Today’s news about our own Kathleen Sebelius’ overruling the FDA on EC for youth in need of pregnancy prevention is cause for a second continuous day for disappointment. This act serves as one more nail in the women’s rights coffin… jointly constructed by the Republican AND Democratic Party. As a lifelong, 3rd generation Democrat, I feel like a red-headed stepchild born of two blond parents, slightly out of place and wondering to whom I really belong.
In what can only be called an astounding move, today Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) overruled a much-awaited decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make emergency contraception (EC) available over-the-counter (OTC) to women of all ages. No HHS Secretary has ever before overruled an FDA decision, according to the New York Times.
The FDA thinks about making Plan B available to everyone–and avoiding those pharmacists who think they know better than you what you need.
Christian Medical Association says that Ralph’s Thriftway Pharmacy is within its rights to refuse to stock Plan B contraception. I’m sorry. Why are you in the pharmacy business again?
Did you know that for emergency contraception (EC), the copper IUD is more than 99 percent effective?
In their constant effort to obfuscate and redefine the issues, anti-choicers are trying to change the definition of pregnancy as a precursor to outlawing contraception. Unfortunately, corporate media “fact-checkers” aren’t doing too well keeping it straight either.
The Candies Foundation pays Bristol $262k but grants only $35k for teen pregnancy prevention; the FBI releases 10-year old threats against Dr. Tiller; Delaware may enact parental consent; Illinois cannot force pharmacies to distribute emergency contraception.
Earlier this month, the New York City Council passed a bill which requires limited service pregnancy centers, also known as crisis pregnancy centers, to disclose the services they do and don’t provide. These centers which are not health care facilities, have a history of lying to women and disseminating misinformation in service to their anti-abortion agenda.
The potential exists, down the road, of using emergency contraception, not only as a ‘morning after’ pill, but also a ‘morning of’ pill. But don’t ditch your regular or backup method just yet.
The company that makes the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step recently asked the FDA to make it available over-the-counter for women of all ages. Sound good? It is and it isn’t.