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Obama 'very comfortable' with lowered age for 'morning-after pill'
The Hill ^ | 5/2/2013 | Justin Sink

Posted on 05/02/2013 4:26:13 PM PDT by markomalley

President Obama on Thursday said he is "very comfortable" with a new rule issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would allow women ages 15 and older to buy the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B without a prescription.

"The rule that's been put forward by the FDA, [Health] Secretary [Kathleen] Sebelius has reviewed, she's comfortable with it — I'm comfortable with it," Obama said at a press conference in Mexico City.

Obama said he understood that there was "solid scientific evidence" that the contraception was safe for girls of that age.

"I think it's very important that women have control over their healthcare choices and when they are starting a family," Obama said.

The president also defended the Justice Department's decision, announced late Wednesday, to appeal a federal court ruling that made the pill available to girls of all ages without a prescription. Obama maintained that both the appeal and the FDA rule were decisions made without the involvement of the White House.

The president also left open the possibility that the FDA could revisit the Plan B rule and create over-the-counter access for girls under 15.

"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. "That’s the FDA’s decision to make. That’s Secretary Sebelius’s decision to review."

The Justice Department's move angered some women's rights activists, who say the drug should be available over the counter to women of all ages. But the president said the Justice Department's appeal was solely related to legal issues.

"Part of it has to do with the precedent and the way the judge handled that case," Obama said.

Plan B works to prevent pregnancy in the days after unprotected sex by stopping ovulation and inhibiting the movement of sperm. Critics have dubbed it the "morning-after pill."

Many social conservatives oppose the drug because some studies suggest it could inhibit a fertilized egg from implanting to the womb. Abortion-rights opponents consider that outcome equal to abortion.

In 2011, Obama said that he supported a decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to limit over-the-counter access to Plan B to girls ages 17 and older.

Obama at the time said he was concerned children would be able to buy the drug "alongside bubble gum or batteries."

As the president made a broader defense of opening access to contraception, he also made reference to a controversy last year about a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that mandated employer healthcare plans offer free birth control.

Some religious institutions, including Catholic hospitals and universities, have argued the requirement violates religious liberty. The White House has said the government has created accommodations for certain religious employers.

"We had a little bit of fuss around what we're doing with the Affordable Care Act ... but I very much think that's the right thing to do," Obama said.


TOPICS: Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: abortion; deathpanels; moralabsolutes; obamacare; zerocare
Gotta love when the media twists the truth:
Plan B works to prevent pregnancy in the days after unprotected sex by stopping ovulation and inhibiting the movement of sperm. Critics have dubbed it the "morning-after pill."

Per the Prescribing Information:

Emergency contraceptive pills are not effectiv e if a woman is already pregnant. Plan B One-Step is believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fe rtilization (by altering tubal trans port of sperm and/or ova). In addition, it may inhibit implantation (by altering the endometrium).

The media always seem to forget to report that last mechanism.

1 posted on 05/02/2013 4:26:13 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Zero is disgusting beyond belief!


2 posted on 05/02/2013 4:27:37 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: markomalley

How old is Obama’s oldest daughter?
Are they providing these to her?


3 posted on 05/02/2013 4:29:02 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: markomalley

so he’s “very comfortable” with statutory rape?


4 posted on 05/02/2013 4:29:27 PM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: markomalley

Won’t all those young women be surprised that the government lied to them if this pill winds up causing endometrial cancer some years from now. There is absolutely no track record at this point to see the long-term effects of this drug. But perhaps young girls and women don’t mind being FDA guinea pigs.


5 posted on 05/02/2013 4:29:45 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: markomalley

Is this a joke? A fifteen year old girl is a “woman” when it comes to providing her with birth control, but if she’s a 26 year old law student a la Sandra Fluke she’s still a child on her parents’ insurance or some other taxpayer has to pay for it. Have I got that right?

Alice in Wonderland is completely logical compared to this country now.


6 posted on 05/02/2013 4:30:10 PM PDT by Argus
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To: markomalley

Of course Obama agrees..after all he is the devil himself


7 posted on 05/02/2013 4:30:20 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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8 posted on 05/02/2013 4:30:58 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Well his “I’m an involved parent of teenage girls” act is right out the window now, isn’t it?


9 posted on 05/02/2013 4:31:47 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Gosnell - Media ignores murder of thousands of UNDOCUMENTED humans - Democrats cheer)
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To: markomalley

STD’s are about to go through the roof. Young sex freaks will abandon condoms, thinking they’re okay with just a pill. SURPRISE!!


10 posted on 05/02/2013 4:32:15 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: markomalley

This will be abused beyond belief. Lawsuits waiting to happen with this drug being put in drinks and such.

What a nightmare. This is an abusers wonder drug.


