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‘Plan B’ decision puts pro-life groups, bloggers in an unfamiliar position
December 9th, 2011
04:21 AM ET

‘Plan B’ decision puts pro-life groups, bloggers in an unfamiliar position

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – The decision by Kathleen Sebelius to keep age restrictions on the purchase of the “morning after pill” puts some conservative religious groups in an unfamiliar position – endorsing a move by the Obama administration.

Groups like the Family Research Council, who regularly find themselves on the opposite end of decisions made by the Obama administration, came out in support of the administration and in particular, Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

“Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was right to reject the FDA recommendation to make this potent drug available over the counter to young girls,” stated a release by the pro-life Family Research Council.

In an interview with CNN’s John King, Jeanne Monahan of the Family Research Council addressed the fact that this was an unfamiliar position for the group.

“It is a great pleasure to be able to say congratulations Secretary Sebelius,” said Monahan. “I think you made a decision that was in the best interest of young women’s health,” said Monahan as if she was speaking directly to Sebelius.

President Obama told reporters Thursday that he “did not get involved in the process,” but that he supports the decision.

“As the father of two daughters,” Obama said. “I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine.”

"The reason Kathleen made this decision was she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old go into a drugstore, should be able - alongside bubble gum or batteries - be able to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect,” he continued.

In commending Sebelius, many pro-life groups also pressed the Obama administration for more.

“The pro-life movement welcomes Sebelius’ decision, and hopes that HHS will revisit the question of whether Plan B should be available over the counter to anyone,” wrote the Pro-Life Action League in a post on their website.

Pro-life bloggers, while welcoming the unexpected decision, also kept a stead dose of skepticism as to why this decision went their way.

“I try to make a habit out of not criticizing good decisions, even when they are made by untrustworthy people for bad motives,” wrote Thomas Peters at CatholicsVote.org. “So good job, Sebelius, you got one right. Now can we go for two?”

In reversing the recommendations of the FDA, which recommend allowing Plan B to be sold over the counter, Sebelius did not reject the idea of over the counter birth control, a step many anti-abortion bloggers wanted.

Instead, Sebelius cited “label comprehension” as one reason for the reversal.

“Whatever the reason for her decision,” wrote Chelsea Zimmerman at the blog Catholic Lane. “It was certainly the right one.”

Not everyone, however, was patting the secretary on the back.

"It is surely not a scientific decision," says Susan Wood, who resigned as the FDA’s Director of the Office of Women's Health in 2005 in protest to the restrictions on Plan B supported by the Bush administration. "The secretary's rationale is very similar to the one used in the previous administration to block Plan B from going over-the-counter. It is not supported by data."

CNN’s Brianna Keilar contributed to this report.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Abortion • Politics • Sex

soundoff (793 Responses)
  1. dionysus

    What the hell, conservatives? I thought you wanted a free market. Well, if there's a market for Plan B why are you trying to stand in the way of the free market?

    December 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Bob

      Indeed. The religious right is neither capitalist, nor fiscally conservative. They are just a bunch of deluded idiots who believe in fables that smart people left behind long ago.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • Jesus

      Life begins at erection! While we are at it, why don't we just label mastur bation as murder too. It's half of a fertilized egg is it not. Oh, and women, when you have your period, that too is murder. For every egg you have, it is your job to ensure it is turned into a baby!

      This is (Insert Repug Candidate) and I not only approve this message but will make this the law!!

      December 9, 2011 at 6:48 pm |
    • Fuyuko

      Personally, I'm all for the drug. It is the woman's right to decide what she wants to do with her womb. No more unplanned babies.

      December 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  2. George

    The Obama admistratation needs to take this a couple of steps forward and ban it completely and ban the birth control pill altogether. These pills cause abortion by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting and thus it is expelled.

    People need to learn sefl-control. Save s.e.x for procreation.

    December 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • dionysus

      Oh quiet you. Get your fat nose out of other people's reproductive organs and mind your own damn business.

