Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The FDA (May) Take (Tentative) Steps Towards 1991

After much political monkey business meant to please the ultra-conservative base, the FDA may be poised to allow Plan B, the "morning after pill", to be available without a prescription. Despite the fact that restricting access to Plan B probably increases the likihood of women having actual abortions, the Christian wing of the Republican party has fought removing the prescription requirement because they consider it a form of abortion and claim that this easy-out will encourage sexual promiscuity - although much noise is made about supposed "health reasons" behind restrictions. In taking this wise move, the FDA is just taking their own advice (their own advisory comittee studying the issue recommended doing this years ago) that has been silenced for political reasons.


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