‘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

    Did I mention I am not Rep. Or Dem........

    December 10, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Did I say I cared?

      December 10, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  2. Jimtanker

    Your god loves chileren:

    I will release wild animals that will kiII your children and destroy your cattle, so your numbers will dwindle and your roads will be deserted. (Leviticus 26:21-22 NLT)

    December 10, 2011 at 1:49 am |
  3. Anne Swanson

    Jimtanker, I think their not wanting to leave our clinic and often stay for hours is a pretty good sign they are very comfortable.......oh....... And coming back to us often

    December 10, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • Paul Ronco

      The same could be said for cults.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:53 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      So what, Anne? They come back because they're scared, poor, young, needy, and without family support. Any port will do in a storm. You're just the last resort, not the first choice.

      December 10, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  4. Anne Swanson

    Paul, by that rationale, we should just kill anyone who has a useless life. Murder can NEVER be legitimaized because of what a future may or may not look like. Look at Oprah and so many like her who have amazing lives despite what it may have looked like when they were young.

    December 10, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • Paul Ronco

      Please don't respond to a comment of mine by starting your own thread. It's not only confusing, but rude. Kind of like your counseling practice.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • Paul Ronco

      >> Murder can NEVER be legitimaized because of what a future may or may not look like.

      And yet people like you support it all the time when you rally behind the death penalty and the extrajudicial killing of suspected terrorists.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:52 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Nobody is advocating killing people who are already born. Stop pretending they are.

      December 10, 2011 at 10:15 am |
  5. Jimtanker

    Your god loves childeren:

    Their little children will be dashed to death right before their eyes. Their homes will be sacked and their wives rap.ed by the attacking hordes. For I will stir up the Medes against Babylon, and no amount of silver or gold will buy them off. The attacking armies will sho.ot down the young people with arrows. They will have no mercy on helpless babies and will show no compassion for the children. (Isaiah 13:15-18 NLT)

    December 10, 2011 at 1:40 am |
    • Brent

      Everybody knows that the Old Testament God really only cared about Jewish babies. That's kind of the whole point of the Old Testament, lol.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • Jimtanker

      That is very true Brent. The 260 odd commandments only have meaning in a context of two Isrealites interacting. It is ok to kiII an outsider but not another isrealite. It is ok to steal from an outsider, just not another irealite. Something that many people dont understand about the bible.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • Paul Ronco

      Yeah, but the difference is, they were warned. I'm a Christian, and I hold God blameless for all of the death and destruction that takes place in the Bible. If you notice, it doesn't happen arbitrarily, only when people sin; i.e., just because a kid is going to die in a fire because you decided to drive drunk doesn't mean God wants to do that to them. It's because you decided to drive drunk, and because gasoline is flammable.

      December 10, 2011 at 2:06 am |
    • Jimtanker

      The problem with that statement Paul is that your book tries to arbitrarily state what a sin is and what isn’t. There is no sin. Period. Your religion comes up with a disease and also purports to have the cure. That’s just like a snake oil salesman.

      December 10, 2011 at 2:09 am |
    • Paul Ronco

      >> The problem with that statement Paul is that your book tries to arbitrarily state what a sin is and what isn’t. There is no sin. Period. Your religion comes up with a disease and also purports to have the cure. That’s just like a snake oil salesman.

      You call the glass half full, I call it half empty. I say it started with the egg, you say it started with the chicken. You say my religion creates a sickness, I say it addresses something older than religion itself. I have no time for people who make no distinction between good and evil. Raping a child is a sin. whether you choose to call it evil or whether I choose to call it both evil and a sin is immaterial. I support hunting down anyone who does it and throwing them in jail until they die, whether they are clutching a Bible in their hands at the time or not. And that is reality.

      December 10, 2011 at 3:15 am |
  6. Anne Swanson

    HotAir, I've volunteered for the past 12 years at a woman's clinic!!!! I have talked with THOUSANDS of girls about abortion and have mostly been totally appreciated by these women and girls of all race, color, and creed who want the truth and want to find the support to keep their babies!!! They have cried on my shoulder about past abortions! They have poured out their heart to me, and not ONE has ever left feeling judged or condemned!!! NOT ONE! Many have said I have saved their's and their baby's life!!!