      December 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      George, how are you doing with explaining why 700,000+ christians per year in the USA indicate their support for a women's right to choose by having an abortion?

      December 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • George

      @HotAir

      Since only 18% of women who have abortions identify themselves and born-again evangelics, I'd say your statistics are skewed towards anyone who even breathes the word "Christian." However, 18% is an abomination. We need to start teaching about sin from a young age, and make clear that people who have abortions are going to hell.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • George

      @dionysus

      The morality of America IS my business.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @George
      Once upon a time, there was a man named Onan who was commanded to impregnate his sister-in-law.
      Onan instead chose to pull out at the critical moment and spill his seed on the ground.
      For this trespass, God executed him.

      And that's why Catholics and other crazy Christians consider birth control an abomination.
      Makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

      December 9, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • George

      @Doc

      You betcha. That and that pregnancy is the natural result of s.e.xual intercourse except in those who are infertile through no fault of their own.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @George
      You just made my brain hurt.
      I take it you are completely against masturbation and oral s.ex as well?

      December 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • captain america

      So doc does the Obama Administration have relevance in canada or are you just on here still butting in where you do not belong?

      December 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Brent

      Your religion is YOUR religion. It is supposed to be YOUR compass to live YOUR life by. There is absolutely no reason for you to wield your bible as a weapon in political warfare by using it to justify YOUR positions on issues of legality.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      George, you still haven't explained "why" christians have so many abortions, unless you are saying it is purely an education problem which I can't believe given how much attention abortion gets.

      So, I ask again, why so many abortions by christians? Why do your cult members ignore your god's rules? Why can't your god prevent such an egregious sin? Why does your god allow the deaths of innocent persons (according to your definition of a person, not mine)? Why does your god take such a circuitous and painful path in dealing with abortion?

      The only reasonable answer is there are no gods.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
    • George

      @Brent

      That's moral relativism.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      CA, what goes on in the USA is of great interest and concern to non-Americans because the USA insists on projecting its power and values outside the USA. Given that all american administrations to date have had to cater to right-wing christian whackjobs (you being a perfect example), it is wise to keep on eye on the crazies and to try to inject sanity as early as possible.

      The best way to shut up Canadians, at least in this forum, would be for you to shutup!

      In closing, other than whining about Canadians, do you have anything of substance to contribute, or are really just the shallow, ignorant, xenophobic, believer fool you appear to be?

      December 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • George

      @HotAir

      That's what I said. It is an education problem whether you believe it or not. God gives us all the power to choose. Some choose a path that will lead them directly to hell. The problem is that there are far too few sermons on sin. People have to know that the wages of sin is death.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      George, would that be the same moral relativism you are prepared to engage in by voting for Newt when he become's the GOP's presidential nominee?

      December 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • George

      @HotAir

      If you are Canadian then our conversation is closed.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      George, after 2000+ years of education and threats of death, your cult has failed at getting the message out. Perhaps the message and threats have no credibility – they are just desert dweller stories.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • captain america

      They are all canadians George. You rock!

      December 9, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      What's being Canadian got to do with anything? Shouldn't you want to save people of any nationality?

      December 9, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • Snow

      @George.. "God gives us all the power to choose." and you want to take that choice away from people and bring in a theocracy?? Talk about hypocrisy..

      Also, I have to ask you.. do you follow everything in your bible? if so,
      – How many non believers did you kill till now
      – how many idol worshipers of different faith did you kill
      – how many blasphemes and witches did you burn at stake
      – How many disobedient children did you kill for talking back to their parents?

