If so, count me out.
The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the contraceptive known as Plan B should be available without a prescription for all women 15 and older.
The move is sure to stir controversy among social conservatives, some of whom view Plan B as a form of abortion. Unlike other forms of birth control, Plan B is intended for use after sex, rather than before.
“Plan B One-Step will not stop a pregnancy when a woman is already pregnant, and there is no medical evidence that the product will harm a developing fetus,” the FDA said in a statement.
Until Tuesday, Plan B was only available over the counter to women 17 and older. The FDA had intended to make Plan B more widely available in 2011, but the agency was overruled by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Sebelius’s move angered liberals, women’s-health groups and the FDA’s leadership. A federal judge strongly criticized the decision earlier this month, saying there was no scientific reason not to approve the drug for all women old enough to become pregnant.
A judge…? No reason? Okay.
Let’s think about that for a second. Don’t young women have to get a prescription for birth control pills? Do they get them at least with the knowledge of a parent? Yet, a pill, that in the opinion of a judge is harmless YET changes the blood chemistry of the body enough to stop the egg from implanting or the sperm from surviving, is so safe a kid can get it over the counter, without telling anyone?
So if a child (by law and definition) is having sex without the parents knowledge and thinks she may become pregnant because of unprotected sex (a bad idea to say the least) she can, on her own (after making so many other good decisions without parent or adult input) can make another to ingest a pill that changes her body? And that’s cool?
But, if she brings aspirin or anti-histamine pills to school she can get suspended. If she give Midol to a friend, she can get suspended. This is because it is important to the “collective” to monitor the health of the children within their control?
It must actually hurt sometimes to be a liberal.
Here is a list of possible problems with the judge approved safe pill:
Emergency contraception is an effective option for preventing pregnancy after unprotected sex, but it isn’t as effective as other methods of contraception and isn’t recommended for routine use. The morning-after pill also doesn’t offer protection from sexually transmitted infections.
An estimated 1 to 2 women will become pregnant out of 100 women who have unprotected sex one time and correctly use the morning-after pill.
The morning-after pill isn’t appropriate for everyone. Tell your health care provider if:
- You’re allergic to any component of the morning-after pill
- You’re taking certain medications that may decrease the effectiveness of the morning-after pill, such as barbiturates or St. John’s wort
- You’re breast-feeding (Plan B One-Step and Next Choice can be used during breast-feeding, but Ella isn’t recommended)
In addition, make sure you’re not pregnant before using Ella. The effects of Ella on a developing baby are unknown. However, if you’re already pregnant when you take Plan B One-Step or Next Choice, the treatment will simply be ineffective and won’t harm the developing baby.
Side effects of the morning-after pill typically last only a few days and may include:
Nausea or vomiting
Bleeding between periods or heavier menstrual bleeding
Lower abdominal pain or cramps
Also, and I hate to point out the obvious here, kids aren’t that bright. They don’t read instructions, they don’t follow instructions, they don’t absorb the potential risks of actions very well. The pill will be sold as a cure all. It isn’t. It has to be taken a certain way during a certain window of time. Imagine if the girls get the idea they should take it BEFORE they have sex? Or that they wait a week then take it. What happens? Who fixes that?
To use the morning-after pill:
- Follow the morning-after pill’s instructions. If you use Next Choice, take one Next Choice pill as soon as possible and less than 72 hours after unprotected sex. Take the second Next Choice pill 12 hours later. If you use Plan B One-Step, take one Plan B One-Step pill as soon as possible and less than 72 hours after unprotected sex. If you use Ella, take one Ella pill as soon as possible and less than 120 hours after unprotected sex. Consider taking a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), at the same time.
- If you vomit within two hours after taking the morning-after pill, contact your health care provider to discuss whether to repeat the dose.
- Don’t have sex until you start another method of birth control. The morning-after pill doesn’t offer lasting protection from pregnancy. If you have unprotected sex in the days and weeks after taking the morning-after pill, you’re at risk of becoming pregnant. Be sure to begin using or resume use of birth control.
Using the morning-after pill may delay your period by up to one week. If your period is more than one week late, take a pregnancy test.
If you have bleeding or spotting that lasts longer than a week or develop severe lower abdominal pain three to five weeks after taking the morning-after pill, contact your health care provider. These may be signs or symptoms of a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy — when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in a fallopian tube.
Not exactly the magic pill it is advertised as.
Hey judge, did you read the Mayo report? Or is the plan to have tax payers funded school programs on the proper use of the pill, like they did with condoms and bananas? Thus further undermining the health of the children they swear they care about?
Again, it must actually hurt just a little to be a liberal, unless you have no conscience at all.