On the other hand, not only have studies not been conducted on repeated usage of the MAP, neither have they been conducted on the long-term effects of taking just one MAP, the effects on women not screened for medical contraindications, the effects on adolescents (as required by the Pediatric Research Act of 2003), the effects of race, the effects of MAP’s interaction with other drugs, and even the effects of taking the MAP with food.
But studies on smaller dosed birth-control pills show they can cause significant or life-threatening conditions such as blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. BCs are contraindicated for women with diabetes, a history of heart attacks, stroke or blood clots, a history of breast, uterine or liver cancer, and for women who smoke and are over 35.
For some time, makers and pushers of the MAP, along with shrill feminist groups, have been pressuring the Food and Drug Administration to make the MAP available over the counter. The FDA, concerned about social health and safety ramifications, has resisted.
But on Nov. 3, four pro-abort members of Congress (Crowley, Inslee, Maloney, and Shays) introduced the “Plan B for Plan B Act of 2005.” If passed, the FDA would have 30 days to make a decision whether or not to make the MAP available over the counter. Failure to act would result in automatic approval.
And then pharmacists wouldn’t have to worry. Nor would doctors.
But isn’t that why the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Association, and American Medical Women’s Association all support making emergency contraceptives available over the counter?
Bypassing them alleviates the threat of pesky malpractice lawsuits. Never mind the health and safety of American girls and women.
Jill Stanek’s article is a good one. She talks today about the Plan B pill and the fact that if it becomes an over the counter drug it may soon be Plan A. The reason is that when people have access to something they think works, and it doesn’t have perceived side effects, it’ll be the drug of choice for abortion. The problem is that the side effects can be deadly:
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