      When you do all those, come talk to me and I will consider you a true christian and hear every bit of drivel you dish out.. till then, I suggest taking a pie of "shut the f up"

      December 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • George

      @Doc

      Yes, I am against them completely. That is sinful s.e.xual behavior.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • Brent

      @George

      Guess what? Moral relativism more accurately reflects the reality of even YOUR religion. Christianity no longer advocates for slavery, ownership of a wife by her husband, or the death penalty for adultery. If Christianity is truly based on moral absolutism, then why do its values change? Times change, and morality changes with them according to our collective knowledge. Moral absolutes are just an excuse to arbitrarily cherry-pick rules out of a religious dogma and apply them to everybody, regardless of whether or not they subscribe to that particular dogma.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • George

      @Snow

      So you want to silence conservative Christians? I will not shut up, and the next president will be a conservative who knows he cannot get elected without the support of conservative Christians. This is a majority Christian nation, and most people see the arguments of the atheists for the lies that they are.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • George

      @Brent

      Tough that you don't want to be held to moral standards. You need to get your heart right with God.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • Snow

      @George.. I see that you have not responded to my argument.. Which proves you yourself do not subscribe to the standards of morality you oh so gracefully smother on others.. I got a word for the likes of you.. Hypocrite!!! um.. second word.. Moron! and ..

      December 9, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Brent

      @George

      Morality can be effectively defined without using a supernatural power to justify it. In fact, people have been doing it for thousands of years.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • George

      @Snow

      So much anger and hate towards Christian conservative fundamentalists. I believe in God and my faith, and I know that the likes of you will never be in the majority in the US, if you are even from the US. CA seems to think that you are all Canadian.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • George

      @Brent

      Then what is the source of your objective morality?

      December 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @HotAirAce
      I think he's afraid that we put RU486 in the poutine up here, eh.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Brent

      Logic. That has been the basis of secular moral philosophy since Aristotle. Do you really believe that people are incapable of developing a moral compass without being taught about God?

      December 9, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • Bob

      George, you really need to see this.
      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUspLVStPbk&w=640&h=360]

      December 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Keith

      HAA, just what is the "message" you are referring to. Explain please.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • George

      @Brent

      Logic is amoral. It's not even the branch of philosophy that deals with ethics.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • George

      @Brent

      Logic is amoral. It's not even the b ranch of philosophy that deals with ethics.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      “Every sperm is sacred,… but if the grow up to pray to Lilith,..kill them. Every sperm is sacred but you can r_pe the earth all you like,..” Christians don’t know what sacred is if every sperm is sacred they why are they not going after “spay a neuter your pet” people.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
    • Keith

      George, HAA doesn't seem to grasp the fact that many of these people who claim the name of Christ are not Christians. I tried pointing this out to him via an article in the Christian Post from Mon, April 18 2011 "Many Born-Again Christians Hold Universalist Views, Barna Finds", but his brain is too frozen to grasp this. Must be all that permafrost in Canada. This just debunks his abortion "question" he keeps posing on the blog.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Snow

      @george.. way to dodge the questions.. I tell ya, people gotta learn how to sidestep questions from you morons..

      I do not hate all the christian conservatives.. only those who forget using their brain and preach things they do not understand like mindless morons.. aka, the likes of you.

      But we are going off the topic.. you still haven't proved why your morality that preaches death to disobedient children is better than others..

      December 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Keith, I mean the education that George doesn't think has been adequately covered by 2000+ years of sermons on sin.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Cyrus

      Dude, you need to get laid. You have wayyyy too much morality gas in your system.

      December 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
    • Brent

      George you appear to have a complete misunderstanding about logic and its role in ethics/morality. It doesn't come as much of a surprise, though, as most hard-line Christians are indoctrinated to believe that morality is an unnatural condition to man which is dependent upon the word of Jesus Christ. All ethics is based on logic. The only question is which logic is better, the tradition stemming from Aristotle through the present day and which doesn't depend on a supernatural being as its cornerstone, or the tradition that says man cannot be moral without God and morality is absolute (despite its own prescriptions for right and wrong changing countless times over the past couple thousand years)?

