‘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. ngc1300

    The right wing is adamantly against abortion and birth control because they recognize we're going to need lots of cannon fodder for all the adventures they're dreaming of.

    December 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • captain america

      We're going to need it to invade canada to give bryan adams back to them.

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

      You lead the charge, Capt. Ass hole. We'll be right behind you.

      December 9, 2011 at 11:06 pm |
  2. Anne Swanson

    Is Canada a state?!

    December 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Are you really that stupid?

      December 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • captain america

      If it were a state I would move to north korea.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's a state. Move, captain. The sooner the better.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
  3. Hello?

    Where's Chad? I miss Chad. Chad? Hello?

    December 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      He's right here. Just peek under the cabbage leaves.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
    • Really?

      @Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son
      Hey Tom, Tom – I know you've engaged in some knock-downs with Chad, but have you seen this gem from him?
      "Every book that purports to accurately record history needs to be examined critically for internal consistency and for its accuracy in detail. The bible succeeds on all accounts." HI-LAR-I-OUS.
      In case Chad denies the quote, you can find it here –
      November 27, 2011 at 6:41 pm

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

      Thanks. Chad's an ass. That little gem is just the icing on the cake.

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

    In my state, in 1980, the year I was born, one fourth of all pregancies were aborted!! That's a fact!!

    December 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
    • captain america

      What state is that? Was it canada?

      December 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • Terrence

      Go Anne. Tell it like it is. You're a real man, for sure.

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

      So what? What do you think you missed as a result? Are you that bereft that you need to have every sperm and egg meet in order for you to be fulfilled? What exactly is missing in your life as a result of those abortions?

      December 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  5. Anne Swanson

    Conception can occur within 24 hours of intercourse.

    December 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And? What of it?

      December 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  6. sandiego1969

    Finally a reasonable act from HHS.

    December 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  7. Anne Swanson

    Girls don't have a clue about there cycles!!! And if they take the plan B after conception has already occurred, the new life will die!

    December 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  8. Anne Swanson

    But TomTom, if we believe life begins at conception, then it life is ended!!

    December 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "We" don't. You do. But, as I already stated, you're nuts. No one cares what you believe. If it's not your fetus, it's not your choice, your decision, or your business.

      Really, little troll, stop playing devil's advocate. You're not terribly convincing.

      December 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm |
  9. Anne Swanson

    TomTom! You're defending killing the unborn because they might be poor or in foster care!!!

    December 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • captain america

      No. It's ok if they are canadians.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Really, troll, you'll have to do a better job of impersonating a sentient being.

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

    Vrage, good point!!

    December 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  11. captain america

    More of the same canadian communist nonsense. They are responsible for this mess.

    December 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • captain america

      Wow ,I don't have to be online to post. Amazing !

      December 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
  12. Anne Swanson

    But if that's your reason, TomTom to destroy life or cherish it, then ther should be a law that allows us to kill anyone poor and/or sick or in foster care!

    December 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What on earth are you burbling about, Anne? I don't advocate the murder of anyone. You really are dim.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm |
  13. VRage13

    As I said in another blog. Like it or not, agree with it or not, abortion is legal in the USA. This pill is an oral abortion. If a [erson under 18 wants a tradition abortion preformed by a doctor, they require guardian constent. Why should this abortion be any different? Furthermore, when I was married, my wife had to get a perscription to get her BC. If you want to call this a BC pill, then shouldn't all females be required to get a doctor's prescription in order to buy and use it?

    December 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Please, educate yourself. This is NOT an abortion pill. It is NOT RU486. It does NOT end a pregnancy. It prevents an egg from implantation.

      I swear, the level of science education in this country is abysmal. And no, it's NOT the fault of science teachers.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
    • Emma

      This is NOT an abortion pill. When a woman takes this she isn't even pregnant, it just prevents the egg from attaching to the uterus wall. If a woman is pregnant and takes this it will not kill her baby, therefore not an abortion pill. Perceptions can take a few days if you need to get into your doctor and they're full. The sooner a woman takes the pill the more effective it will be.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • Emma


      December 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  14. Anne Swanson

    It's sad to think that one fourth of my generation isn't here because of abortion! What would they have to say?

    December 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's sad that you don't seem to care about the children who are already here, languishing in foster care. It's sad that you don't appear to give a rat's patootie for the children in other countries who starve to death daily.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
    • Oh please

      Most of the women I know who had abortions had them when they were very young. They then went on to marry and have children, children that they wouldn't have had if they had carried the first pregnancy to term. So I question your belief that one-fourth of your generation isn't here.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  15. Anne Swanson

    Jesus, you say it doesn't matter to you, but you obviously must care and that's a good thing. We should all fight for injustice and be a voice for those who have no voice!

    December 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Jesus

      It's something I look away from. As the saying goes, not in my back yard. I won't bother with it unless they try to perform abortions in my pool. Until then, just something we've got to deal with.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
  16. thx1111

    Always makes me feel confident in our future when I read this..... Why do 10 or 11 year olds need this in the first place?

    "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.

    December 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
  17. Anne Swanson

    Hahahaha TomTom! Now who's being stupid! Answer the question:)

    December 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I have absolutely no clue which "question" you're referring to, since you can't use the "reply" function and you can't be bothered to make posts that are even approaching coherence.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  18. NEC

    Of course the Conservatives like that decision. They don't want it available at all!! If they couldn't get rid of it completely then chipping away will suffice in the short term.

    December 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yep. That's what they are attempting to do to R v W.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  19. Anne Swanson

    TomTom, do you believe in objetive truth?

    December 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What is "objetive truth"? I don't believe "objetive" is a word, Anne.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  20. Anne Swanson

    There are a million mothers who love their children for every one mother that doesn't! You give the worse case scenario to validate your point!

    December 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No. I stated facts. You are simply vomiting up plat it udes.

      December 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
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