Shortly after a pharmacist in Texas refused to dispense the morning after pill, the decision to create an OTC version went before the FDA. They publicized that they were postponing their decision, which could be up to 90 days, on February 13. You can read more about it in, “Is it time for Plan B”.
As you can imagine, there is a good deal of controversy about this drug going OTC. Personally, I believe this drug is a miracle of sorts and should be available over the counter. This drug could help many women avoid the undesirable consequences of a “mistake,” and more notably those women who werenâ€™t offered the choice to have sex.
Recently having participated in an abortion discussion, I noticed that many more pro-life proponents are not opposed to oral contraception than I once thought. Simply stated, birth control works by preventing the fertilization of an egg. Additionally, it helps prevent the build up of the uterine lining so that if an egg is fertilized, the egg will not implant. The mechanism of the Plan B drug is VERY similar and I hope that the people who are not opposed to oral contraception will additionally not oppose this drug.
From the article,
“Wendy Wright, senior policy director for Concerned Women for America, a conservative public policy group, notes that marketing campaigns for Plan B are targeted to young women and seem to encourage multiple sex partners.”
I would like to know how emergency contraception ENCOURAGES multiple sex partners. If anything, the drug discourages sex without contraception. My hope, and I would imagine the hope of many, is that if youâ€™re going to make the choice to have sex, you should be protecting yourself. This drug is not a regular form of contraception. This drug is clearly for the results of an incident that is completely accidental (contraceptive malfunction such as a broken condom or misplaced diaphragm and rape). Furthermore, this drug will not be cheap over the counter. There is NO practicality in using this method frequently.
I really think this is a good thing and I hope that their decision reflects my thought.
Just for entertainment purposes, you should check out Concerned Women for America. The president, Sandy Rios, was a guest on the last episode of Bill Maher. When he was done speaking with her via satellite and the screen faded, Sir Ian McKellan said, “How can such a nice looking person be so screwed up inside?” Priceless!