      December 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Keith, I found the article you referenced but only the external, non-CNN, one, so cannot review the exchange you say we had then. At the time though, I probably asked who gets to decide who is a christian or not? Surely you (and George?) are not suggesting that you have that capacity or responsibility, are you? Until you provide us poor atheists with a sure-fire way to determine who is a christian or not, I believe the christian thing to do is to take all at their word. I do have some sympathy for you as you apparently must tolerate many shabby fellow cult members, and there seems to be a reluctance to say very publicly "YOU are not a christian!", but that goes with setting yourself (not you personally, christianity more specifically and religion in general) up as holier than thou and having the one true god. The crosses you must bear as a adult that chooses to believe children's fairy tales...

      December 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Jesus

      Life begins at erection! While we are at it, why don't we just label mastur bation as murder too. It's half of a fertilized egg is it not. Oh, and women, when you have your period, that too is murder. For every egg you have, it is your job to ensure it is turned into a kid!

      This is (Insert Repug's Candidate) and I not only approve this message but will make this the law!!

      December 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • tallulah13

      It's none of your business, George. None whatsoever.

      December 10, 2011 at 12:31 am |
    • Keith

      HAA, Just what makes you think that you know anything about the "Christian thing to do"? Christians are to be as wise as serpents, testing the spirits. In other words, we are to be on guard for imposters. You don't have a clue. So like a Canadian trying to butt into American affairs, perhaps the atheist should leave Christian affairs to Christians.

      December 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
    • Fuyuko

      Spoken like a guy. When you have a womb, you can start telling others with wombs how they should manage theirs.

      December 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Keith, I spent many years subjected to religious indoctrination because that was what parents did then. I'm fortunate to have shaken off the indoctrination but that does mean I've forgotten. I see you've succumbed to CA's and George's way of handling questions you can't answer – play "The Canadian Card" – that certainly demonstrates intellectual superiority and conviction of beliefs!

      December 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  3. David Johnson

    Plan B, is a gift from god!

    I think a more realistic age to restrict OTC sales, would be 15. There is only about a 2 day window, for the pill to be effective. I think young girls may be way to scared / embarrassed to tell their parents in time. And then you would have a fetus to abort. These pills should be located in a fish bowl on the school counselor's desk. Make them multi-colored like M&Ms. In this case, I would skip the green ones.

    Cheers!

    December 9, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • Jesus

      Life begins at erection! While we are at it, why don't we just label mastur bation as murder too. It's half of a fertilized egg is it not. Oh, and women, when you have your period, that too is murder. For every egg you have, it is your job to ensure it is turned into a lil' baby.

      This is (Insert Repug Candidate) and I not only approve this message, I will make this the law!!

      December 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Fuyuko

      If they are old enough to shag, they are probably old enough to understand when protection fails and they may need this pill

      December 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  4. David Johnson

    @Keith

    And lots of times, people with perfect sight, "see" things that are not there. Like Messiahs and insane gods.

    Cheers!

    December 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Keith

      Hey DJ! Notice how that caliphate forming around Israel resembles those nations mentioned in Psalm 83? Just in case you didn't notice, Israel became a naiton again in 1948. Time is running out for you and your atheist pals. Tick tock. Tick tock. Repent, before it's too late. Cheers!

      December 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Keith

      While the establishment of the state of Israel was seen by Christian Zionists as a sign that God was fulfilling his promises to Abraham and Jacob, the early political leaders of Israel were primarily secular. David Ben Gurion, Israel's Prime Minister from the founding of Israel until 1963, represented the secular Ideals of the early Zionists.

      For practical reasons, Ben Gurion accepted the boundaries that excluded the ancient Jewish lands of Samaria and Judea in the West Bank. The early Israeli leaders also agreed to a divided Jerusalem.

      There was no miracle here, or Jerusalem would not have been divided. Idiot Evangelicals see a miracle behind every event.
      Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America's entire foreign aid budget.

      Eventually, the Palestinians will be given their own state.

      The United States is the reason Israel survives. Not the Jews desert war god.

      At any rate, Jesus predicted He would be back in the 1st Century. Someone should buy Him a watch.

      Cheers!

      Cheers!

      December 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  5. Really?

