A story that Matt Drudge seized upon Thursday, about a 20-year-old McCain campaign volunteer who claimed she was assaulted near a Pittsburgh ATM by a large African-American man who took $60 from her and carved a “B” into her face after noticing a McCain sticker on her car, was fabricated by the alleged victim, according to police. Updated
This is a home run for women’s reproductive rights. However, over-the-counter sales are available only to women 18 and older. And that restriction isn’t based on science. It’s based on the paranoid and unfounded fear that the drug would encourage promiscuity among teens.
The president said he favors the FDA’s plan to OK sales of the so-called morning-after pill without a prescription—but not for minors. We’ll give Bush a golf clap for supporting Plan B at all. But behind his no-minors policy is an unfounded fear that emergency contraceptives encourage promiscuity. Don’t bother the man with facts; his mind is made up.
With the FDA set to restrict over-the-counter sales of the “morning-after pill” to people over 18, right-wingers are sending the message to young girls that motherhood is their punishment for having sex.
The government agency will weigh whether to let the drug (Plan B) be sold over the counter—a move that conservative forces, inside the government and out, have long objected to as part of their proxy battle on abortion. This may be happening only because two senators have been blocking the appointment of the FDA’s new head until the agency makes a decision on the drug.