In a press conference today President Barack Obama was asked whether he agreed with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ decision yesterday to overrule the FDA and block the sale of the morning-after pill (abortion pill) to minors without a prescription.

Obama responded, “As the father of two daughters, I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine.”

After adding he did not get involved in the decision-making process, Obama expounded:

As I understand it, the reason Kathleen made this decision was she could not be confident that a 10-year old or an 11-year old going to a drug store should be able alongside bubble gum or batteries be able to buy a medication that potentially if not used properly could end up having an adverse effect. And I think most parents would probably feel the same way….

When it comes to 12-year-olds or 13-year-olds, the question is, can we have confidence that they would potentially use Plan B properly and her judgment was that there was not enough evidence that this potentially could be used improperly in a way that had adverse health effects on those young people.

Here’s the entire clip:


That’s great, laudable. I cannot believe yesterday Kathleen Sebelius and I agreed on a pro-life issue and today Barack Obama and I agree. Put this in the record books.

At the same time the discrepancy must be pointed out that Obama opposes laws requiring parents to be notified before their minor daughter gets an abortion.

So Obama opposes 10- to 13-yr-old girls having free access to powerful medications without parental oversight for fear of “adverse health effects” if “not used properly” but supports those same girls having free access to abortions without parental oversight, even in another state.

In 1996 Obama responded “No,” on a candidate questionnaire asking “Do you support parental consent/notification for minors seeking abortions?”  As state senator Obama voted “present” in 2001 on two parental notification bills. As U.S. Senator Obama voted “No” in 2006 on a bill requiring parents to be notified before their minor daughter got an out-of-state abortion, and  he voted “No” in 2008 on a bill prohibiting the trafficking of minors from states with parental involvement laws to states without them.

Actually, Kathleen Sebelius is just as bad. As state representative, she, too, voted against a parental notification bill for girls under 16.

Of course I’m glad that for whatever reason these two agree with the pro-family community that making mega-doses of female steroids as readily available to girls – and boys – as bubble gum lacks “common sense.”

But they are certainly inconsistent. Either the two are having dual epiphanies, or there is indeed more to Sebelius’ morning-after pill (Plan B) decision, which is what I think is really going on.

Obama’s daughter Malia is 13, and his daughter Sasha is 10.

[Photo via Politico]

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