I dunno if ya’ll heard the story yesterday about the fact that the Obama administration (specifically Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius) has “overruled scientists at the Food and Drug Administration.” Apparently the FDA folks “were preparing to let the [morning-after contraception] pill be sold without a prescription or age limit,” and Secretary Sebelius nixed the motion.
No, I’m not going to be entering into the larger field of political dialogue on this blog. Other folks do that commentary stuff pretty well, and I’m not interested in their gig. This post is not about politics, so while I approve of Secretary Sebelius’ decision, my focus here is on something else. Namely…
How on earth did the FDA get so close (at least, the article makes it sound like they did) to approving the morning-after pill be sold sans prescription to any one of any age?
Look, I had enough physiology in college to know that the effects of this particular pill are effectively equivalent to an abortion in that it prevents a fertilized ovum from attaching to the uterus wall and growing on up as the baby it has become. Again though, the only reason I’ve got a good grasp on this is really that I had physiology in college – although a decent biology class in high school could probably equip a person to understand this as well. But the FDA was going to let kids as young as those in junior high (younger, potentially, but I figure junior high is typically when girls begin menstruation and gain the ability to bear children) get access to a drug that will cause her body to essentially “sneeze” out a newly conceived child.
What I’m saying is, the government (specifically the FDA) was prepared to put a lethal substance in the hands of people it doesn’t even consider old enough to drive? To vote? Heck, to even work a part-time job if the buyer is under 14! And all of this without seeing to it that there is a basic level of education as to what the actual effects of the drug are. Unless I miss my mark, most abortion clinics are supposed to give more information than is on the back of that pill box just for walking in the door.
When I was 16 I tried to buy a lighter (long story*) from one of these stores that would ostensibly be selling the morning after pill and was told “sorry, come back when you’re 18” (I never did get one). But if Secretary Sebelius hadn’t pulled rank, kids the same age as I was then (and younger) could be waltzing (well, probably shamefacedly shuffling) right up to the register and ringing up their abortion-in-a-gelatin-casing, preparing to down them by the handful in panic as they sprint out of the store.
So yeah, nothin’ much more to say, just thought a quick note on this story was in order. That’s all I got… for now.
*Okay, fine. So there was this dude on a show I watched who carried one and just flipped it open and closed constantly (like a stress reliever, but a lighter instead of a squishy ball). I wanted to get one ’cause I thought it was a cool habit (unlike smoking, which this particular person did not do, nor have I, nor will I ever); I didn’t even want lighter-fluid in it, I just wanted the case so I could flip it open and closed. 😀