Pro-Abortion, Pro-Life Groups Split on FDA’s Morning After Pill Decision

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 24, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 24, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Pro-life and pro-abortion groups are split on the decision of the Food and Drug Administration to allow sales of the morning after pill to women who are at least 18 years-old. Abortion advocates say the decision is long overdue but pro-life groups say the drug may cause abortions on occasion and point to stats showing it ineffective.

"Today, after years of foot-dragging, the FDA put politics aside and granted over-the-counter status to emergency contraception for women 18 and older," Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wrote in an email to its supporters.

"This victory is the result of years of pressure from the scientific and medical communities and pro-choice activists, including thousands of Planned Parenthood supporters like you," she said.

The nation’s largest abortion business encouraged women to celebrate the victory by going to their local Planned Parenthood and purchasing morning after pills to go along with their birth control pills.

"Our country has a serious teen pregnancy problem. As we all know, anything that makes it harder for teens to prevent unintended pregnancy is bad medicine and bad policy," Richards added.

But the morning after pill won’t do that, according to Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America.

A 2005 study co-authored by a Planned Parenthood doctor in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that having Plan B on hand did nothing to reduce pregnancy rates compared to those who obtained the drug from a pharmacy.

Wright also pointed to other problems, including no enforcement of the restriction that the drug not be sold to girls under 18.

“If the FDA thinks that enacting an age restriction will work, or that the drug company will enforce it when it has already announced it has no intention of enforcing it, then they are living in a dream world," Wright said.

"Enforcement requires a penalty for violating the restriction," Wright explained. "The FDA has no authority or ability to enforce an age restriction, and Barr, the Plan B drug maker, has neither the ability nor the willingness."

Wright also said that Planned Parenthood and abortion advocates were given certain restrictions by the FDA on the dangerous abortion drug RU 486, but that those haven’t been followed.

"Those restrictions have never been followed, women have died, yet no one has been punished nor the drug approval pulled,” said Wright.

She also worries that a parent, older sibling or other relative or older friends could purchase the morning after pill for young teens, avoiding the requirement that they visit a doctor first before using the drug.

Wright said selling the morning after pill over the counter will make it easier for men who abuse young women to cover up their crimes.

"Any adult male who is having sex with a minor could walk into a pharmacy, buy the drug, and coax the girl into taking the pill," she said.

Wright has previously pointed out that the morning after pill has failed to reduce the number of abortions in the way abortion advocates claim it would.

She points to Scotland, which made the morning-after pill nonprescription in 1999. In 2005, Scotland reported its highest number of abortions since abortion was legalized in 1967.

In England, abortions increased from 176,000 in 2002 to 185,400 in 2004. In four years, chlamydia went up 76 percent. Gonorrhea went up 55 percent. Syphilis went up 54 percent. Genital warts went up 20 percent.

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