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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. Anne Swanson

    Lineman, you know all women aren't as shallow and selfish as you paint them out to be. Many women stand by there beliefs and mother their baby regardless of the difficulties which come before them. I'm sure we all know amazing single moms who gave there babies life! Do not discredit them!

    December 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  2. Anne Swanson

    Oh I'm sane! You're the one that needs help. And besides, why don't you police Snow's horrible grammatical errors. I think they just might rival mine......

    December 9, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Do you ? Well, then, police them yourself. Why are you so lazy?

      December 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  3. Lineman

    The important thing is that young teens get usage information if they have occasion to use PlanB. The solution is to restrict access and allow them to get it without a prescription but but only from a pharmacy or medical office where the staff person makes sure they get the information. This or some other similar solution can and will be worked out shortly to the satisfaction of all concerned. The only problem is the small but vocal segment of pro-life people who take the extreme view that an idividual life begins at conception. They want to restrict birth control by law because of their immense frustration at not being able to convince others of their opinions or if they do convince them that conviction only lasts until the woman finds herself in in need and makes her own decision.

    December 9, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Anne Swanson

    Now be nice, TomTom

    December 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Now be sane, Anne.

      December 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  5. Anne Swanson

    But a death occurs because of choice!!! Our first right is the right to life. Period.

    December 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Keep on agitating, troll. Won't make it true.

      December 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
  6. Allen

    This was not an issue for the church until the 1880's. Catholics believed (in the last centuries) that soul inhabited the body was it was fully shaped like a human, hence when they were born. However, somewhere along the line someone drew a picture of a fetus as a fully formed human (at conception) and allowing some to believe the soul inhabited the body earlier than birth and that is where the confusion began. This is simple and straight forward. It is not for us to judge nor for us to take away a woman’s right to choose. God gave us choice...choice is a decision between a woman, her doctor, & God.

    December 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm |
  7. Anne Swanson

    Stop the hate, Snow. I feel really sorry for you.

    December 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're sorry, all right. A sorry little troll.

      December 9, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  8. Anne Swanson

    Don't be a jerk, David!

    December 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Tom Snowy Tom

    It's damn cold...bring me my straitjacket!

    December 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  10. Anne Swanson

    Snow, I didn't say any of that crap! Don't be emotional and irrational! And how you go from thinking abortion is murder to thinking incest is ok, is beyond me! Don't be sick!

    December 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
    • Snow

      – didn't you say you want abortion banned? doesn't that mean woman doesn't have right on her own body's pregnency?
      – didn't you say you want christian morality to be the law? I am sorry, were you about to cherry pick your god's words and take only those that suit your argument?
      – didn't you say contraception is against your god's advice in bible? what do you think would happen when married people do not use contraception regularly..

      See this is the problem with you nitwits. You do not think about the consequences for your dumb ideas. You think sit on your presumed moral high horse and pass judgement about an atomic moral decision as if there is no dependency on any other attribute in the world.. What did you think will happen when your laws will get passed – life will be peachy and roses shoot from your a$$es?

      December 9, 2011 at 10:07 pm |
  11. Snow

    Let me summarize your arguments Anne,
    – you want to take the choice out of a women's hand about what happens to her body
    – you want the christian morality and whats said in the bible to be brought back.. so, you want woman to be a man's property.. always under his thumb and ask him for money to go buy herself some tampons too
    – you want to ban contraception completely. But since bible does not put a limit on number of times married people can have s3x, you want woman to become a baby making machine..

    and you are ready to fight for this cause.. Great plan.. you go girl! Do you also want to bring back the good old polygamy and ince$t too?

    December 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
    • captain america

      canadians don't deserve free will.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • See Through Ice

      Do you really think you will suceed by wrapping your real intention (to kill babies) with (women) rights advocay?

      December 9, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Tom Snowy Tom

      It's so cold...Bring me my straitjacket!

      December 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  12. herbie swanson amerikez

    sing along Bryan

    December 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  13. Anne Swanson

    Hi TomTom

    December 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hi, little shadow. Must be so hard for you.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
  14. Anne Swanson

    I do have a life, Tammy! I wish every human being had that same privalage!

    December 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hi, Herbie.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  15. Anne Swanson

    Snow, so sorry I'm irritating you! You're not irritating me at all.

    December 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      That's because you're herbie the herb.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  16. Tammy

    Anne, get a life and leave the decision up to the individual.

    December 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  17. Anne Swanson

    So you don't care when people are killed, TomTom!?!?! Pardon me for caring!! And the only reason you're attacking nme about this is that no one likes to think of the "fetus" as one day an adult like you or I!!!

    December 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nice try, troll. Take some acting lessons, dear. You're not even close to being believable.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  18. Herbie

    Here comes again the ungrateful abortion survivor Tom Tom, advocating fetal annihilation.

    He must have suffered pain, anguish and misery that much during his childhood after his mother attempted paricide when he was still inside her womb. That made him think that a child should rather be murdered in the womb rather than be born just to experience such horrible experience that he had. That made him think further think that he has been doing now is a huge favor for humanity.

    December 9, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hi, Anne.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • Herbie

      Check out those coat hangar scars, folks!

      December 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Hangars" are for airplanes, dimwit. "Hangers" are for coats.

      You're just SUCH a scholar!

      December 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  19. captain america

    I ran out of blow. Fill me up fass yo

    December 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
  20. Snow

    Anne, enough of this nonsense you keep spewing.. It is hard to argue with a person who refuses to open their eyes or pull fingers out of their ears or stop yelling "Lalala"

    Reading a lil blog about how impregnation happens does not make you an expert. neither does reading a few verses from bible make you a moral authority. Get yourself from under the rock and try to educate yourself about either of those before spewing you drivel.. I swear your whining is so irritating

    December 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
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