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Morning-after pill to be made available over the counter (for as young as 15)
EWTN News ^ | 4/30/2013

Posted on 04/30/2013 4:22:02 PM PDT by markomalley

On April 30, the Food and Drug Administration approved over the counter sale of the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step to all women aged 15 and older.

Plan B One-Step is the name of the drug, made exclusively by Teva Women's Health, Inc., which acts as an emergency contraceptive which reduces the possibility of pregnancy when taken up to three days after sexual intercourse. It is taken as a single-dose 1.5 mg tablet of levonorgestrel.

Pharmacies and retailers with on-site pharmacies will have the drug on shelves, and those wishing to purchase it will have to provide proof of age. Teva has agreed to have a security tag placed on all Plan B One-Step cartons to prevent theft, according to the FDA.

Plan B is the same drug – levonorgestrel – as Plan B One-Step, but is taken in two doses of 0.75 mg per tablet. Plan B, which is available from generic manufacturers, requires a prescription for women under the age of 17.

Ella, another emergency contraceptive, is prescription-only.

In Dec. 2011, Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA’s plan to make the morning-after pill available over the counter and with no age limits citing “significant cognitive and behavioral differences” between older adolescent girls and the youngest girls of reproductive age.

Today's release claimed that a study submitted by Teva showed that women 15 years and older are able to understand the drug is not for routine use and does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

On April 5, a federal judge in Brooklyn, Edward Korman, had ordered the FDA to allow over the counter sale of Plan B to women of all ages, and/or make Plan B One-Step available without age restrictions.

The FDA said that today's approval of Plan B One-Step is independent of Korman's ruling, which caused outcry last month from pro-life and Catholic groups nationwide over perceived health risks to young women.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life called Korman's decision an opportunity for “big abortion industry to gamble with young girls’ health,” and the New York Catholic Conference called the ruling a “recipe for disaster.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: abortifacients; moralabsolutes; morningafterpill; otc; planb; teens
And, in related news, Sex Superbug Could Be 'Worse Than AIDS'
1 posted on 04/30/2013 4:22:02 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Can they get a shot of penicillin with that morning after pill, too? Kind of like a chaser.


2 posted on 04/30/2013 4:24:00 PM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: markomalley

Kids are not allowed to take Aspirin at school, but they are allowed to buy a pill that causes abortion at age 15, without a prescription and without parental permission or notification? Leftists have an interesting perspective on the world.


3 posted on 04/30/2013 4:24:16 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: markomalley
women 15 years and older are able to understand the drug is not for routine use and does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

Why would you think that?

They don't seem to be able to understand that sex sometimes leads to pregnancy.

4 posted on 04/30/2013 4:24:59 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: markomalley

More “fundamental transformation” for the ObamaNazis. I guess if you’re going to teach them the mechanics of intercourse in Head Start, they’re going to need something.


5 posted on 04/30/2013 4:25:52 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I got expelled from the "fundamental transformation" indoctrination center.)
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To: markomalley

The media will be very careful not to report on the deaths that result from this. Not just of the pre-born people, but of the people 15 and up.


6 posted on 04/30/2013 4:30:12 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: markomalley
women 15 years and older are able to understand the drug is not for routine use and does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.

And the men and boys who abuse them as objects for sexual pleasure understand that this is a perp's dream come true. Now they can abuse minors and pump them full of chemicals to minimize chances of disclosure. This is shameful.

7 posted on 04/30/2013 4:31:17 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: markomalley

How many 15-year-olds can provide proof of age?


8 posted on 04/30/2013 4:31:31 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: markomalley

It will be interesting to see what happens if a minor girl suffers some sort of physical malady as a result of using the ‘morning after pill’. A lawsuit would be interesting to watch.


9 posted on 04/30/2013 4:34:49 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: markomalley

Internet perverts will be gratified their victims can take care of the consequences.


10 posted on 04/30/2013 4:35:10 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: markomalley

An amusing contradiction in the “Sex Superbug” article - it claims the new strain of gonorrhea can cause death in days, but people should get screened when entering a new relationship because they might not know they have it.


11 posted on 04/30/2013 4:35:21 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: markomalley
Like the little boy in ‘Home Alone’, Satan just bellowed out a giant, “Yes!!!”.
12 posted on 04/30/2013 4:39:32 PM PDT by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: SuziQ
We already know that a significant percentage of abortions are coercive. Does anyone really think that perps and older boyfriends won't be insisting on their girls taking these fairly regularly? Or that some girls won't take them more often than necessary out of an abundance of caution?

Ever notice that it's always the girls we pump full of chemicals to make them ready objects for men and boys? We never pump our boys full of drugs. We just do it to our girls. This makes me so angry!

13 posted on 04/30/2013 4:41:58 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: Pollster1

“Kids are not allowed to take aspirin at school”.

I don’t think most of them can even purchase a lot of over the counter meds. I had a sinus headache from hades last week and asked my older teen to get me the over the counter stuff (not the stuff behind the counter). They refused to sell it to him because he wasn’t an adult. I do know Nyquil isn’t sold to teens either. I guess sinus medicine is a no but aborting a baby is a yes.


14 posted on 04/30/2013 4:42:51 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: markomalley

So what happens when the boyfriend slips her the morning after pill to ease his financial pain?

Available anywhere without a prescription. What could go wrong?


15 posted on 04/30/2013 4:43:09 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: markomalley

At what point will these sick individuals make their move to legalize adults dating children so they will no longer be stigmatized? We live in an upside down world.


16 posted on 04/30/2013 4:46:13 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: markomalley

We have NO IDEA what the long-term consequences of young girls who are still developing using this drug multiple times are. Expect to see lots of TV commercials from shyster lawyers in coming years.