    S e x is a big industry; keeps a lot of folks employed; the Pharma's, the hugh hef's, p o r n stars and sundry...
    Se x sellsl!!!
    Have human being's lost control of their faculties or what?

    What a SHAME!!

    December 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  6. Mike

    It is frightening how many people want to control the actions of others...soon the 'land of the free' will be indistinguishable from communist China or the old Soviet Union. If you don't like Plan B, don't buy it, duh!!!

    December 9, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • k

      Plan B is bad...but apparently cigarettes are ok to be sold over the counter.

      It's money and control...neither of which we really have anymore.

      December 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Mike

      You said: "It is frightening how many people want to control the actions of others...soon the 'land of the free' will be indistinguishable from communist China or the old Soviet Union. If you don't like Plan B, don't buy it, duh!!!"

      The Christian Right would ban abortion and Plan B and RU – 486
      So a child is ra_ped. A pill could be given that greatly lowers the possibility of pregnancy. The Christian Right demands the child will take her chances and deliver a baby if "god so wills".

      Remember the loathsome degenerate, that attacked the child, may father the man that will find the cure for cancer.... All part of god's Great Plan.

      If only Mary had, had access to Plan B. We could have been spared 2000 years of stupidity.

      If my daughter were attacked, I would beg, borrow or steal, to get Plan B for her. I think most father's would feel the same way.

      If it was too late for Plan B, and she turned up pregnant, I would go to a state / country that allows abortions and the fetus would be aborted. I don't care if it was a late term abortion. I'm not a bigot.

      So much for god's Great Plan.

      If god does not want us to terminate unwanted children, then He should stop giving them to women who don't want them.

      The bible says babies are a gift from god. If this is true, then why do drug addicts, impoverished mothers and girls too young to care for a baby receive this gift? Meanwhile, women who desperately want a child remain barren.

      In all the anti-abortion adds, the babies are healthy and beautiful. But god give crappy gifts to. Babies that will die early in their life, babies without brains, horrid birth defects. But, it is all part of god's Great Plan.

      God does not care, or He does not exist. I prefer that He does not exist. For if He exists, He is vile.

      Cheers!

      December 10, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  7. Big John

    So what's to stop underage girls from getting a woman to go in the store and buy the pill for them? You know, like underage drinkers routinely find someone to buy alcohol for them. GeraldH is 100% correct. You are taking away the consequences, and allowing them to do whatever they want. Come on, at least PRETEND you care about our children and REQUIRE a prescription.

    December 9, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  8. christian

    Libido supressors? Maybe they should pass em out to the Catholic church. Its a good thing little boys can't get pregnant or the Catholics would have to support the morning after pill. The notion of a free country is fading fast folks.

    December 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • Jesus

      Amen brother!

      December 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
  9. Karl

    The GOP is a phony lot. They wear their religion like a war medal but lack the backing or substance.

    December 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm |
    • David Johnson

      The Republicans serve 2 masters: The rich and the Christian Right.

      The Christianity practiced today, is not the Christianity I grew up with. The Republicans have selected Paul as their Messiah. The words of Jesus concerning the rich and taking care of the poor, are never mentioned. We are no longer our brother's keeper. Our brother is responsible for his plight.

      God blessed the rich. To suggest they help the poor, is to poke god in the eye! The poor deserve their plight.

      Was it not Christ that gave us the prosperity gospel?

      Amen my brothers!

      Cheers!

      December 9, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
  10. SiriusVH

    Reality .... Great job!

    December 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  11. geraldh

    A blind hog even finds an acorn once in a while.

    December 9, 2011 at 12:16 pm |
  12. TomInRochNY

    So, now they just have an abortion in some back alley. Yeah, that's much better.

    December 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
  13. I got a million of 'em

    The best anti libido pill I know is my ex wife.

    December 9, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • geraldh

      A blind hog finds an acorn once in a while.

