One round of emergency contraceptives contains four to 12 times the dosage of a birth control pill.
The long-term effects of emergency contraception on the bodies of girls and women are as yet unknown.
At present we do know the Pill is composed of synthetic female steroids that are environmentally toxic, increase the risk of breast cancer, alter phermones, kill libido, and cause depression, anxiety, and mood disturbances.
And we know easy access to emergency contraception is used by men to exploit women. By extension it is easy to surmise men might use it to exploit girls they are sexually abusing.
And we also know that increased availability of emergency contraception has caused many women to use what was supposed to be “plan b” as “plan a” – their primary method of birth control, this despite its abysmal failure rate. Quoting the New York Times, June 5, 2012:
The pregnancy prevention rates are probably lower than scientists and pill makers originally thought, he said – in some studies as low as 52 percent for Plan B and 62 percent for Ella.
It is into this mix that Federal District Court Judge Edward Korman, a Reagan appointee and pictured right, ruled this morning that emergency contraception must be made available other the counter nationwide to all ages (and genders). From U.S. News & World Report:
In his decision, Korman… said he had hoped the FDA would make the pill available without age restriction after his 2009 decision.”It was my view that the decision whether to make Plan B available without a prescription regardless of age was one that should be made by the FDA … not by a federal district judge,” he said in his decision.
In 2011, President Barack Obama said that he supported the FDA’s decision to not make the pill available to people of all ages.
“[The FDA] could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old [that goes] into a drugstore, should be able – alongside bubble gum or batteries – to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect,” he said. “The question is can we have the confidence that [adolescents] would potentially use Plan B properly.”
Korman argued that Plan B “would be among the safest drugs sold over-the-counter” and the FDA’s argument that young people could misuse the drug was very “unpersuasive.” He said he believed the FDA was under pressure from the George W. Bush administration to keep the drug age-restricted and that the case “has proven to be particularly controversial because it involves access to emergency contraception for adolescents who should not be engaging in conduct that necessitates the use of such drugs.”
He said that, legally, the argument is invalid.
“The standards are the same for aspirin and for contraceptives,” he said. “The standard for determining whether contraceptives or any other drug should be available over-the-counter turns solely on the ability of the consumer to understand how to use the particular drug ‘safely and correctly.'”
All I can say is this is insane. How ludicrous to call these pills “among the safest drugs sold over-the-counter” and to claim the Obama administration was somehow being hogtied by the ghost of the Bush administration.