11 posted on 05/02/2013 4:32:25 PM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: tet68
How old is Obama’s oldest daughter? Are they providing these to her?

She can get them herself.

12 posted on 05/02/2013 4:33:17 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Gosnell - Media ignores murder of thousands of UNDOCUMENTED humans - Democrats cheer)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

What a turd this guy is. Well, would’t want his and the silverback’s girls to have “the burden” of a baby....


13 posted on 05/02/2013 4:39:42 PM PDT by clintonh8r ("Europe was created by history. America was created by a philosophy." Baroness Thatcher)
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To: Mr. K

That is the whole point. This drug, free condoms in school, taking girls to abortions: All of these are conspiracy to commit or cover up statutory rape. The state must be in charge of all morals, otherwise the people will complain when their final solution comes.

America, there is no free lunch. We will pay. No, I do not say “God will punish America.” I say, this path leads to the pit. God points the way up, we go down. Whose fault is that?


14 posted on 05/02/2013 4:39:49 PM PDT by Rodentking (There is no God but Yahweh and Moses is his prophet - http://www.airpower.blogspot.com/)
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To: Empireoftheatom48
Obama would be “very comfortable” sacrificing them to Moloch too.

He actually voted to allow abortionists to kill babies born alive in one of the few times he did note vote present

We are seeing what he it'd for at work in the Gosnell Trial

15 posted on 05/02/2013 4:41:15 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: tet68

King Putt is just looking out for our youth like he does for his daughters; “if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby”


16 posted on 05/02/2013 4:43:52 PM PDT by Autonomous User (Pain Fades. Chicks Dig Scars. Glory, lasts forever.)
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To: markomalley

I wonder how comfortable he’d be if he found out one of his daughters bought and used them?


17 posted on 05/02/2013 4:47:30 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: markomalley

Well I guess Obama’s eldest is fair game for reporters after July 4 since Barack thinks she is old enough to make her own decisions.


18 posted on 05/02/2013 4:47:49 PM PDT by Starstruck (Don't rest. We came close to the 2nd Amendment being field tested.)
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To: tet68
How old is Obama’s oldest daughter?

She'll be eligible on July 4. Wonder if she'll be declaring her independence?

19 posted on 05/02/2013 4:50:04 PM PDT by newheart (The worst thing the Left ever did was to convince the world it was not a religion.)
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To: markomalley

The Communist Takeover Of
America - 45 Declared Goals

#26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

http://rense.com/general32/americ.htm

(Hurry up, commies!)


20 posted on 05/02/2013 4:53:11 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: markomalley

How old are his own daughters again?


21 posted on 05/02/2013 4:54:33 PM PDT by null and void ("Och, aye 'twas a huge beastie the shape of a haggis but the size o' the football pitch at Dunkeld!")
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Prediction: Now that the homosexuals have jammed there way into “normal”, lowering the age of consent will be the next new “civil rights” cause.


22 posted on 05/02/2013 4:55:47 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: newheart; tet68
tet68 ~ How old is Obama’s oldest daughter?

newheart ~ She'll be eligible on July 4. Wonder if she'll be declaring her independence?

Just a thought, IF Obama was born the day his putative birth certificates say he was, we know how his mom celebrated her 18th birthday...

23 posted on 05/02/2013 4:59:08 PM PDT by null and void ("Och, aye 'twas a huge beastie the shape of a haggis but the size o' the football pitch at Dunkeld!")
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To: newheart; tet68
tet68 ~ How old is Obama’s oldest daughter?

newheart ~ She'll be eligible on July 4. Wonder if she'll be declaring her independence?

Just a thought, IF Obama was born the day his putative birth certificates say he was, we know how his mom declared her independence on her 18th birthday...

24 posted on 05/02/2013 5:00:43 PM PDT by null and void ("Och, aye 'twas a huge beastie the shape of a haggis but the size o' the football pitch at Dunkeld!")
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To: markomalley

So, they need a permission slip SIGNED by a parent to go on a field trip but can walk into a drugstore and buy the *morning after pill* with no questions asked? These are disgusting, evil people that make these rules.


25 posted on 05/02/2013 5:02:05 PM PDT by azishot
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To: markomalley

So Barry’s 15 yo daughter is having sex already ???


26 posted on 05/02/2013 5:02:48 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Autonomous User

Whats the betting an abortion clinic wouldnt spill the beans if one of Barry’s girls was a “client”

The “honor” would be too much to keep under raps...


27 posted on 05/02/2013 5:06:29 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: markomalley

I’m so sad for this country.


