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Wider Availability of Morning-After Pill Denied

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Posted on Dec 7, 2011
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Kathleen Sebelius is the first health secretary to overrule the FDA, according to an agency spokeswoman.

For the time being, females 16 and under concerned about pregnancy can kiss unrestrained access to the morning-after pill goodbye. On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA’s decision that emergency contraceptives be made freely available to youths over the counter.

Her justification? Eleven-year-old girls were not included in the trials that determined the drug was safe for everyone. A New York Times report did not say whether there is any reason to suspect the drug known as Plan B posed harm to adolescent females of any age. —ARK

The New York Times:

After reviewing the scientists’ determination, Dr. Hamburg [commissioner of the drug administration] wrote that she agreed “that there is adequate and reasonable, well-supported and science-based evidence that Plan B One-Step is safe and effective and should be approved for nonprescription use for all females of child-bearing potential.”
But on Wednesday morning, Ms. Sebelius sent Dr. Hamburg a note saying that she did not agree, so the agency was rejecting the application for the change.

In a statement, Ms. Sebelius said that the drug’s manufacturer had failed to study whether girls as young as 11 years old could use Plan B safely. And since about 10 percent of girls are capable of bearing children as early as 11, those girls need to be studied as well, she wrote.

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Anarcissie's avatar

By Anarcissie, December 9, 2011 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

Obviously Sibelius is doing as she is told.

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By Oceanna, December 9, 2011 at 9:43 am Link to this comment

Ms. Sebelius is not a scientist or physician.  Yet she’s obviously in standing to
contradict the FDA, AMA, the National Academy of Pediatricians, and obstetrics
and gynecology groups who assure Plan B is safe for girls under sixteen. 

She is either taking it on herself to make a decision based on her own personal
opinion while denying the judgement of a broad medical consensus, which would
be a highly dangerous precedent for a HHS Secretary—or Ms. Sebelius is allowing
herself to be a fall gal for a pre-election strategy to avoid chafing more
conservative sensibilities. 

Quack, quack as in duck and quackery!

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By pat keast, December 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm Link to this comment
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Stop blaming Obama. We should have REAL sex in schools like they do in Switzerland. Have birth control pills available for all females. We should have information on all of this and now.
Some people don’t want this for some reason. Back in the early 20th century we were considered to stupid to be told how our own bodies worked.We have the right to control our own bodies. No matter what age.
If an 11 or 12 year old wants a mornign after pill you should find out if she if being raped by someone not arest her!

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By adc14, December 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm Link to this comment

Obama 2008:
“The truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources—it’s about protecting free and open inquiry,” President-elect Obama said. “It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient—especially when it’s inconvenient. Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us.

Obama 2011:
“Screw science. I want to be re-elected.”

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By drbhelthi, December 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

@Anarcissie
Neat idea.
It would work better with an experienced reporter using some info
provided by an insider.  Otherwise, the request could be answered by
references to statements already made by USGOV reps.

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By David J. Cyr, December 8, 2011 at 9:47 am Link to this comment

Apparently, Obama’s and Sebelius’ “pro-choice” position is a preference for abortions rather than prevention.

The corporate party’s Democrats advertise hope, but they deliver despair.

Jill Stein for President:

http://www.jillstein.org

Voter Consent Wastes Dissent:

http://chenangogreens.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=498&Itemid=1

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By Anarcissie, December 8, 2011 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

It would be interesting, and maybe revealing, to know how the decision to obstruct emergency contraceptives was actually made.  Certainly it wasn’t something that just popped into Sibelius’s head one morning.  Perhaps some enterprising reporter could use the FOIA.

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By Dr Bones, December 8, 2011 at 7:52 am Link to this comment
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The most vulnerable are thrown under the Obama bus again.  The youngest are most likely to miscarriage, have still born and die during pregnancy.  No means to support herself or raise a child in this society, unless she goes underground in the sex and drug markets.  And so she will suffer because without money, you are worthless in Amerika. 

Shame on you, Barack Obama.  He can give $ 16 trillion to criminals on Wall Street with no strings attached but, can’t do squat for female children.

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By bluevistas, December 8, 2011 at 7:01 am Link to this comment

yes, Obama’s inner Roosevelt of the day’s speech vanished
nearly immediately after that populist speech.  The man is
not able to maintain consistency.  He doesn’t deserve our
progressive/liberal/Leftie votes.  I will vote Green.

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By Enja, December 8, 2011 at 3:02 am Link to this comment
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What’s next? Teaching females to be responsible for their actions?

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By drbhelthi, December 8, 2011 at 2:16 am Link to this comment

I disagree with the idea that the Obama administration has “lost its way.”  Where is clear evidence that either Barack H. Obama or his administration
ever found its way?

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By Blueokie, December 8, 2011 at 1:22 am Link to this comment

What a transparently cynical attempt to appeal to “social conservatives”, independents, and the uninformed.  Obamanation seems to be desperately looking for a base.

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By Marian Griffith, December 8, 2011 at 1:22 am Link to this comment
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@Fibonacci65
—-but the speeches will get better and better.—-

Consider the american presidency and its whole nomination and election process a lasting coursebook on creative writing.
It will make more sense that way and it will help you sleep at night too.

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By mrfreeze, December 8, 2011 at 12:42 am Link to this comment

A journalist on NPR mentioned this evening that there is NO over-the-counter drug approved and available today that has to meet the “age” requirement of Plan B. There is no scientific evidence suggesting any problems with the drug…..Indeed, this has to be one of the most revealing moments of the Obama presidency…...“content of our character….what….?

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By rumblingspire, December 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm Link to this comment
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Wild Carrot - Queen Annes Lace
(Daucus carota)

“Women have used the seeds from Daucus carota commonly known as wild carrot or queen anne’s lace, for centuries as a contraceptive, the earliest written reference dates back to the late 5th or 4th century B.C. appearing in a work written by Hippocrates. John Riddle writes in Eve’s Herbs, that queen anne’s lace (QAL) seeds are one of the more potent antifertility agents available, and a common plant in many regions of the world. “The seeds, harvested in the fall, are a strong contraceptive if taken orally immediately after coitus.“1 (penis/vagina sex) “

http://www.sisterzeus.com/qaluse.htm

i guess the control freaks will have a job cutting down this ferocious weed!  ha ha ha!

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By Rodney, December 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm Link to this comment
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I’m not sure how I feel about a 12 or 13 year old girl
being able to but the morning after. Maybe at 16. My
concern is if she is sexually abused and forced or
coerced to buy it by someone abusing a child.

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By Fibonacci65, December 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm Link to this comment

So the “new” Obama gave his so-called great speech yesterday and then, of course, caved to the Bishops and had Sibelius do his dirty work for him.  And oh the specious reasoning—this would mean that Ritalin (untested on kids) should also be banned and many, many other drugs.  The caving will never, ever end but the speeches will get better and better.  Sickening.

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