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The Deadly Realities of Plan B

Posted by thelamp on August 10, 2006

What do you call a prescription medication that has killed at least one woman a year since it was introduced to the U.S. market, and more than 800 additional cases of severe complications? If you’re Planned Parenthood, it’s called “emergency contraception.”

The deadly drug in question is known as Plan B and the morning-after pill. Incredibly, the Food and Drug Administration is moving to make it available to adults without a prescription! Now’s the time for values voters to speak up to protest this terrible idea. Click here to send an e-mail to Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, acting commissioner of the FDA.

The purpose of Plan B is to cause an abortion. It’s actually a series of two pills – one that prevents an embryo from implanting in its mother’s womb, and a second that facilitates the discharge of the embryo. Across the nation, pharmacies and pharmacists who decline to dispense the drug on moral grounds have found themselves the target of boycotts and civil complaints from abortion advocates.

In March, the FDA asked abortion providers and emergency-room staffs to be aware of the possibility of blood poisoning whenever seeing patients who have taken the drug complaining of one of its known side effects. The drug’s manufacturer, Barr Laboratories, lists those complications as “nausea, abdominal pain, tiredness, headache, menstrual changes, dizziness, breast tenderness and vomiting.”

Yet the FDA is moving toward making this deadly drug available for sale anywhere there’s a pharmacy (it would not be available on store shelves). It’s worth considering if any other medication would have even made it to the marketplace were it not for the zealous advocacy of the abortion industry.

What else is behind the current move to greatly expand the availability of Plan B? Certainly pressure from pro-abortion politicians is at least playing a part. Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach faced the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee last week in confirmation hearings, and a full vote in the Senate is possible later this year. The FDA has been without a confirmed leader for almost a year.

Two Democratic members of the committee, Hillary Clinton of New York and Patty Murray of Washington, have said they will hold von Eschenbach’s nomination until and unless the FDA makes a decision on the availability of RU-486.

At last week’s hearing, Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts may have been more prophetic than he knew when he called the current situation “a test case of the FDA’s integrity.” He meant that the FDA should approve Plan B despite its obvious risks. The true test of the FDA’s integrity would be whether the agency has the fortitude to suspend sale of the drug until it can be determined what role it played in the deaths it has reported.

Incredibly, major newspapers, including The Washington Post and the Seattle Times, are advocating for the drug’s quick approval for over-the-counter use. The Post says the drug could prevent up to 600,000 abortions per year, seemingly oblivious to the fact that Plan B is just one means of aborting a baby, albeit one in the earliest stages of life. The Times maintained the drug is “safe and effective,” apparently without consulting the families of the seven young women killed after taking it.

Clearly, Plan B never should have been approved for sale in this country. Yet the FDA has permitted politics to take precedence over the health of women by keeping it on the market despite its documented health risks. Now, unconscionably, they are proposing to put even more women’s lives on the line by making it more readily available!

The RU-486 Suspension and Review Act of 2005, introduced in both houses of Congress last year, would require the FDA to pull the drug off the market until an independent review of the process used to rush the drug to market in 2000 is completed. Both bills, H.R. 1079 and S. 511, have not received the attention they deserve in Congress – and they certainly should be fast-tracked if the FDA proceeds with its plans to make RU-486 available over the counter. The bill is known as Holly’s Law, after one of the women who died after taking RU-486.

It’s time to make your voice heard on this issue! Click here to send an e-mail to Dr. Von Eschenbach, asking that he end discussions to place this dangerous and immoral drug within the easy reach of any adult who asks for it and ban its sale until questions about its safety are resolved. Politics should not be used to put women’s health at risk under any circumstances.

Thanks for letting your voice be heard on this important issue!



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