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AP Outraged At Block Of ‘Morning After’ Pill

From a furious Associated Press:

Block of OTC morning-after pill sparks outrage

By LAURAN NEERGAARD [sic]
December 8, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s the morning after and the controversy over how to sell emergency contraception still looms.

The Obama administration’s top health official stopped plans Wednesday to let the Plan B morning-after pill move onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms.

Overruling scientists at the Food and Drug Administration, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius decided that young girls shouldn’t be able to buy the pill on their own, saying she was worried about confusing 11-year-olds.

For now, Plan B will stay behind pharmacy counters, available without a prescription only to those 17 and older who can prove their age…

No wonder the AP is furious. What is an 11-year old to do? Be punished with a baby?

Sebelius’ decision is "medically inexplicable," said Dr. Robert Block of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

"I don’t think 11-year-olds go into Rite Aid and buy anything," much less a single pill that costs about $50, added fellow AAP member Dr. Cora Breuner, a professor of pediatric and adolescent medicine at the University of Washington…

Mr. Block must live in a parallel universe. Eleven is the new 18.

Instead, putting the morning-after pill next to the condoms and spermicides would increase access for those of more sexually active ages "who have made a serious error in having unprotected sex and should be able to respond to that kind of lack of judgment in a way that is timely as opposed to having to suffer permanent consequences," she said.

Kids who lack judgment should be given another chance at getting something wrong.

The move will anger many Democrats.

Here the AP gets into the business of prognostication. But they have to write something to support their headline, since they are unable to cite a single person who is outraged anywhere in their article.

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, a member of the Senate leadership, already was asking Sebelius to explain her decision. But it also could serve to illustrate to independents, whose support will be critical in next fall’s presidential election, that Obama is not the liberal ideologue Republicans claim

Oh, our sides. The AP will clutch at any straw to try to get their idol re-elected.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg made clear that the decision is highly unusual. She said her agency’s drug-safety experts had carefully considered the question of young girls and she had agreed that Plan B’s age limit should be lifted.

"There is adequate and reasonable, well-supported and science-based evidence that Plan B One-Step is safe and effective and should be approved for nonprescription use for all females of child-bearing potential," Hamburg wrote.

Pediatrician Breuner said taking Plan B, which contains a higher dose of the female progestin hormone that is in regular birth control pills, wouldn’t harm even young adolescents

But ‘Happy Meals’ are an entirely different story.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “AP Outraged At Block Of ‘Morning After’ Pill”

  1. BillK says:

    If McDonald’s would only give out the Morning After Pill in Happy Meals, no one on the left would have a problem with them.

  2. wirenut says:

    Eleven year olds? Who put the Kennedy’s in charge? Jeesh!

  3. yadayada says:

    Instead, putting the morning-after pill next to the condoms and spermicides would increase access for those of more sexually active ages “who have made a serious error in having unprotected sex and should be able to respond to that kind of lack of judgment in a way that is timely as opposed to having to suffer permanent consequences,” she said

    because an 11 year girl getting pregnant is only a “kind of lack of judgement.” and having to obtain a prescription from an educated physician is akin to “suffering permanent consequences”


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