Skip to comments.Obama Admin OKs Morning After Pill for Young Girls, Sexual Predators
Posted on 06/11/2013 6:55:55 PM PDT by Morgana
The Obama Administration has dropped its legal battle against a judges decision that would allow young girls to purchase the Plan B morning after pill over the counter.
The decision allows anyone to purchase the drug and opponents of the decision say it paves the way for male sexual predators to purchase the drug for girls they victimize, by removing safeguards currently in place.
Previously, the Justice Department appealed a court ruling saying the morning after pill known as Plan B should be available without a prescription for teenagers starting at age 15. Late Monday, the Obama administration said it would stop fighting a court order requiring it to remove all age restrictions on the sale of Plan B One-Step without a prescription.
The Obama administration aid in a letter to the judge, Edward R. Korman, that it is voluntarily withdrawing its appeal in this matter.
The Planned Parenthood abortion business applauded the decision.
This is a huge breakthrough for access to birth control and a historic moment for womens health and equity, PPFA President Cecile Richards said in a statement. The FDAs decision will make emergency contraception available on store shelves, just like condoms, and women of all ages will be able to get it quickly in order to prevent unintended pregnancy.
The administrations sudden reversal is drawing strong opposition from pro-life groups.
Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America told LifeNews: Though President Obama himself has said 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, his administration has abandoned common sense and will allow our nations teens and young girls to have access to a highly powerful drug forty times stronger than birth control. I sincerely fear for the future health and wellness of women and children, as doctors, parents, and pharmacists are eliminated from this very serious conversation about sexual activity, pregnancy, fertility, and overall health.
Janice Crouse, also of CWFA, responded: Once again, those who yell the loudest about caring about the nations children and youth applaud a decision to place our kids in a special interest experiment. Plan B, popularly called the morning-after pill is a much-higher-dosage version of the regular birth control pill (which used to require a doctors prescription and continued doctors supervision). It is irresponsible to advocate over-the-counter use of these high-potency drugs, which would make them available to anyone including those predators who exploit young girls. Mark my words, it will not be long before we see girls and women forced to purchase Plan B for their abuser to keep them and others enslaved. This is a pimp, predator, and pedophiles dream unlimited access to Plan B.
She added: This is a political decision, made by those who stand to profit financially from an action that puts ideology ahead of the nations girls and young women. Where is the scientific data and solid reasoning behind a decision that endangers minors?
Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America also weighed in on the decision.
She told LifeNews: President Obama is waging a War on Girls by allowing young children to get Plan B without a physician or parents care or knowledge. The morning after pill is a megadose of the birth-control pill, which has been categorized by the World Health Organization as a Group I carcinogen. Thats the highest possible ranking cigarettes are also in Group I. So why are drugstores required to put cigarettes behind the counter and ask for a photo id to stop minors from purchasing them, but President Obama is now ordering the morning after pill be sold over the counter, next to candy bars and packs of gum? This is not reproductive justice, this is child abuse.
Previously, the Plan B morning after pill was only available over the counter to women above the age of 17. The Food and Drug Administration sought to make the drug available more widely but Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the decision.
Some pro-life groups have pointed to comments from the maker of the drug and studies to show that the morning after pill can act as an abortion agent in some cases, terminating the life of a unique human being hours after conception.
Judge Edward Korman, a federal judge based in New York City, heard arguments in a case filed by the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights over whether the FDA should have ultimately allowed teens to buy the Plan B drug without a doctors order. The pro-abortion group says such drugs are being held to a different standard than other drugs and that decisions are not based on science, but on politics.
During the hearing, Korman was highly critical of the governments handling of the issue when he ordered the FDA in 2009 to let 17-year-olds obtain the medication. At the time, he accused the government of letting political considerations, delays and implausible justifications for decision-making cloud the approval process.
In comments to LifeNews, the Family Research Council slammed the decision.
Anna Higgins, J.D., director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council, expressed serious concerns regarding a federal judges order today that the morning-after pill be available to girls of all ages without a prescription.
This ruling places the health of young girls at risk. Making Plan B available for girls under the age of 17 without a prescription flies in the face of medical information and sound judgment. I am very troubled that the court has not fully taken into account the concerns expressed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and many public health advocates that there is not enough data on the health effects of Plan B on young girls, she said.
According to the new numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control, there were 19,700,000 new STIs reported in 2008 the last year for which numbers are available. Based on the CDCs estimates, that brings the total number of STIs in the U.S. to just over 110 million. Most of the new cases crop up in young men and women aged 15-25. Making Plan B available over-the-counter for any age will put many of these young girls at further risk because it circumvents necessary medical screening for sexually active girls, she told LifeNews.
