Saturday, September 03, 2005

FDA official resigns over contraception policy

A high-ranking Food and Drug Administration official resigned Wednesday in protest over the agency's refusal to allow over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception.

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Good riddance. If she's going to leave because the FDA realizes there is no way to keep underage kids from getting hold of the pill then they are better off without her.

"The recent decision announced by the Commissioner about emergency contraception, which continues to limit women's access to a product that would reduce unintended pregnancies and reduce abortions, is contrary to my core commitment to improving and advancing women's health."

Where do I start? First off, this only reduces known abortions. If it had been passed there would be countless more abortions that would have not been noted by the medical field because women could have done it at home without ever having to see a doctor. Heck, they may not have even known conception had taken place. This does not, however, change the fact that a fertilized egg got flushed out of the body. A child has been lost each and every time this happens. Just because it doesn't look like a baby yet doesn't change the fact that there has been conception and that child deserves a chance to survive.

Second, I really don't see the decision to keep this as a prescription as limiting anything other than undocumented abortions. Why exactly is it so bad to have women go to their doctors to get the pill? The only thing this decision is limiting is teens being more careless with their premarital sexual activity.

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