I had planned to publish the second installment of my "Follow The Lemmings" attack on liberals today, but instead, I have to reverse course and attack conservatives.
The FDA announced that a Plan B contraception pill can be sold over the counter to women as young as fifteen years old. Plan B is also referred to as the morning-after pill, and here's what it does:
If a woman already is pregnant, the morning-after pill has no effect. It prevents ovulation or fertilization of an egg. According to the medical definition, pregnancy doesn't begin until a fertilized egg implants itself into the wall of the uterus.
What Plan B does is PREVENT pregnancy, which is why we should support it. It is not really an "abortion pill", as some people have suggested. I repeat, it PREVENTS pregnancy. Therefore, it is greatly helpful in reaching the goal of eliminating abortions, which should be our moral imperative.
The FDA says Plan B is safe and effective, and if taken within 72 hours would cut the risk of pregnancy by nearly 90%. Sounds good to me.
So, how did anti-abortion conservatives react to the good news about improved Plan B availability ?
Social conservatives had opposed any efforts to loosen restrictions on sale of the morning-after pill, arguing that it was important for parents and medical professionals to be involved in such decisions involving young girls.
The group Concerned Women for America charged that health officials were putting politics and so-called progress ahead of the health of children as well as women.
"It makes no sense that kids need parental permission to take aspirin at school, but they're free to buy and administer Plan B," Penny Nance, CEO and president of CWA, said in a statement.
Sigh. The problem with this argument is that by the time parents and medical professionals are all consulted about Plan B and a mature consensus decision is reached, it would be too late. The teenage girl would most likely be pregnant already. That's assuming the teen had the nerve to tell her parents she just had sex in the first place. These consevatives are letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. If the goal is to end abortions, which I most definitely think it should be, their position makes little sense. With a solution staring them right in the face...they turn against it. These people sound like the people who are against abortion and are also against birth control. Duh. I've had enough of these screen-door-on-the-submarine arguments, where all options lead to failure.
Unless the FDA is lying about the risks of Plan B, and I have no reason to believe they are, this sounds like a godsend (no pun intended). Let's do something smart for once and support it. It sure beats the heck out of slaughtering 55 million more unborn beating human hearts while masquerading genocide as a "woman's right to choose"....doesn't it ???
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