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musette_sf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 02:10 PM
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In Astounding Move, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Overrules FDA Recommendation
In Astounding Move, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Overrules FDA Recommendation to Make Plan B Over-the-Counter

In what can only be called an astounding move by an Administration that pledged on inauguration day that medical and health decisions would be based on fact not ideology and for which women are a major constituency, today Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) overruled a much-awaited decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make emergency contraception (EC) available over-the-counter (OTC) to women of all ages.

According to the New York Times, "no health secretary has ever before."

EC has been available over-the-counter for women ages 18 and older for at least two years. The FDA has been further reviewing data on whether the method should be available OTC without a prescription to those age 17 and younger at risk from unprotected intercourse.

In a statement this afternoon FDA underscored that it "had been carefully evaluating for over a decade whether emergency contraceptives containing levonorgestrel, such as Plan B One-Step, are safe and effective for nonprescription use to reduce the chance of pregnancy after unprotected sexual intercourse."

more at http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/article/2011/12/07/in-ast...

also see http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/health/policy/sebeliu...

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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 04:11 PM
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1. What do you expect from a DLC member?
I used to think she was OK until I found out she was DLC. Now, this re-enforces my suspicions. Corporate profits come first.
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johnb72341js Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-11 02:20 AM
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6. +1
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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 04:16 PM
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2. Obama's been schmoozing the Catholic Bishops about reproductive rights too
The only conclusion I can draw is that they are convinced feminists will vote (D) no matter what, so by pandering to the far right, they might get a few more votes.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 04:16 PM
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3. another reason to vote for Obama. He sure know how to pick them
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-07-11 11:48 PM
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4. k&r&wtf? She is worried that 11 yr olds won't use it properly so blocks it up to 17?
On the 1 hand, I understand her concern about 11 yr olds, but on the other hand, they need access, very much need access as they will be (I predict) some of those least likely to go to a doctor for an Rx. ARGH.

Yup. That'll teach those 11 yr olds to not have unprotected sex. Since they aren't mature enough to understand how to properly take Plan-B, just let'em get pregnant instead!

grrrrr
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 09:23 PM
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5. I seriously do not understand how this could in any way be right.
If they are concerned about a teen, or preteen, not being able to read, understand and take the med according to the directions, why the hell are things like tylenol so easily accessible? Overdose on that, as some have done, and you die.

Or aspirin. Take too many, as I have heard kids of that age discussing, and you end up with ringing ears and bleeding in your stomach.

"because they are minors and parents need to be responsible for them" is also crap. Having it accessible is for those kids who can't involve their parents/guardians. It ends up simply with the desire to control. Yes, it is frightening to think of your child doing something without your permission, but in some cases it is necessary.

I really don't understand how this could in any way be positive.
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