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One story out today was a woman quit a senior position at the FDA over their changes in plans to authorize the Plan B contraceptive. It's a pill with a super heavy dose of birth control that if it's taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex will greatly reduce the chances of pregnancy.
WASHINGTON - The highly regarded women's health chief at the Food and Drug Administration resigned Wednesday in protest of her agency's refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception.
Assistant Commissioner Susan Wood charged that FDA's leader overruled his own scientists' determination that the morning-after pill could safely be sold without a prescription, and stunned his employees last week by instead postponing indefinitely a decision on whether to let that happen.
"There's fairly widespread concern about FDA's credibility" among agency veterans as a result, Wood told The Associated Press hours after submitting her resignation Wednesday.
There are a couple of issues here. One is the age limit. The FDA thinks girls under 17 should have a prescription based on whether or not they administer it properly. The problem you run into is that in order for it to be effective, it has to be taken ASAP and sometimes prescriptions on the fly aren't feasible.
The other issue is the pro lifers consider this tantamount to abortion. Pro choicers see this as an answer to abortion. I agree with the latter. What do you think.
posted by Stithmeister @ 11:11 PM
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Paul of Tarsus (= St.Paul) said that "it is better to marry than burn". If you can't avoid all sex until the Second Coming of the Christ, then, as an indulgence to your shameful and contemptible weakness, marriage will be permitted as a form of fire insurance. Anything else sends you to eternal hell.
(Note: remind certain priests that their "No Child's Behind Left Alone" program is not acceptible to the saint.)
Ultimately, anything that has to do with birth control, abortion, naked people, nekkid people, loose boobs in Superbowl halftime, or anything else that can make the most pure or most prurient (more oft than you think the same people) think of sex, runs into St. Paul.
And the default setting is, "If I had to get married to this yutz, and stay married thereof, and have these pricey whiney kids, all just to get some, then by Gawd, everyone else has to too!"
Doesn't matter two damns if Plan B ended abortion 100%. If people are still out there getting it on, it's a sin and will be stopped.
[Though there is one VERY strange thing, considering. Given that any pharmaceutical involvement in sexual activity is "sinful", and "against God's will", why no pickets against Viagra? Noble and righteous doctors and pharmacists refusing to fill Cialis orders? Why is a young woman on Norplant a harlot, but a fossil taking Viagra is a righteous deacon of the church?]
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Well Cynicus, It's because the MAJOR opponent of birth control is the catholic church. They don't give a rats ass about anything but making more kids i.e. more catholics to serve the church.
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