Aug 29, 2005
The FDA has again rejected an application to allow over-the-counter sales of the "morning after pill," Plan B, despite the fact that an advisory board recommended the move more than two years ago. The drug has been found to be safer than many currently available without a prescription.
The FDA says they need 60 more days to "gather public sentiment" about the idea. Since when does science have anything to do with "public sentiment"?!Clearly, it's not ALL of public opinion that they're so concerned about. The FDA is simply bowing to reactionary religious groups, who do not want to make it easy for women to avoid pregnancy.
The FDA admits that Plan B has been shown to be safe for women 17 and older. But they say right out that what worries them is that young teens may react to the easy availability of the drug by having more sex.
As if keeping the drug off the shelves will stop teens from having sex! But it COULD help stop them from becoming teenage mothers.
Karen Pearl of Planned Parenthood hit it on the nose when she said, "There is no question that this is an indication of ideology getting in the way of science."