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Stanek weekend question: Should pro-lifers support OTC sale of contraceptive pills?

Should hormonal contraception be available OTC?AllahPundit at HotAir.com poses this as a political question: Should the GOP support over-the-counter sales of birth control pills?

I’d like to ask the same of pro-lifers. Be sure to take the poll at the bottom of this post.

To boil AllahPundit’s thoughts down, now that the Supreme Court has ruled closely held for-profit corporations do not have to pay for abortion-causing contraceptives, the Obama administration could force insurance companies to provide them “free” (spread the cost among all insurance payees) or force taxpayers to foot the bill (actually, more of the bill we already foot through so-called “family planning” funding).

So why not just make contraceptive pills available over-the-counter, i.e., without a prescription? If the much higher dosed morning-after pills are now available OTC, why not “morning-before” pills? This would simply alleviate the HHS Mandate mess.

Policy reasons to support OTC contraceptives

Ben Domenech at The Federalist thinks such a move would be good policy:

There are a number of objections to this, but I find them to largely amount to unconvincing paternalism. The chief argument advanced is that standard oral contraceptives mess with hormones and have all sorts of side effects. This is, of course, true! But: dangerous side effects are rampant within all sorts of other over the counter drugs. Women can think for themselves and make decisions with their doctor and pharmacist about what drugs they want to take….

It’s obvious why libertarians like the idea of OTC birth control. Conservatives should like it because it removes the responsibility for redistributive payment from themselves while demonstrating that yes, they really aren’t about banning things or preventing access to birth control. And liberals should like it because it will lower the drop-out rate, which is currently largely driven by the requirement to re-up the prescription as much as every few months. The American College of OB-GYNs supports it….

Political reasons to support OTC contraceptives

Ameliorate GOP "war on women" meme by making hormonal contraceptives available OTCPhilip Klein at the Washington Examiner thinks the move would be politically savvy on the part of Republicans:

It would make it a lot more difficult for Democrats to portray the GOP as being only interested in obstructing Democrats rather than supporting their own ideas, and harder to accuse Republicans of being broadly against access to birth control…

If Democrats oppose the move, they’ll have to explain why they want to force women to go through their doctors to obtain birth control and make it harder for uninsured women to gain access.

Moral reasons to oppose OTC contraceptives

The major con against approving of OTC hormonal contraception from a pro-life perspective is it might be to tacitly endorse wider distribution of abortion drugs.

Hormonal contraception can cause abortionsA con from a pro-woman perspective would be that making birth control pills available without seeing a doctor decreases the likelihood girls and women will get proper screening before taking hormonal contraceptives, which are contraindicated for a variety of reasons. Such a move would also decrease the likelihood of proper preventative care, such as PAP smears and breast exams.

Cons from a pro-family perspective would be that wider availability of contraceptives might increase sexual promiscuity as well as aid and abet sexual perpetrators.

The Planned Parenthood factor

Planned Parenthood will lose money if contraception made available OTCIt will be interesting to see how Planned Parenthood comes down on this idea.

Seems to me making hormonal contraceptives available OTC would severely cut into its profit margin. Women would no longer need appointments to get contraceptive pills, nor would they need the Planned Parenthood middleman to purchase them. Wonder if this is one reason Planned Parenthood has begun pushing IUDs. [UPDATE 7/6 5:30p: Looks like ‘m on to something. Robin MartyTruth-Out.org, July 5: “Of course, conservatives really want OTC contraceptives not because they think people should have the ability to prevent pregnancy, but because they hope that would put Planned Parenthood out of business. Once again, that is always the end goal.]

Your thoughts?

 

[Bottom photo via Planned Parenthood]

Left’s anger over Hobby Lobby not about access to medicine

by Kelli

Hobby Lobby protestors are ill-informed.  The company health plan pays for birth-control pills

Again, Hobby Lobby’s health plan pays for birth-control pills, vaginal rings, contraceptive patches, and other items to help female employees plan their pregnancies. The Left’s arguments to the contrary are — surprise, surprise — lies.

