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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Breaking: FDA Says 17-Year-Olds Can Get 'Morning After' Pill Without Prescription

They can't get a tattoo without parental consent, but they can get the abortion pill, which causes an embryo (LIFE) to be aborted.

The Food and Drug Administration, reversing field, will now let 17-year-olds get the 'morning-after' birth control pill without a doctor's prescription, a government health official said Wednesday.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the agency will announce that it is complying with a federal judge's order that overturns a Bush administration policy. The official was not authorized to speak publicly before the FDA announcement, expected later Wednesday.

Last month, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ruled in a New York lawsuit that Bush administration appointees let politics, not science, drive their decision to allow over-the-counter access to these pills only for women 18 and older. Korman ordered the agency to let 17-year-olds get the medication, and separately to evaluate whether all age restrictions should be lifted.

Plan B is emergency contraception that contains a high dose of birth control drugs and will not interfere with an established pregnancy. Religious conservatives say it's the equivalent of an abortion pill because it can prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus.

The battle over access to Plan B has dragged on for the better part of a decade, through the tenure of three FDA commissioners. Among many in the medical community, it came to symbolize the decline of science at the agency. Top FDA managers refused to go along with the recommendations of scientific staff and outside advisers that the drug be made available over-the-counter with no age restrictions.
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3 comments:

Deus Ex said...

Sorry, Christine, but youre wrong. A fertilized egg is not an embryo until it attaches to the uterine wall.

Christine said...

Sorry, but life begins at the moment of conception.

Christine said...

An anonymous reader posted the comment: "What you call faith, the rest of us call superstition." I meant to post the comment, but I inadvertently clicked 'reject', so I am posting it here, with my response.

First, this is not necessarily an issue of faith. It is an issue of protecting life from the moment of conception.

By the way, "the rest of us" do believe in God. The non-believers are the minority, but they try to pretend they are the majority.