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Pentagon to Offer Emergency Contraception to Military Bases Worldwide
Fox News ^ | Feb. 4, 2010 | Justin Fishel & AP

Posted on 02/05/2010 9:48:25 AM PST by BIOCHEMKY

For the first time ever, the Pentagon is requiring military bases worldwide to offer the so-called morning-after pill.

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon for the first time will require military bases worldwide to offer emergency contraception or the so-called morning-after pill, a military spokesman told Fox News Friday.

The decision follows a recommendation by an independent panel of doctors and pharmacists in November, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said. The panel determined that emergency contraception should be added to the military's list of medications that must be stocked at each military facility.

The decision represents a policy shift from the Bush administration when such a change was resisted, Nancy Keenan, president of the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America, said in a statement praising the decision.

Over much resistance from abortion opponents, the Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter sale of the morning-after pill to adults in 2006.

The drug, which contains a high dose of birth control pills, can be used to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex by blocking ovulation or fertilization. Critics of the contraceptive say it is the equivalent of an abortion pill because it can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.

It is not known when the policy would be implemented.

Military hospitals are legally forbidden to perform abortions. When asked if the new policy violated that law, Whitman had no immediate response and said he'd have to defer to the policy experts.

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"Critics of the contraceptive say it is the equivalent of an abortion pill because it can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus."

"Military hospitals are legally forbidden to perform abortions."

Does anyone else have a problem with this new policy?

Should this morning after pill only be made available to military personnel in the case of rape?

1 posted on 02/05/2010 9:48:26 AM PST by BIOCHEMKY
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To: BIOCHEMKY

How long is the military going to put up with this thug Obama?


2 posted on 02/05/2010 9:52:53 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: BIOCHEMKY

Instead of working to allow gays in the military, we should be working on getting women out of a lot of the areas of the military.


3 posted on 02/05/2010 9:54:54 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
This is great news for the Navy. Now the floating maternity wards that comprise our active fleet will just merely be the brothels envisioned by the Clinton administration.

[/sarc..(yes or no?)]

4 posted on 02/05/2010 9:59:27 AM PST by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: BIOCHEMKY
Tricare (and its predecessor, CHAMPUS) has paid for the female birth control pill for decades. The so-called "morning after pill" is just a very high dose of what a woman would take in a daily contraceptive pill - the biological effects are exactly the same, they keep a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall.

While I'm theologically opposed to both forms of these birth control methods, it's tough to make a logical argument to allow one and not the other. For all practical physiological purposes, they function identically. Both the daily pill and the "morning after pill" are a type of abortion.

5 posted on 02/05/2010 10:01:14 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Yep to what you posted.

If it is as in the Catholic faith a no no to take either than it is the responsibility of us Catholics to advocate/teach other Catholics/Christians this.

No one is FORCING the drug down gulluts.


6 posted on 02/05/2010 10:06:37 AM PST by Global2010 (Strange We Can Believe In)
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To: Thommas
"Now the floating maternity wards that comprise our active fleet will just merely be the brothels envisioned by the Clinton administration."

Well, homosexual brothels. Despite the pregnancy rate for sailors at sea, it's still fairly low for women who are actually impregnated at sea. The lion's share of pregnancy evacuations are for women who deploy pregnant, albeit unknowingly. Certainly, there is sex at sea between male and female sailors, but because of berthing arrangements and segregation, it's reasonably minimized.

But, when homosexuals have the run-of-the-house with berthing accommodations, it will be like a gay bath house on some of these ships. It is an unarguable fact that promiscuity is a integral part of the homosexual lifestyle - amongst men and women homosexuals. To think that will be curbed or retarded in any way aboard ship, is pure folly.

7 posted on 02/05/2010 10:07:14 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

What a shame to see our military dragged into the swamp of political correctness and social engineering. *sigh*


8 posted on 02/05/2010 10:16:19 AM PST by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: BIOCHEMKY
Do Military bases have Navy CORPSE-men?

They will with the morning after pill.

9 posted on 02/05/2010 10:18:22 AM PST by 11th Commandment (History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme - Mark Twain)
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To: Thommas

Well, it is proof that what you say may not be hyperbole.


10 posted on 02/05/2010 10:27:10 AM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Thommas

Wait until PC comes to the services after they legalize sodomy.