What Hobby Lobby will not cover are four contraceptive methods that its owners fear are abortifacients:

Plan B (“The Morning After Pill”)
Ella (a similar type of “emergency contraception”)
Copper Intra-Uterine Device
IUD with progestin

Rather than simply prevent sperm and ova from uniting, Hobby Lobby’s owners believe that these medications either kill human beings when they are fertilized eggs or prevent them from implanting themselves in utero, whereupon they die.

Hobby Lobby does not prevent its female employees from using any of these four types of contraceptives. However, since they believe these innovations kill babies, they simply require that any employees who want to use them buy them with their own money….

At its core, the Left’s moaning over Hobby Lobby is less about access to medicine and more about access to free stuff.

~ Deroy Murdock, National Review Online, June 30

[Photo via act.mtv.com]

Pro-life blog buzz 6-3-14

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Clinic Quotes reports the words of a Boston abortionist who acknowledges that her work as an abortionist does end lives… but for “good reasons”:

    I have the utmost respect for life; I appreciate that life starts early in the womb, but also believe that I’m ending it for good reasons. Often I’m saving the woman, or I’m improving the lives of the other children in the family. I also believe that women have a life they have to consider.If a woman is working full-time, has one child already, and is barely getting by, having another child that would financially push her to go on public assistance is going to lessen the quality of her life. And it’s also an issue for the child, if it would not have had a good life. Life’s hard enough when you’re wanted and everything’s prepared for. So yes, I end life, but even when it’s hard, it’s for a good reason.

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  • In our newest addition to the blogroll, ProLife365.com, Kevin Kukla shares an interview with American Life League’s National Director of STOPP, Rita Diller. Kukla writes that ALL “[has] many projects, including STOPP International, Celebrate Life Magazine, and The Pill Kills.”
  • Americans United for Life says in a new book entitled Protection of Human Life in Its Early Stages, AUL’s William Saunders “shows how the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade was contrary to the principles of American self-government and to the rule of law. Further, he shows how the decision was contrary to science and to fundamental principles of human rights.”
  • Big Blue Wave says birth control and the morning after pill were supposed to end the need for abortions – but in Denmark where sales have doubled, the abortion numbers remain unchanged.
  • FRC Blog remarks on Planned Parenthood’s form letter from abortion-supporting clergy.
  • Abstinence Clearinghouse links to an article discussing the reduction in the teen birth rate.
  • At Live Action, Cassy Fiano says “pro-choicers” are beginning the push to remove conscience protections for doctors who refuse to perform abortions. Remind me again: who are the real “anti-choicers”?
  • Kansans for Life announces that Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri plans to close its “financially failing” facility in Hays, which “no longer qualifies for family planning funds distributed by the Kansas health department.”

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  • A Culture of Life speaks hard truth about the exploitation of IVF. The strong desire to have children is understandable but most couples do not examine adequately the realities that go with IVF treatments:

    There is immediate relief for couples who get a baby. But frequently there are “leftover” embryos. Currently in excess of 10 000 in New Zealand alone.

Many couples end their treatment with no intention of having more children. But frequently they correctly identify these embryos as being the siblings of the children they already have at home. They don’t want to bring them to birth, but they don’t have any morally acceptable alternatives. They see them as theirs, so they don’t want to donate them to others. And because they have some understanding of their humanity, they don’t want them destroyed by the clinic or by medical researchers. So every time the bill for cold storage arrives, there is a repeat of the anxiety. In the past many couples just paid the bill and put off making a decision. But now they will be forced to make the decision after 10 years. These dilemmas aren’t adequately considered before starting IVF.

[IVF image via just.edu.jo]

Parshall: If RU-486 is bad, month-after pill will be worse

Janet_ParshallDevelopers of the month-after pill are advocating the concept that women could use the drug continuously for months as a pregnancy preventive up to four weeks after sex. Four weeks after sex? Doesn’t that mean a woman could possibly be pregnant and the drug is no longer a contraceptive?

