on 05/06/2013 7:13:28 PM PDT by Yehuda
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To: Morgana

First the Food Stamp President. Now, every parent’s nightmare, the Pimp President. What’s next?


19 posted on 05/06/2013 7:32:51 PM PDT by Ranger Warrior ("To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Ranger Warrior

DON’T ASK! PLEASE DON’T ASK! YOU WILL GET THE ANSWER!


20 posted on 05/06/2013 7:46:52 PM PDT by Morgana (Always a bit of truth in dark humor.)
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To: Morgana

21 posted on 05/07/2013 6:16:29 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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