17 posted on 04/30/2013 4:48:06 PM PDT by informavoracious (The ancient Greeks and Romans thought they were on the "right side of history.")
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To: DuncanWaring

Probably most. Here, most get their learner’s permit on their 15th birthday.


18 posted on 04/30/2013 4:55:30 PM PDT by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: PeevedPatriot
We already know that a significant percentage of abortions are coercive. Does anyone really think that perps and older boyfriends won't be insisting on their girls taking these fairly regularly? Or that some girls won't take them more often than necessary out of an abundance of caution?

While that may be true, that is just as possible under current law - even before this change, Plan B is over-the-counter (though kept behind the counter, like Sudafed), so the perps and older boyfriends can already get it themselves.

19 posted on 04/30/2013 4:58:47 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: markomalley

so what happens if the 15 yr old doesn’t take the pill until she is 4 weeks or 6 weeks pregnant? Are there any side effects? any studies? If a 15 or 16 yr old is trying to hide a pregnancy makes since to me that they would just assume this pill could take care of the issue after 4 weeks...


20 posted on 04/30/2013 4:59:29 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: DuncanWaring

They’ll have ‘morning after pill’ stings by local LEOs like they do for stores selling booze or cigs, right?


21 posted on 04/30/2013 5:01:26 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: markomalley
Cephalosporin-resistant Gonorrhea was actually my first thought when I saw the words "Morning-after pill."

I first became aware of this exact link several years ago.

According to testimony offered to the FDA in 2004, sexually-transmitted infections soared in the British Isles when “Plan B” (the morning-after pill) was made available without prescription in 2000. Ignoring the warning signals from the UK, California subsequently became one of the first states to permit the sale of Plan B over-the-counter without an age limit. (Compiled testimony of Wendy Wright, Carole Denner, and Jill Stanek, "The Morning-After Pill: An Ill Wind This Way Blows.")

Sexually-transmitted diseases then skyrocketed literally tenfold--- well, read abut it here:

How Does Planned Parenthood Explain This? (Link)

This is so disgusting--- even Sebelius was initially against this (or so she says -- who can you believe?) -- but Obama overruled her.

Gonorrhea pictures (Link) Don't click unless youhave a strong stomach. Gonorrhea is sexually maiming, can sterilize both males and females, is very painful (especially, they say, to males) it can kill newborns, and --- unless effectively treated--- it can kill YOU..

And we're talking about the emergence of strains of gonorrhea that resist all presently known antibiotics.

22 posted on 04/30/2013 5:07:17 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.")
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To: Conscience of a Conservative

You’re absolutely right but now the age of boyfriends & perps who can bully these girls has been lowered. And now there will be enormous marketing efforts to induce girls (you’re smart enough and old enough and you know better than any parental authority what you need!) to take these with no more thought than taking a vitamin. And no doubt they’ll be free under obamacare so we’ll all be paying to pump chemicals (whose long term effects are unknown) into our girls in order to make them convenient objects for others. This is just so wrong, but most especially wrong in a society where sexual abuse is so rampant. When something’s free, it seems all the more likely that it will be overused and abused.


23 posted on 04/30/2013 5:09:05 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: Pollster1
Kids are not allowed to take Aspirin at school, but they are allowed to buy a pill that causes abortion at age 15...

Makes sense to me: "I've got a headache" is a pretty good birth control on its own.

24 posted on 04/30/2013 5:11:10 PM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: PeevedPatriot
You're right about the age of boyfriends being lowered, though I would think most such situations involve older "men" (I could be wrong about that).

The cost issue is actually an interesting point. As it stands now (pre-ObamaCare), moving a drug from prescription-only to over-the-counter often actually increases the cost to the consumer, because most insurance does not cover over-the-counter drugs. I don't believe ObamaCare covers (or forces insurance companies to cover) over-the-counter drugs, and I believe (based on what I've seen in my employer-sponsored HSA) it actually prohibits FSAs and HSAs from reimbursing for over-the-counter drugs without a doctor's prescription. So, making "Plan B" over-the-counter may actually make it less-accessible, because it may be more expensive.

25 posted on 04/30/2013 5:15:25 PM PDT by Conscience of a Conservative
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To: markomalley

As long as every pill comes with a child molestation conviction. The fruits of sexual education in schools instead of homes.


26 posted on 04/30/2013 5:43:43 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: markomalley

PPP Planned Parenthood Pill.

Or Death Drop


27 posted on 04/30/2013 5:50:41 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: markomalley

I wonder what the percentage of suicides will be compared to children who did not take this pill. Bet its at least 300%. A bonus for the Obmamabots. Two kids for the price of one.


28 posted on 04/30/2013 5:52:50 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: American in Israel

29 posted on 04/30/2013 6:03:09 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: Conscience of a Conservative
I don't believe ObamaCare covers (or forces insurance companies to cover) over-the-counter drugs,

This is part of the much-contested HHS mandate requiring coverage of contraceptives (including so-called emergency contraception that includes abortifacients such as Plan B) and sterilization. If I'm not mistaken, it includes devices too, such as IUDs or products such as foam/sponges which are available OTC. We'll be paying for all these products to make our girls as available as possible for consequence-free sex for the guys. It disgusts me beyond words.

30 posted on 04/30/2013 6:29:57 PM PDT by PeevedPatriot
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To: Izzy Dunne

PP’s website recommends keeping a stash in your night stand.

I can only shake my head.


31 posted on 05/01/2013 7:36:38 AM PDT by Jaded (Really? Seriously?)
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