But stop for a moment and ask whether researchers have answered the question of what would happen to women who continue to use an abortifacient continuously. What happens to her physically and what impact will it have on her ability to have children in the future?…

Unfortunately our culture is filled with change agents who work diligently to promote the concept of ‘choice’ without consequences. Like Alice, having fallen down the rabbit hole, women are being told to simply ‘take a pill’ and there are no negative outcomes for bad choices.

One of these ‘after’ pills, RU-486, has already claimed the lives of over 2 million children. Nearly 16.5 % of the almost 1.2 million abortions that take place each year are a direct result of RU-486. How terrible that a drug that supposedly is marketed as pro-woman is so utterly anti-woman. 14 women have died from the drug, 612 had to be hospitalized, 339 experienced blood loss requiring a transfusion, 256 experienced infections and 48 women experienced what the FDA labeled as “severe infections.”

Given the track record of RU-486, one can only imagine what the ‘month-later’ pill might potentially do to harm women….

The purveyors of reproductive rights will continue to push their deadly pills but perhaps they should recall the words of Lewis Carroll. “If you drink much from a bottle marked ‘poison’ it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.”

~ Janet Parshall, Christian Post Opinion, October 14

Pro-life blog buzz 8-27-13

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • At Live Action News, Calvin Freiburger warns abortion advocates not to party too much over RH Reality Check’s (I’m sure totally nonbiased) analysis claiming abortion is completely safe and already extremely regulated, so pro-life legislation is a waste of time:

    … A-OKs from state agencies don’t automatically settle the issue. No pro-lifer denies that the average abortionist has basic common sense about avoiding punishment and lawsuits, getting paid, or ensuring repeat customers. The bigger issue is that when abortionists do skirt the rules, liberal government officials and abortion movement leaders can’t be trusted to hold them accountable.The least-acknowledged detail of the Kermit Gosnell case, after all, is that both the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the National Abortion Federation deliberately ignored Gosnell since the early 1990s. Indeed, when faced with those supposedly-nonexistent born-alive abortions, the current occupant of the White House decided nothing should be done about them.

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  • Down on the Pharm discusses New York City’s Democratic mayoral candidates, and their apparent efforts to outdo each other with repulsiveness:

    Christine Quinn [pictured left], current speaker of the city council, is good buddy to Planned Parenthood and foe to pregnancy care centers. She is pushing to supply the morning after pill in middle schools.

What’s next? Slipping birth control pills into the lunches of elementary students?

  • American Life League says the Catholic Church has failed to take a principled stand against Obamacare’s contraception/abortion mandate, even going so far as to accept grants to advance the law’s implementation.
  • Big Blue Wave posts a story, written with a pro-abortion bias, profiling the pro-life movement in Canada. There seems to be quite a bit of concern over many young, unabashedly pro-life, “charismatic” leaders.
  • Americans United for Life joins with 83 Oklahoma legislators concerned about women’s health and safety by filing an amicus curiae brief in the OK State Supreme Court regarding the use of the abortion drug known as RU-486:

    “Women have died when these deadly, life-ending drugs, are administered in ways not advised by the FDA, and yet the abortion industry lobbies and files suit to use them contrary to FDA protocol anyway,” said AUL Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “It is scandalous that Big Abortion puts its profits over the safety of women….

 

Big Abortion openly flaunts its dangerous misuse of abortion-inducing drugs such as the RU-486 regimen. The FDA approved the drugs only through 49 days gestation — but abortion providers administer them up to 63 days. The drugs are to be taken in a clinic or doctor’s office—but abortion providers send women home to administer the drugs alone and away from medical supervision….”