      December 9, 2011 at 12:15 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Yes, studies have shown that fat, ugly girls find it much easier to remain virtuous. Purity rings of larger sizes seem to have more "Jesus" power in them.

      Alcohol and last call have given hope to ugly women. It is a gift of Allah!

      Cheers!

      Cheers!

      December 9, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  14. @omegaraiel

    Protecting kids from medication is good. Can 10-year olds legallying buy Tylenol? That is potentially much more harmful as an overdose.

    December 9, 2011 at 11:39 am |
    • Robert Dennis

      ... sorry people who make sense are not allowed to post on this board.

      December 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @@omegaraiel

      You said: "Protecting kids from medication is good. Can 10-year olds legallying buy Tylenol? That is potentially much more harmful as an overdose."

      Especially, if the brats are using the Tylenol to cure hangovers.

      Cheers!

      December 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  15. sheetiron

    Good job! Its about time!

    December 9, 2011 at 11:29 am |
  16. derp

    Great, this will result in even more abortions.

    December 9, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • 2cents4free

      This drug induces abortions.

      December 9, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Maya

      This drug DOES NOT induces abortions. That is a lie perpetuated by misogynistic "pro-life" groups. An abortion can only occur after pregnancy has begun. Pregnancy doesn't begin until a fertilized egg implants.

      December 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
    • Slick

      @2cents4free

      No... Just no...
      This is what happens when you make assumptions about things you don't actually understand. The Plan B pill attempts to prevent implantation (something that regular oral birth controls also do, but I'm guessing you didn't know that). An abortion terminates a fertilized AND implanted embryo.

      Sorry to say it Anti-choicers, but you are not pregnant until the egg has been fertilized AND is implanted in the womb.

      December 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
    • 2cents4free

      Life begins at zygote.

      December 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Erianna

      Yes 2 Cents you are 100% wrong. It does not cause an abortion. A ZYGOTE is not a human you crazy nut! Its a sac of cells. You know nothing about this pill obviously.....

      December 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  17. tallulah13

    This decision will not prevent teens from having s.ex. Historically, very little has prevented teens from having s.ex. It simply keeps a tool for pregnancy prevention out of the hands of people who might need it.

    Hopefully, parents are doing their job of informing their children the benefits of waiting, and the proper usage of birth control and personal protection in case they decide not to wait.

    December 9, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Duck

      Abortion Pill: Doesn't Exist!!

      December 9, 2011 at 11:53 am |
    • geraldh

      Historically very little has stopped teans from having s – e -x? Really? this is why STDs and teen pregancy and out of wed lock births and abortions have skyrocketed since the pill? The pill took what stopped kids from having s – e – x away. Consequences. But now there are different consequences. Bruised souls, used bodies, false love, disease.

      December 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Perhaps only the reporting of the numbers skyrocketed, gerald. Did you ever consider that?

      December 10, 2011 at 12:36 am |
    • David Johnson

      Why not incorporate the Plan B in a Flintstone Gummy Vitamin? Give the brat 1 at breakfast! Forget the purity ring. Tear up the purity pledge. A Dino or a Wilma "whoops" Abstinence Only, every time.

      Science is making god a moot point.

      Cheers!

      December 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  18. Brad

    Relatively few medications make it to OTC status. For all that do it would be best if minors didn't have unsupervised access to them. For that matter, unsupervised adults make peculiar decisions regarding medication at times.

    December 9, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  19. Reality

    There are pills to increase libido, prevent pregnancies and to kill babies. Since this is all about biology, there should be no reason that a temporary anti-libido pill could not be developed. Eliminate the desire, eliminate the problem!!

    December 9, 2011 at 7:23 am |
    • Bo

      This “pill” only prevents conception; it does not “kill” a baby. That is OK, except it can only encourage premarital s,e,x, especially with teenagers. I noticed on the package that it was especially designed for “women”(?) under 17 years of age. What does that tell you?

