Posts Tagged ‘Emergency Contraception’

In an unprecedented move, the federal Health & Human Services director, Kathleen Sebelius, overruled a decision by the Food and Drug Administration to make Plan B (also called morning-after pills or emergency contraception) available without a prescription.

Since 2009, women younger than age 17 have needed a doctor’s prescription for Plan B, and Sebelius said  it should stay that way.

Sebelius said the pharmacy industry had NOT provided evidence that girls as young as 11 “can understand the label and use the product appropriately”.

Pro-lifers– thankful for any small victory in the culture war– nonetheless scratched their collective heads trying to discern Sebelius’ motives. Some opined she was throwing a bone to religious conservatives riled up at the continuing onslaught of hostile actions by the Obama administration.  To name just two of these actions:

  1. awarding preferential grants to unqualified, but abortion-supportive, groups to rescue & assist sex abuse victims;
  2. issuing contraceptive mandates for insurance plans without meaningful conscience exemptions.

As one well-known pro-abortion blogger noted, “ this victory for women’s health [was] snatched away at the last minute by Sebelius, sending shocks of confusion and betrayal through the pro-choice community, who always thought of Sebelius as a member in good standing.” (That’s an understatement.)

Planned Parenthood was curiously late (Thursday evening) in issuing a complaining letter to Sebelius, perhaps indicating (more…)

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Pandora's Box well-symbolizes The Pill's unmitigated problems

Recent blog posts here have discussed why tax monies should never go to Planned Parenthood, and specifically in Kansas, Title X “family planning” money.  We would prefer that all such money be used for disease screening and prenatal care, instead of contraceptive shots, devices and pills.

(Update June 14: Planned Parenthood’s stealth grab for more federal tax money.)

In every nation where contraception is increased, abortion has never decreased.  Sexually permissive, contraceptive-friendly “blue” states have significantly higher abortion rates than “red” states, according to data from both the Centers for Disease Control and the Guttmacher Institute (Planned Parenthood’s research arm).  That is because increased contraception does not reduce pregnancy:

  • 54% of abortion-seeking U.S. women were using  contraception when they became pregnant;
  • in the first year of contraceptive use, over 16% of teens will become pregnant;
  • 47% of cohabiting, contracepting teens will get pregnant;
  • increased access to contraception gives teens a false sense of security, leading to earlier onset of sexual activities, more sex partners and thus counteracting any intended reduction in pregnancy.

Princeton analyzed 23 studies conducted through 2006 to show if abortion rates and access to emergency contraception (“EC” or “morning-After” pills) are related.  Not even one study showed that EC reduced abortion.  Studies in UK and Sweden verify that increased promotion and distribution of EC and contraception has failed to lower (more…)

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