There is a real danger that Plan B may be given to young girls, under coercion or without their consent. The involvement of parents and medical professionals act as a safeguard for these young girls. However, todays ruling removes these commonsense protections, concluded Higgins.
The FDA originally approved the morning after pill at the end of the Clinton administration in 1999 and, in 2006, it was approved for nonprescription use for women 18 and older. Previously, a federal court ordered the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider its decision preventing minors from purchasing the morning after pill without a prescription.
However, Sebelius said there was not enough information on how the drug affects teens to make the decision. She overturned a ruling by Food and Drug Administrator Margaret Hamburg to allow teens to purchase the morning after pill without a doctors involvement, even though the drug may cause an early abortion in some cases.
The morning after pill has done nothing to significantly curb the number of abortions.
Research from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, a former Planned Parenthood research arm, shows 54 percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method *usually condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant. These figures are similar to those of a report in Spain showing abortions doubling despite increased family planning promotion.
And, of the women who say they did not intend to become pregnant, the report said most of these women have practiced contraception in the past.
Meanwhile, a report from Planned Parenthood of Western Washington shows abortions are on the rise in Washington state even though it participated in Washington states Take Charge pilot program.
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Take Charge is a Medicaid section 1115 Waiver program initiated in 2001 to provide free contraceptives to low-income women not already covered under Medicaid. It was originally funded for five years in 2001, then extended for three more years, and comes up for renewal in 2009. Yet the PPWW annual report indicates abortions rose 16 percent from 7,790 in 2006 to 9,059 in 2007.
The failure of birth control, the morning after pill, and contraception to lower the number of abortions is no surprise to Dr. Joseph Stanford, associate professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
He says studies he and fellow researchers have done show a lower effectiveness rate than the 89 percent that Plan B maker Barr Laboratories claims.
We did more a precise meta-analysis that shows its effective only 72 percent of the time, and even that number is optimistic, he indicated.
He said studies from Europe, China and the United States show that the morning after pill does not reduce abortions.
Only in states according to age of consent.
For now. I would still want to read the fine print because the initial report was ANY AGE, WITHOUT PARENTAL NOTIFICATION.
I wonder when beheading of Christians will become Legal ?
Above my pay grade
But the teens better not even think about getting a Big Gulp soda in NYC. That’s against the law. O.o
[This is a huge breakthrough for access to birth control and a historic moment for womens health and equity, PPFA President Cecile Richards said in a statement. The FDAs decision will make emergency contraception available on store shelves, just like condoms, and women of all ages will be able to get it quickly in order to prevent unintended pregnancy. ]
SAYS RIGHT THERE... available on store shelves. Not behind counter. Means no questions asked. No age limit.
Separating children from the authority of their parents.. Hmmmm.. Where have we seen this before?
This needs updating, but some goals remain applicable.
“women of all ages...”
Who are they to say?
It will eventually be behind the counter because a 50 bucks its going to be the most shoplifted item in the store.
women of all ages...
Who are they to say?
10 year olds are women now.
Like a 26 year old with a 12 year old he got pregnant, because she's not old enough to buy it.
Who will ever find out?
Our elites are EVIL. This is full empowerment for evil pimps and statutory rapists. What happens to little girls who are force-fed massive hormone doses by their pimp masters every morning? Nobody cares.
Alas, Brave New Babylon. This country is headed for a disaster.
(Is this our future?)
“I went to the bar to stay away from home because my girlfriend keeps yelling at me. She said, “Pedophile, Pedophile, you are nothing but a pedophile.”
I turned around and said, “That’s an awfully big word for a 9 year old.”
They aren't the 'law' or 'authority', but they were quoted in the article without any conflicting argument.
When you say, 'Only in states according to age of consent', from where did you get that information ?
If there has to be access to that kind of product then I think it should left to the states to have the minimum age be whatever that state’s age of consent is. State ID required.
However, I’d rather there not be any such products sold in the US at all.
Next step - it must be given away for free.
just not a lung
I completely agree.
However, Id rather there not be any such products sold in the US at all.
I guess if this 'unwanted pregnancy' thing is such a problem, maybe we should just 'neuter' all females from birth. (/light sarcasm)
How to take away the double standard where they want the in-vitro and motherhood experience but only sometimes want the baby and even less frequently the responsibility of parenthood if not being totally incapable of parenting to begin with.
All of this getting pregnant and pregnant-getting seems to be a form of youthful rebellion. It’s not a toy but they play with it as though it’s a toy. Maybe because they see how it’s easier to have a baby removed than it is to have a tattoo removed.