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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 12:56 PM
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29. more in depth article by Washington Post
Edited on Thu Dec-08-11 01:23 PM by alp227
"Obama defends administrations refusal to relax Plan B restrictions":

Susan F. Wood of George Washington University, who resigned from the FDA in 2005 because of delays by the George W. Bush administration in relaxing restrictions on Plan B, said she was beyond stunned by the decision.

There is no rationale that can justify HHS reaching in and overturning the FDA on the decision about this safe and effective contraception, Wood said. I never thought Id see this happen again.

Opponents of easier access, meanwhile, hailed the decision, saying relaxing the rules would have exposed girls and women to risks from taking high doses of a potent hormone and misusing the medication; interfered with parents ability to monitor their children; and made it easier for men to prey on vulnerable minors.


Plan B has long been controversial and was the focus of one of the most contentious health disputes during the Bush administration. It works primarily by preventing an egg from being fertilized. But critics focus on the chance that it might prevent a very early embryo from implanting in the womb, an action they consider equivalent to an abortion. As a result, some doctors refuse to write prescriptions for it, some pharmacists refuse to fill requests, and some hospitals refuse to provide it to patients.

Wednesdays decision came as the administration is trying to defuse rising tensions with the Catholic Church over several issues, including a proposed mandate that private insurers provide women with contraceptives for free and a federal denial of an anti-human-trafficking grant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.


You know what? This is why we REALLY need separation of church and state. If religious leaders really had any strength they would stop whining to the government all the time for help in getting their agenda out.
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