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  • Ethika Politika wonders why motherhood is considered taboo among young women’s future aspirations:

    Why, in a world constantly reassuring women that they can do anything they want, do so many women identify a sense of embarrassment when admitting a desire to embrace motherhood as a legitimate and stimulating life option?…

The lack of essential connection between sexuality and family gives rise to the phenomena of “choosing to have a family,” a hobby seemingly no different than choosing to start a garden, or choosing to take up marathon running, except with far greater start up and overhead costs. When children are not seen as a good in themselves, but rather as a good dependent upon their parents’ whim, having and raising children becomes inadvertently viewed through a lens of suspicion. Is it really the best thing for a woman to waste economic resources and stay at home enjoying a hobby, when she could be contributing to society? Moreover, if she chose to work and have children, she could outsource the maintenance of the child’s basic necessities to another. She could remain an autonomous contributor to and participant in modern life; she could do so much more than simply raising a child.

This belies an inherently false assumption, namely, that devoting oneself to the formation and development of the next generation by raising a child is not a worthy endeavor.

  • 40 Days for Life plans to celebrate, on September 7, the closure of the Bryan/College Station Planned Parenthood in Texas, in operation for 15 years. Interestingly, 40 Days chooses not to legitimize abortion facilities as “clinics” because the majority are not licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers:

[Quinn image via NY Daily News; graphic via Ethika Politika]

Planned Parenthood targets Hispanic teens with online sex drama

EastLosHigh1At the end of the show, viewers are directed to the East Los High website. Planned Parenthood ads plaster the site, along with “resource links” for abortion and birth control…. The show’s Facebook page announces one of the high school girls “doesn’t regret having had sex, she just wished she would have used birth control.”

Even during the breaks in the show, the producers run ads for Plan B one-step morning after pills, with smiling girls saying, “If my birth control fails, I know what to do…. Now no one is going to get in my way.”

The [Hulu] show targets young Hispanics specifically, with the first all-Latino cast in a show of its kind….

Targeting minority populations is nothing new for Planned Parenthood. It has placed 79 percent of its abortion facilities within walking distance of black or Hispanic neighborhoods…. Hispanics currently only account for 21 percent of abortions.

Valerie Huber, president and CEO of the National Abstinence Education Association said the show… continues to spread the message “everybody’s doing it…. But that is not the case. Almost 75 percent of 15-17 year olds have never had sex” and increasing numbers of teens are making healthy decisions to wait for sex.

“You would think, since this show is targeting this age group, they would want to encourage that, not play into the stereotype,” she said.

~ Elise Grafe, reporting on the exclusive Hulu teen drama, East Los High, which was “made in cooperation with leading sexual and reproductive health organizations such as California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, California Family Health Council, Planned Parenthood, and others,” World, August 12

Pro-life news brief 5-9-13

by JivinJ, host of the blog, JivinJehoshaphat

  • The Gosnell jury continues to hear the re-reading of testimony. Based on JD Mullane’s picture of the charges, the jury deliberations could take some time:

    The jurors are also apparently still wrestling with minor charges as well, asking to see files related to two babies that were allegedly aborted past Pennsylvania’s legal limit for abortions of 24 weeks. The panel of 12 also sent out a question asking if the medical files were the sole basis for the 227 misdemeanor charges against Gosnell for allegedly violating Pennsylvania’s 24-hour waiting period on abortions.

  • At National Review Online, Michael New argues that greater availability of contraception (such as the morning-after pill) for younger women may actually result in increased sexual activity, rather than in decreasing the abortion rate.

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  • The New York Times covered Live Action’s InHuman video of abortionist LeRoy Carhart (pictured left). While writer Erik Eckholm says Carhart uses “some imprudent phrases while discussing the process of a late-term abortion,” the article is largely a defense of Carhart and fails to mention his blatant lies regarding the deaths of Jennifer Morbelli and Christin Gilbert:

    The new video captures the doctor, LeRoy H. Carhart, using some imprudent phrases while discussing the process of a late-term abortion with women posing as patients. At one point he describes a fetus that has died after an injection in the womb as softening like “meat in a Crock-Pot.” But the video provides no evidence of illegal action or subpar medical techniques.

    Other medical experts as well as defenders of abortion rights said the comparison with Dr. Gosnell, who seemed to show blatant disregard for his patients and the law, was misleading and unfair.

