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FDA Caves In to Abortion Industry, Approves Plan B

Posted by thelamp on August 30, 2006

 The federal Food and Drug Administration last week caved in to pressure from pro-abortion groups and approved the dangerous Plan B drug for distribution to women over 18 without a prescription. Incredibly, this victory isn’t enough for the abortion industry – they want teenagers to have access to the abortifacient as well.

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

“This is an outrageous decision that will put more women at risk of serious complications and even death,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity. “And because Plan B does nothing to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, it will give sexually active men and women even more reason to engage in risky sexual behavior.”

“What’s amazing to me is that the pro-abortion lobby is pressing to make this dangerous drug even more widely available, by removing all age restrictions. It’s bad enough that they have been playing politics with women’s health; to extend their fanaticism to teenagers is beyond the pale.”

The Center for Reproductive Rights, a pro-abortion group, said last week that its lawsuit to make Plan B available without a prescription to all ages would continue despite last week’s decision.

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 seven women since 2000, and more than 800 additional cases of severe complications.

Plan B is actually a combination of two drugs, taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. 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.

It currently costs between $20 and $40 with a prescription, and Barr Pharmeceuticals, its manufacturer, has said Plan B would cost slightly more over the counter. The drug will be sold only in stores with pharmacies.

Since 2003, the FDA had resisted pressure to make Plan B available over the counter. What’s different now? It’s impossible to ignore the connection between the debate over the drug and the confirmation battle over Dr. von Eschenbach. Two prominent Democratic Senators, Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Patty Murray of Washington, had promised to block Dr. von Eshenbach’s confirmation as FDA commissioner until a decision on Plan B was made.

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 FDA should not have made 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. A bill in the U.S. Senate, called Holly’s Law, would take the medication off the market until and unless it can be proven to be safe.

To send an e-mail protesting this decision to the FDA, click here.


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