11 posted on 02/05/2010 10:28:32 AM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: OldDeckHand

you said retarded...tsk tsk.../S


12 posted on 02/05/2010 10:34:07 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: BIOCHEMKY
Military hospitals are legally forbidden to perform abortions. When asked if the new policy violated that law, Whitman had no immediate response and said he'd have to defer to the policy experts.

Will the pregnant recruits still be punished for their actions? I saw a report in recent months that the men would also be punished. If the pregnancy "goes away", is the charge dropped?

And what of sexually active homosexuals in the ranks? Will an end to "don't ask, don't tell" open the door for sexual relations on the base?

13 posted on 02/05/2010 10:37:42 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning" Obama 2/4/2010)
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To: Thommas

Speaking of political correctness and social engineering:

‘Toxic’ Morale ‘Crippling’ Air Marshals (’white males’ creating hostile work environment barf)
wcbstv.com ^ | Feb. 1, 2010
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2442207/posts

“We talked to well more than a dozen current and former air marshals around the country,” Keteyian said to co-anchor Harry Smith Monday, “and, certainly in their mind, the service is riddled with internal problems. (From the) top down - supervisors, many of them white, male, ex-Secret Service agents, who have created a hostile atmosphere, work atmosphere, work environment inside many of the 21 field offices around the country. Intimidation, retaliation, discrimination against women, minorities, disabled, gays.


14 posted on 02/05/2010 10:40:16 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("like it or not, we have to have a financial system that is healthy and functioning" Obama 2/4/2010)
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To: BIOCHEMKY
Does anyone else have a problem with this new policy?

I, for one, do not.

15 posted on 02/05/2010 10:43:30 AM PST by verity (Obama Lies)
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To: BIOCHEMKY

fairly obvious why this would be needed these days.

with women in the field, it’s only a matter of time before they are captured and raped by the enemy. (there would also be the ‘friendly fire’ rapes, of course)

i could only imagine how ugly it would get in stand-off style fighting, where both sides are at a bit of a stalemate (like WW2 trench fighting or entrenched town fighting). the troops would be forced to listen to their comrade being loudly raped... calling for help... which might bring them out from behind cover


16 posted on 02/05/2010 10:48:32 AM PST by sten
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To: OldDeckHand

“the homosexual lifestyle”

or rather deathstyle.


17 posted on 02/06/2010 3:03:12 PM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I agree with you. The military is no place for women, or fire and police departments for that matter.


18 posted on 02/06/2010 3:18:14 PM PST by GrannyAnn
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To: BIOCHEMKY

Females living with males in the necessarily confined quarters of a warship is as major mistake. I am so grateful that I was able to serve aboard a U. S. Navy ship prior to the era of radical feminism.


19 posted on 02/06/2010 3:20:13 PM PST by Elsiejay (.)
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To: OldDeckHand
The so-called "morning after pill" is just a very high dose of what a woman would take in a daily contraceptive pill - the biological effects are exactly the same, they keep a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall.

While I'm theologically opposed to both forms of these birth control methods, it's tough to make a logical argument to allow one and not the other. For all practical physiological purposes, they function identically. Both the daily pill and the "morning after pill" are a type of abortion.


The birth control pill prevents ovulation - thus no egg to fertalize. The "morning" after pill can prevent a fertalized egg from attaching to the uterine wall. Not the same. One is preventative from a baby ever being created, the other is reactive to a possible baby being conceived. The daily pill is not a form of abortion.
20 posted on 02/06/2010 3:57:21 PM PST by Girlene
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To: Girlene
"The birth control pill prevents ovulation - thus no egg to fertalize. "

Usually. While the intended effect of such birth control is to eliminate ovulation altogether, in a certain percentage of cases, ovulation may still occur which of course may lead to fertilization in a sexual active woman. The hormones contained in the "pill" prevent the fertilized eggs from implanting themselves in the uterine wall, ergo a kind of abortion.

The pills with lower doses of hormones, and some of the other monthly pills may only stop ovulation less than 60% of the time. This is the unspoken secret of the modern-day birth control pill.

21 posted on 02/06/2010 4:13:40 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: BIOCHEMKY

Why not just inject the female soldiers with Depo-Provera? After all it literally prevents women from menstruating and getting pregnant. It has to be injected every three months and on time and it’s a good idea, especially with all the desert conditions they have to live with. I can’t imagine how gross it is to have your period while in the desert and not bathing for months on ends. GROSS!


22 posted on 02/06/2010 4:47:21 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: OldDeckHand

News to me. I’ll check it out.


23 posted on 02/06/2010 6:38:30 PM PST by Girlene
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