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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:25 PM
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Morning-After Pill Not OK Over-The-Counter
Morning-After Pill Not OK Over-The-Counter

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By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON - The government rejected over-the-counter sales of morning-after birth control on Thursday because of concern about young teen-agers' use of the pills. But regulators left open the possibility they will reconsider.

The Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) was under intense political pressure from both sides on whether to lift the prescription requirement for emergency contraception. Conservatives argued doing so could encourage unsafe sex. Proponents said easier access to the pills could prevent thousands of abortions and the FDA's own scientific advisers had overwhelmingly backed the change.

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LittleApple81 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:26 PM
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1. So if you cannot get it the morning after, what good is it? n/t
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:32 PM
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2. Big surprise - ideology trumps science yet again
And women suffer for it. :grr:
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prolesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:33 PM
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3. So, I guess this means
they want teens to get pregnant?

What makes absolutely NO sense is that they rant about abortion, but then make access to contraception so difficult.

People, especially hormonally charged teens, are going to have sex and in the heat of the moment, some are not going to take proper precaution. Why not allow them to prevent the pregnancy before it begins?
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ezee Donating Member (615 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:45 PM
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7. ABSTINENCE
is what all the Do Gooders in the mis-administration and the churches want. They don't even want condoms available for the teenage population. They want to roll back sex education to the 1800's.
That way HIV and all the other sexually transmitted disease's can kill off the sinners!
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girl gone mad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:54 PM
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10. Never mind the fact..
that STD rates are actually significantly HIGHER among teens who have only been taught abstinence.
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loftycity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:35 PM
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4. This is really, really bad news..fundies in charge of everyones sex life
The pharmacies could keep the pills behind the counter and just do an ID check for age.
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slinkerwink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:35 PM
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5. WTF?!?!?!?!?!?
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SeattleDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:44 PM
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6. so I guess alcohol and tobacco need a prescription now too
because, gee, I seem to recall that our government only allows these products to be sold to people over a certain age, and they put the onus on storeowners to card people.

Why wouldn't that have worked for Plan B?? It wouldn't be that hard to check ID at the time of purchase IF THAT WAS REALLY THEIR CONCERN.
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SeattleDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:48 PM
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8. sure, they'll reconsider, but the standard is impossible to meet!
But in a letter to Barr Laboratories late Thursday, the FDA said there wasn't yet proof that teens younger than 16 could safely use the pills without a doctor's guidance and it thus was rejecting the move until Barr could provide that evidence.

This is a catch-22. Barr has to prove it's safe and effective for teenagers to use without a doctor's prescription, but since a prescription is still required, how do they 'prove' this? They can't do a real study without physician particpation. Thus, it will never be "proven" to the satisfaction of FDA that Plan B can be sold OTC to teens.
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SeattleDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:51 PM
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9. folks, this is maddening and unacceptable.
sorry to post so many separate things here, but the scientific advisors "overwhelmingly" voted for OTC status.

I am a pharmacist and I've worked for drug companies and been involved in FDA applications and approval decisions. The FDA almost NEVER goes against the advice of its advisory committees. They have to have compelling reasons not to take that advice.

This is pure ideology under the guise of concern for the health and welfare of our teens.
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Nalgenelover Snort Donating Member (46 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 05:57 PM
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11. Oh, for the love of--
"Conservatives argued doing so could encourage unsafe sex."

People are GOING to have sex whether you give them contraception and abortions or not. That's called "reality."
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 07:30 PM
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13. Hi Nalgenelover Snort!!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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loftycity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:21 PM
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14. Hey New Yawker99 getting closer to the 700 club I'll be there for awhile
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damnraddem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 06:24 PM
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12. OH, yeah, teens might use the pill, so not conceive. What a disaster!
HUH?

Yeah, and treating AIDS only encourages more unsafe sex. Treating lung cancer only encourages more smoking. Treating heart disease only encourages more overeating and sedentary lifestyles. Hey, we should just do away with all of medical science, so as to promote 'morality' and healthy lifestyles -- right?

Sheesh!
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MaineDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:53 PM
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15. Thankfully for Mainers...
our Legislature was smart enough to approve this and the Governor has already signed the bill.
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DaveSZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 08:57 PM
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16. Fundies make me so angry
:mad:

This was a real opportunity to reduce the teen pregnancy rate, and abortion rate.

John Kerry must win!!!!!!!!!!
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