    December 10, 2011 at 1:37 am |
    • Jimtanker

      None have told you to your face that they felt condemned or judged.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • Brent


      December 10, 2011 at 1:44 am |
    • Paul Ronco

      Probably a variant of Stockholm Syndrome. If they knew you supported a political system that lied to them and withheld valuable contraceptive access and s.x-ed information from an early age, and which has been scientifically proven to contribute to unwanted pregnancies and may have contributed to theirs, they might think differently. Something tells me you don't support Planned Parenthood, and, in my book, anyone who does that is an enemy of women, babies, families, men AND the unborn.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Good start! Have you publicly and actively advocated that all of your cult's sanctions be applied to the sinner, whether they have an abortion or not? Ot are you practicing situational ethics aka moral relativism?

      December 10, 2011 at 2:05 am |
  7. Brent

    Anne, this is a legitimate question: Is this a picture of a human life?


    December 10, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Brent

      The answer is no. It's a diagram of an animal zygote. But, of course, you couldn't tell that before I told you.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  8. sarah S

    It's people like George, Keith, and Anne that make me fear religion. i do believe there is something greater then us (humans) out there but i do not believe that greater existence is so vengeful and merciless. i also don't believe it will reward people with such hate and judgement towards others. only that greater existence has a right to judge and decide. not you. i personally would never have an abortion or take one of those pills but i think every women or couple has a right to make that decision for themselves. i have friends who have had an abortion and they had a right to make that choice. also i already have a daughter with my husband and that's all we want is one so i'm on BC. we're married and should be able to have s.x without having 20 kids. even if we weren't married i should still have that right.

    December 10, 2011 at 1:24 am |
    • George

      What right? Show me where the right to kill the unborn is written in the Const.itution. Again, the unborn are dying in the name of non-existent rights.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:34 am |
    • Brent

      George, did you know that the Bible says life begins at birth? You might not have, so I thought I'd let you in on the secret. This kind of knowledge comes from actually reading it instead of just going along with scriptures that people quote for the sake of applying a label to yourself.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:36 am |
    • George

      @sarah s

      How about keeping s.e.x for it's holy purpose – procreation.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:36 am |
    • Brent

      George, copulation is too fun to be used exclusively for procreation. In fact, it has been shown time and time again that compatibility in coitus is crucial to the long term success in a relationship. The only to way to determine compatibility is to try it.

      I really think you should, too. It's REALLY fun.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • HotAirAce

      The authors of your const!tution knew that they could not possibly conceive of all laws and situations at the time they did their work so they created a structure with procedures and amending methods. The current abortion laws were created using const!tutional process therefore are fully const!tutional. Given that you have mentioned a christian amendment, I suspect you know the process and how long it will take to ratify any amendment. I encourage you to organize an Occupy Wall Street like movement to push your agenda. A bunch of rag tag money grubbing kids have shown more personal and political guts in the past few weeks than the anti-abortion crowd has ever shown, unless of course you consider the murder of health professionals as being courageous.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Jimtanker

      George, it’s too bad for your argument that xtians have a higher percentage of abortions than any other group in the US.

      December 10, 2011 at 2:05 am |
    • LinCA


      You said, "How about keeping s.e.x for it's holy purpose – procreation."
      How about you use sex for what you think is its holy purpose, and let the rest of the consenting adults use it as they see fit. And that includes, but is by no means limited to, oral sex, anal sex, sex with multiple partners, homosexual sex, masturbation, etc.

      Please keep your bronze age fairy tales out of the bedrooms of everyone else.

      December 10, 2011 at 2:18 am |
    • George

      Man when you talk about s.e.xual morality, you really get the atheists, the hedonists, and the ho.mo.s.e.xuals stirred up. They don't want to be told that what they are doing is wrong. But they are part of the moral rot that is going on in America. God will never bless up as long as hedonism has its day. Well are called to be better than the lower animals. We don't have to be slaves to our bodies and our base desires. Stop perverting natural s.e.x.

      December 10, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      I always wonder about people like you, George, who think that your god 'blesses' one nation and not another.

      You're just daft.