28 posted on 05/02/2013 5:08:04 PM PDT by Bridesheadfan
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To: null and void

I don’t know how old they are but they listen to that human scumbag Ludacris. What self-respecting father would allow such filth? Sample lyrics (be warned):

[Ludacris]
You gotta run in your pantyhos
Even your daddy knows
that you suckin down chocolate like daddy-o’s
You hos are horrible, horrendous
On taxes ya’ll writin off hos as dependents
I see tha ho risin
it aint surprisin
its just a hoasis
with ugly chicks faces
but hos dont feel so sad and blue
cuz most of us niggaz is hos too


29 posted on 05/02/2013 5:08:35 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: tet68
If the girl is as stupid as her father she'll be swallowing a handful with breakfast 'just in case'.

No idea what that would do to a person but it can't be good.

30 posted on 05/02/2013 5:11:16 PM PDT by muawiyah
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31 posted on 05/02/2013 5:12:40 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: markomalley

This scumbag would be “comfortable” with school nurses performing abortions on-site.


32 posted on 05/02/2013 5:16:53 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Empireoftheatom48; markomalley

Right up in his alley, remember he doesn’t want his daughters to be punished with a baby!!!


33 posted on 05/02/2013 5:17:00 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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To: rdcbn
Obama would be “very comfortable” sacrificing them to Moloch too.

Apparently so!


34 posted on 05/02/2013 5:25:53 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
I'm afraid these kiddies will be swallowing these pills like candy every weekend, month after month, after they discover their new found "freedom". We'll find out in about 10 years if this pill has any nasty health side affects.

And we might as well give up teaching abstinence, self-respect, how to say no and mean it to our young girls. The dark side has taken over.

35 posted on 05/02/2013 5:35:25 PM PDT by 3catsanadog (I love my country; I don't like its government)
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To: markomalley
"I think it's very important that women have control over their healthcare choices and when they are starting a family," Obama said.

A better option would be to think about this before having unprotected sex.

Wonder how long before these pills will be available from the school nurse. "No Tylenol or Advil permitted, but morning after pill, no problem."

36 posted on 05/02/2013 5:35:50 PM PDT by randita
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To: 3catsanadog

Agreed. The Prez should keep his mouth shut on this matter. His proclamation serves only to encourage kids to have intercourse. This kill pill will stop pregnancies but it won’t stop STD’s from spreading like wild fire.


37 posted on 05/02/2013 6:12:57 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Argus; sickoflibs
Is this a joke? A fifteen year old girl is a “woman” when it comes to providing her with birth control, but if she’s a 26 year old law student a la Sandra Fluke she’s still a child on her parents’ insurance or some other taxpayer has to pay for it. Have I got that right?

Argus is the tread winner...

38 posted on 05/02/2013 7:14:48 PM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Children who get zero tolerance for using an inhaler or taking Benadryl at school can get pregnant and then abortifactants without seeing a doctor. Interesting dichotomy.


39 posted on 05/02/2013 7:22:37 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Sarah Barracuda; All

HEY-HEY,
HO-HO,
Commie Obama
Has got to GO!

HEY-HEY,
HO-HO,
Commie Obama
Has got to GO!

HEY-HEY,
HO-HO,
Commie Obama
Has got to GO!


40 posted on 05/02/2013 8:38:23 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: markomalley

Fifteen year old girls can purchase this drug, yet nobody may purchase Sudafed over the counter without showing ID and signing a form for it.

My question is, who will shoulder the responsibility to take care of a minor child who takes this drug without her parents’ knowledge?

Of course, we all know the answer.


41 posted on 05/02/2013 8:59:59 PM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: markomalley

Fifteen year old girls can purchase this drug, yet nobody may purchase Sudafed over the counter without showing ID and signing a form for it.

My question is, who will shoulder the responsibility to take care of a minor child who takes this drug without her parents’ knowledge and then suffers potentially life threatening side effects?

Of course, we all know the answer.


42 posted on 05/02/2013 9:01:21 PM PDT by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: Mortrey

Commies cannot possibly perfect the “new man” as designed by the State if something like a family stands in the way. This is all about further destruction of the family and turning our children over to the government. Obastard: “Who you gonna trust, kids? Your parents who don’t want you to have any fun? Or your wonderful, permissive government?”

Rush nailed this perfectly yesterday by asking the key question that always underlies these things: “What’s in it for Democrats?”


43 posted on 05/02/2013 9:40:01 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: azishot

Hell, a 15 year old will get expelled from high school for carrying Advil, but the school guidance counselor will drive her to the drug store to buy the dangerous and potentially deadly RU-46 to destroy a baby.

Our world is SICK, SICK, SICK.


44 posted on 05/02/2013 9:43:40 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: txrefugee

As long as it is in the holy name of “sexual freedom”, nothing else much matters to the American people.


45 posted on 05/03/2013 9:53:07 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Darnright

“What difference does it make,” to quote Ms. Hillary, unless “sexual freedom” hangs in the balance.


46 posted on 05/03/2013 9:55:02 AM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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