  • Ramesh Ponnuru and Robert George call for Congress to hold hearings on how states regulate (or in some cases don’t regulate) abortion clinics:

    The grand-jury report suggests as well that the fact that the victims were poor and black partly explained the passivity of state officials. This claim, if true, strengthens the case that the state was failing to fulfill its legal duty. There is, of course, all too much precedent for such state failure to enforce civil rights granted by the Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment contemplates such failure and offers a solution: Its fifth and concluding section confers upon Congress the power to enforce its substantive guarantees. In this case, power clearly implies duty. It is a power Congress has often used to force states to do the right thing, or to step in itself to bring justice where states refused.

[Photo via Daily Mail]

Pro-life blog buzz 3-22-13

by Susie Allen, host of the blog, Pro-Life in TN, and Kelli

We welcome your suggestions for additions to our Top Blogs (see tab on right side of home page)! Email Susie@jillstanek.com.

  • Big Blue Wave links to an article by Matt Archbold at the National Catholic Register which claims pro-lifers are losing the abortion debate. BBW apparently agrees:

    We’ve argued for the humanity of the unborn on the assumption that people accepted the intrinsic worth of a human being. Which they now don’t, because belief in God is waning. There is no way to argue the intrinsic worth of a human being without reference to God. We have a big problem and we need to confront it, pro-lifers.

    Hmm… I wonder what Secular Pro-Life would say in response to that.

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  • Pro-Life in TN follows the case of 26-year-old Lindsey Lowe (pictured left), who disguised her pregnancy, then smothered her twin boys at birth and hid them in the laundry hamper.

    Lowe was sentenced to life in prison, with two counts of felony first degree murder, two counts of pre-meditated murder, and two counts of aggravated child abuse. The trial took six days with only two hours of deliberation. In summation, the D.A. apparently swayed the jury with these words: “speak for these two little boys who will never speak.”

  • Clinic Quotes has a chilling statement made in 2008 by the head of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, Ann Furedi:

    We can accept that the embryo is a living thing in the fact that it has a beating heart, that it has its own genetic system within it. It’s clearly human in the sense that it’s not a gerbil, and we can recognize that it is human life… the point is not when does human life begin, but when does it really begin to matter?

  • Culture Campaign outlines several articles about why the Catholic Church (and Pope Francis) must take a stand against politicians who profess to be practicing Catholics while supporting abortion.
  • Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life discusses the International Day of the Unborn Child, coming up on March 25.
  • Live Action has some advice for Rand Paul and other potential 2016 presidential candidates on the life issue: stop with the mixed messages and learn to articulate your message competently.

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  • Kansans for Life informs prospective donors and volunteers to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society that MSS supports embryo-destructive stem cell research, despite the fact that “there are no MS cures or promising clinical trials using ESC. In fact, adult stem cells are providing actual successful treatments for MS.”

    The MSS Mid America chapter has also “hired Kari Rinker (pictured right), [abortion advocate and former lobbyist for NOW], to be their voice at the state Capitol in Topeka this year[.]”

  • Abstinence Clearinghouse posts an article about liberal Iceland’s effort to ban hardcore pornography online, stating it is a danger to women and children, having “very harmful effects on young people and can have a clear link to incidences of violent crime.”
  • Accepting Abundance outlines the conflicting research on the morning-after pill, stating it should be rejected in all cases:

    So does anyone know how the MAP works? It seems not. That the pro-MAP professionals changed talking points about its mechanism and about pregnancy, thereby circumventing the real question, seems to suggest that they do strongly suspect that the pills interfere with implantation, but will not admit it.

    In fuzzy language, the manufacturers conclude that prevention of implantation is not proven as a mechanism, but they cannot prove that it is not a mechanism even though other MAPs and uses of these drugs in different dosages are known to work by preventing implantation. They seem to think it is unreasonable to have to prove the negative, but that is a standard required of any other medication if the lives in question are valued by society.

    Remember, professionals who promote the MAP have are not concerned with protecting embryonic human life; their motivation lies elsewhere.