      December 10, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      George, how do you propose the government 'regulate' the use of s3x? What would you have lawmakers do to force people to live according to your moral standards? And why yours? Why not the morals of the Amish? They think it's sinful to photograph people. Other religions think dancing and music are immoral. Why not try to make everyone live by those rules?

      Why don't you tell us all how you think any politician is going to keep the promises he/she is making now and force people to abstain from s3x unless they're trying to get pregnant?

      It's never worked before, but you apparently think you have the secret that'll make it work now. Spill it, George.

      December 10, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • HotAirAce

      George, if you want your cult's god's blessing then you should work on the behavior of your cult's members. Even if we accept that the only true christians are radical evangelicals like you, you have about 200,000 abortions a year to answer for and eliminate. In the meantime, leave us sane folks alone!

      December 10, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  9. Anne Swanson

    Brent I was not equ(ing plan b with that. But the majority of abortions are performed after the heartbeat has developed.

    December 10, 2011 at 1:22 am |
    • Brent

      Cool story, bro. This article's about Plan B, though, and you're trying to justify your belief that it's an abortion. Just reminding you, as you seem to have forgotten. Again.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:24 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Even if that were true, Anne, the heartbeat means nothing. No one is disputing that a fetus is alive. It does not, however, have rights that trump those of the woman carrying it. Nor should it. Nor will it.

      December 10, 2011 at 10:19 am |
  10. Anne Swanson

    You were the one who defended abortion for all 9 months! Not me!

    December 10, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • Brent

      I didn't defend it. I simply pointed out that the definition of human life that the Bible itself provides. I happen to be an Atheist.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:15 am |
    • Brent

      *that's the definition

      December 10, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  11. Anne Swanson

    That was not my point and you know it Brent!!!! I explained the whole 24 hours thing already!

    December 10, 2011 at 1:13 am |
    • Brent

      And, yet, the fact conception can happen within 24 hours is not evidence that conception is where a human life begins. Plan B does not tear a baby limb from limb. To equate it with a procedure that does so is intellectually dishonest.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:19 am |
  12. Anne Swanson

    So then literally ripping apart babies iS ok then, Brent?! Would you want your kids to do that for a living?

    December 10, 2011 at 1:08 am |
    • Brent

      Do you not believe that certain wrongs carry more weight than others?

      Also, LOLOLOLOL. Plan B is okay, so I must also believe that ripping babies apart is okay? Hardly. That's quite a logical leap.

      This is NOT a person: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_GZf_bkxYOek/R2G7HgT_M0I/AAAAAAAAATI/vW2jC0pJIIE/s320/Zygote.jpg

      December 10, 2011 at 1:11 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Anne, well get that you oppose abortion. Bu other than going on and on about it here, what else are you going to do? You've already admitted you don't have the guts to put pressure on supreme court justices. Do you enough conviction to challenge your cult's shamans to publicly excommunicate anyone who gets an abortion? Are you ready to fallout your fellow believers who account or the vast majority of abortions in the USA? Again, abortion in the USA is a christia

      December 10, 2011 at 1:20 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Anne, well get that you oppose abortion. Bu other than going on and on about it here, what else are you going to do? You've already admitted you don't have the guts to put pressure on supreme court justices. Do you have enough conviction to challenge your cult's shamans to publicly excommunicate anyone who gets an abortion? Are you ready to call out your fellow believers who account or the vast majority of abortions in the USA? Are you ready to apply the sanctions your holy book calls out, or are you going to hypocritically going to continue to blame the "government" and those damned atheists?

      Again, abortion in the USA is a christian problem – they can solve much of it by simply following their own rules. What's your pan to clean up your cult's problem?

      December 10, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • George

      I don't know about Anne, but I'll tell you what I do about it. I organize in my community and state and act as a "whip" to get conservative Christians out to vote. We've got to keep people like you from ever holding office again.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:29 am |
    • HotAirAce

      So George, you would continue to make the reduction of the number of abortions somebody else's problem rather than cleaning up your own mess first?

      December 10, 2011 at 1:36 am |
  13. Anne Swanson

    The period sheds the protective lining that a newly conceived baby attaches to if conception occurs. The hormone tricks the body into thinking it's time to menstruate even if it isn't.