      December 9, 2011 at 8:01 am |
    • Shadowflash1522

      Actually, I think that's a really interesting idea. Libido suppressors would be the celibate person's dream, regardless of the reason(s) they're celibate. Only problem is that such a drug would not be good for teenagers' (the problem group in question) health because it would have to tamper with their hormones, which are the driving force behind adolescent maturation. They could end up with seriously stunted growth and all kinds of health problems.

      Still, it's a novel idea. And Bo's right, there's no such thing as an "abortion pill" - certain substances and behaviors can increase your chances to miscarry, but there is no magic drug.

      @Bo: I think you misread the label. It says "Rx [prescription] only for women younger than age 17" as per the law.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • tallulah13

      Bo, what the package said was "Rx only for women younger than 17" which means they need a prescription before they can buy, not that it's designed for them. What it tells me is the ban is already in place.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:58 am |
    • RedMenace

      Reality, consider the fact that you are advocating violating someone's civil rights in the most intrusive and oppressive way and then look at the muck and stench of what you are doing. It is not any different than something the pope would suggest.
      Your hypocrisy is showing. Why not keep that hypocrisy in your pants before someone chops it off.

      December 9, 2011 at 10:12 am |
    • Scar

      No reason? Are you really that stupid or did you have to work at it?

      December 9, 2011 at 10:16 am |
    • HotAirAce

      There is no reason that such a pill could not be developed – if fact, I think such drugs already exist and are used for "chemical castration." I'm not suggesting for a second that they should be routinely used to control normal human desires.

      December 9, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Reality

      No one is advocting that "anti-libido" pills be forced on anyone. Might there be another biochemical path besides the hormonal path to evaluate for said drug? Neuron pathways? Nerve pathways?

      And from the Planned Parenthood website:

      "The Abortion Pill (RU-486) at a Glance (This is NOT the morning after pill)

      Take medicines to end an early pregnancy
      Safe and effective
      Available from many Planned Parenthood health centers
      Costs about $300–$800"

      December 9, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • Reality

      Beyond/Before the morning after pill:

      Cont-raceptive method use among U.S. women who practice con-traception, 2002 (From Guttmacher Inst-itute data)

      Method..... No. of users (in 000s)......................... % of users

      Pill....................... 11,661........................................ 30.6

      Male condom ........6,841........................................ 18.0 "

      i.e.
      The pill fails to protect women 8.7% during the first year of use . (Guttmacher data)

      i.e. 0.087 (failure rate)
      x 62 million (# child bearing women)
      x 0.62 ( % of these women using contraception )
      x 0.306 ( % of these using the pill) =

      1,020,000 unplanned pregnancies
      during the first year of pill use.

      For male condoms (failure rate of 17.4 and 18% use level)

      1,200,000 unplanned pregnancies during the first year of male condom use.

      The Gut-tmacher Inst-itute) notes also that the perfect use of the pill should result in a 0.3% failure rate
      (35,000 unplanned pregnancies) and for the male condom, a 2% failure rate (138,000 unplanned pregnancies).

      o Conclusion: The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.

      from the CDC-2006
      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      And from:
      http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/20/yes-or-al-se-x-is-se-x-and-it-can-boost-cancer-risk/?npt=NP1

      "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

      Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

      "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'"

      December 9, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • .........

      the best reponse to reality is to hit report abuse on all his bull sh it

      December 9, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • Bob

      Babies? Really don't undserstand what you are talking about do you?

      December 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
  20. Keith

    Good job Mr. President. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while.

    December 9, 2011 at 7:14 am |
    • Scar

      You'd better look out for them squirrels, boy. They just love nuts like you. They'll shlt you out into the dirt where you belong.

      December 9, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Joe

      Really? I've never seen a blind squirrel... at least not a live one anyway.

      December 9, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Alfred E Neuman

      They are everywhere Joe, look for the seeing eye chipmunks leading them.

      December 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • Erianna

      after reading a few of your comments Kieth YOU ARE A NUT!

      December 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You can't even find "Murpheysboro, TN", Keith.

      December 9, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
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