The Lamp

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Playing Politics With Women’s Health at the FDA

Posted by thelamp on August 17, 2006

As the Food and Drug Administration moves closer to making the dangerous Plan B drug available to adults without a prescription, you’d expect abortion advocates to be celebrating. They are – though many are upset that the government won’t be making Plan B, which has killed at least one woman a year since it was introduced to the U.S. market, available to teenagers as well.

CMC asks its members and all believers to protest the increased availability of this deadly drug. Click here to send an e-mail to Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, acting commissioner of the FDA.

Most prescription drugs have side effects – that’s why they are only available after consultation with a physician. Plan B’s side effects have been horrific – the deaths of at least at least seven women since 2000, and more than 800 additional cases of severe complications.

These facts argue for taking Plan B off the market – but incredibly, the government is signaling that it will accept an application from Barr Laboratories, the maker of Plan B, to make it available without a prescription to people over the age of 18. In announcing the revised application late last week, Barr euphemistically called its poison pill “emergency contraception.”

Plan B is actually a combination of two drugs. The first destroys a baby’s connection to its mother’s placenta, or keeps it from forming. The destruction of the placental connection itself causes heavy bleeding – and another property of the drug makes the bleeding even worse. The second drug causes the uterus to contract, expelling the baby from the womb.

Even if Plan B was not proven to have disastrous side effects, it should be unavailable in this nation on moral grounds, because it causes an abortion. Thankfully, doctors and pharmacists who respect the sanctity of human life currently decline to prescribe or dispense it.

The pro-abortion movement has exerted tremendous political pressure on the FDA to approve Plan B without a prescription, and they are very close to succeeding. Yet this week, liberal columnist Ellen Goodman groused that “the price of getting women 18 and older easy access to Plan B has been to exclude those under 18. . .if (Plan B) supporters are ready to break out the bubbly, it’s because we have to take the deal that’s on the table. But we also have to ask why it’s right – far right – to make it harder for those who are younger.”

What is Goodman’s objection to having teenage girls – or anyone else – get medical advice before taking a drug that could cause them irreparable harm?

The FDA should not make this dangerous drug more widely available; instead, it should pull Plan B from the market until and unless it can be shown to be safe.

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 resist the political pressure put women’s health at risk.

Thanks for letting your voice be heard!



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