    December 10, 2011 at 1:07 am |
    • Brent

      I am familiar with how it works. It still doesn't provide evidence that Plan B is an abortion. You tried to argue that it IS an abortion because it causes bleeding, but, as I said, bleeding is NOT evidence of conception or abortion.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  14. Anne Swanson

    If I believe abortion I MURDER, then of course it makes sense to equate it to times in history when the law SUPPORTED evil!!!

    December 10, 2011 at 1:03 am |
    • Brent

      You are equating permission under the law with unspeakable acts of cruelty directly perpetrated by the government. They are not the same. The only thing similar is that you BELIEVE that they are immoral, but there is no reason to equate those wrongs of completely different scales.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  15. Anne Swanson

    Thank you Zoey!! Logic........ A novel thing

    December 10, 2011 at 12:59 am |
    • HotAirAce

      But Anne, one your new found friends, George, hates logic. But he is showing signs of evolving and shedding his childish beliefs in moral absolutes. Or maybe he just a hypocrite? Or maybe just mentally ill?

      December 10, 2011 at 1:10 am |
  16. Anne Swanson

    Then why does the plan B induce bleeding if its just preventing something. You would think it would just stop the egg from releasing......hmmmmm.....

    December 10, 2011 at 12:58 am |
    • Brent

      Umm...have you ever menstruated in your life? Is THAT an abortion? No. It is the release of blood-rich tissues which line the uterus every month, regardless of whether or not conception happens. Bleeding is not evidence of abortion or conception.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Anne, you don't even understand what Plan B does, do you? You're just here blathering instead of actually educating yourself about its effects. Stop believing your own propaganda and read something factual for a change.

      December 10, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  17. Anne Swanson

    Tallulah, no offense, but your arguments are pathetic

    December 10, 2011 at 12:55 am |
    • tallulah13

      My argument is pathetic only to a fanatic who doesn't care about children as much as she cares about fetuses. There are almost a half a million children in foster care in the U.S. right now. Why don't you worry about them instead of trying to add to their numbers? I suspect you don't really care about children at all. You just want to tell others how to live their lives.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • Paul Ronco

      >> There are almost a half a million children in foster care in the U.S. right now. Why don't you worry about them instead of trying to add to their numbers?

      These people do not typically think very deeply regarding complex social issues, that is, if they think very hard about anything at all. They are fanatics, absolutists; they see everything in black and white; and, if a deeper issue gets in the way of their ideology, they ignore it.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:37 am |
  18. Anne Swanson

    Because conception can occur within 24 hours of intercourse and the plan B could abort it!!! It's....that......simple!

    December 10, 2011 at 12:54 am |
    • Jimtanker

      You need to look up the word "prevent" before you make another post.

      December 10, 2011 at 12:55 am |
  19. Anne Swanson

    Brent, Stop being a coward!! I am so glad you were not the majority during slavery or the holocost!!!! Abe Lincoln could have taken that stand, you know, but he believed in freedom for all!!!! Regardless of public opinion and that it didn't concern him personally!!! That is SO cowardly

    December 10, 2011 at 12:51 am |
    • Jimtanker

      Yea, because slavery and the holocost was perpetuated by xtians. Good one, NOT!

      December 10, 2011 at 12:53 am |
    • Brent

      Who's name-calling now? Why do you insist that you know what decisions OTHERS should make?

      You cannot compare Plan B to slavery OR the holocaust. Well, I suppose you CAN, because you DID, but it's really disingenuous, and it makes you look like a completely ignorant, stupid, idiotic, pathetic excuse for a person.

      Once again, Plan B prevents pregnancy. As such, it is not an abortion, despite your desperate attempts to label it as such.

      December 10, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  20. Brent

    A baby is not routinely viable after five months. Those are extreme, "miracle" cases. Reasonable viability usually comes in the third trimester. Not coincidentally, most abortionists don't perform third trimester abortions.

    And, yet, Anne, you are STILL unable to provide an explanation of how Plan B is an abortion. Every time the discussion veers that way, you derail the topic back to the immorality of abortion. At this point, it has been well established that Plan B is NOT an abortion, because it does not terminate a pregnancy, it prevents one.

    December 10, 2011 at 12:50 am |
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