Fluke’s Dream: The Pill OTC and the “Morning After Pill” for Children. (Open Thread)

© Miri WTPOTUS November 26, 2012

Recently, the influential American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued an opinion about access to birth control pills in the USA.

[Emphasis added to all quotes.]

No prescription or doctor’s exam needed: The nation’s largest group of obstetricians and gynecologists says birth control pills should be sold over the counter, like condoms.

The surprise opinion this week from these gatekeepers of contraception could boost longtime efforts by women’s advocates to make the pill more accessible. …

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration held a meeting to gather ideas about how to sell regular oral contraceptives without a prescription, too. …

Half of the nation’s pregnancies every year are unintended, a rate that hasn’t changed in 20 years — and easier access to birth control pills could help, said Dr. Kavita Nanda, an OB/GYN who co-authored the opinion for the doctors group.

“It’s unfortunate that in this country where we have all these contraceptive methods available, unintended pregnancy is still a major public health problem,” said Nanda, a scientist with the North Carolina nonprofit FHI 360, formerly known as Family Health International. …

Then there’s the price question. The Obama administration’s new health care law requires FDA-approved contraceptives to be available without copays for women enrolled in most workplace health plans. …

The doctors group made clear that:

—Birth control pills are very safe. Blood clots, the main serious side effect, happen very rarely …

—Women can easily tell if they have risk factors … and should avoid the pill.

Other over-the-counter drugs are sold despite rare but serious side effects …

—And there’s no need for a Pap smear or pelvic exam before using birth control pills. But women should be told to continue getting check-ups as needed …

A cynical person would suspect that the ACOG is reacting to political pressure in two areas: (1) Helping the Obama administration to reduce the cost (actual and political) of Obamacare mandates by giving insurance companies an out (making “the pill” over the counter (OTC) may mean that insurance companies won’t have to pay for contraceptives for women who don’t qualify for free pills on the basis of income) and (2) acquiescing to the goals of the progressive left, which encourages, in any way possible, the break-down of traditional sexual mores and the nuclear family.

Contraception on demand has long been viewed by leftists as necessary for women’s “equality”. Leftists have a deep antipathy towards nature, which has disproportionately saddled women with the consequences of sex because, in their view, women are the ones who are “punished with a baby” as a result of indiscriminate sex, to quote Barack Obama. To a leftist, that’s simply not “fair”. And so, as seen by this policy statement from the ACOG, pregnancy is a disease to be prevented. An expensive one, at that.

Although the ACOG cites some risks associated with oral contraceptives, they seem to suddenly dismiss them, as if life-threatening blood clots are less dangerous to a woman’s health than an unwanted pregnancy. These doctors justify their policy change as if their most important goal is to prevent “unwanted” pregnancies. (As if preventing life is more important than preventing real disease and death.)

Perusal of the actual statement by the ACOG shows a distinct lack of concern about other extremely dangerous (and expensive) health consequences of irresponsible sex: HIV and STDs.   Yet another of their opinions advises women:

The best way to help prevent the spread of HIV infection during sex is to use latex condoms. … For best protection, condoms should be worn every time you have sex.

The ACOG doesn’t seem to consider the increased risk of acquiring HIV or another STD when women can obtain contraceptive pills OTC. Those costs to society aren’t factored into their analysis.

If women already follow the ACOG guidelines for condom use, then unwanted pregnancies should be greatly diminished. If they are not diminished, then it seems as if the ACOG’s HIV-prevention guidelines, policies, and programs should be revamped because unwanted pregnancies mean that women are also at risk for a worse consequence:  AIDS.

Instead, this new policy seems to encourage the abandonment of condoms. There’s no consideration of the added pressure that might be placed upon women by male partners. Men who prefer to not use condoms when a woman is on contraceptive pills could very well pressure her into unsafe sex.

When a woman sees her doctor for a prescription, that’s the one time that a caring and conscientious doctor has the opportunity to find out about and offer advice about her sexual practices.  If she’s not in a monogamous relationship, then the doctor should encourage her to do everything possible to prevent HIV infection, as well as other STDs.  That means using condoms even if she’s on the pill.

This opinion cites the cost to “society” of unwanted pregnancies, but does not cite the cost to society of the potential increase in HIV infections, when HIV is a REAL disease that is extremely expensive to treat.

Of course, there’s also nothing in this policy that addresses religious or social considerations.

Is it coincidence that at the same time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that “emergency contraception” be made available in advance to teens? The AAP also wants teens younger than 17 to be able to buy the “morning after pill” OTC:

Pediatricians should actively counsel teens about “emergency contraception” and even provide them with prescriptions or products ahead of time, to ensure they have the pills if they need them, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a policy statement released online Monday.

AAP members also are urged to advocate lifting the age restriction for these products. Currently, girls 16 and younger need a prescription to obtain the “morning-after pill,” as these products are sometimes called.

This is yet another goal of leftists: To liberate children from the oversight of their parents, by any means necessary.

The recommendation that pediatricians proactively consider giving “advance” prescriptions or actual emergency contraception products to patients stems from research showing that teens will use the pills if they have them, said Dr. Breuner [physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital; professor of pediatrics at University of Washington School of Medicine.] The goal, of course, is to encourage sexually active youths to use regular birth-control methods, she added.

How does giving CHILDREN an easy way to “fix” sexual irresponsibility encourage sexual responsibility (i.e., the use of “regular birth control methods”)?  All doctors, especially pediatricians, should discourage sexual activity by children and should also explain to them the horrors of HIV, which results from unsafe sex (i.e., not using condoms).  The same behavior that results in “unwanted pregnancy” results in HIV infection.

Which is the greater danger to the child and to society?

Those who object to their new recommendations are, of course, anti-science luddites:

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy supports wider access to all birth-control products, said Bill Albert, its chief program officer.

Parents and others may understandably have concerns about emergency contraception for younger teens, but those concerns seem “to be in conflict with the best science that we know,” he said.

Where in their “best science” is any concern that their new policy might make it easier for boys to be irresponsible with regard to condom use and harder for girls to resist engaging in unsafe sex, because of the ready availability of these “morning after pills”? Common sense, in this instance, would seem to trump their “best science.”

At least the Washington Times cites one critic of this new recommendation–Wendy Wright, vice president for government relations at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute:

There are too many questions to be answered, she said, such as what is the proof that younger teens are mature enough to be using these products. Also, what protections are being put into place to prevent girls from sexual exploitation if they could get these products easily, she asked, noting that some girls begin to menstruate as early as age 10.

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to regular readers that George Soros is a partner of and donor to FHI 360.  And the aforementioned National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy also has curious connections:

NCPTUP is funded largely by abortion rights and population control advocating foundations including most prominently the Susan Thompson Buffet, Turner and William and Flora Hewlitt Foundations. Various population control advocates are represented on the board including Planned Parenthood and their religion and values advisors include the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advisory Board Chair, Catholics for Free Choice Board Chair and the president of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

Curiously, these same GLOBAL organizations are active in Africa and other Third World countries with regard to HIV/AIDS prevention.  But population control in the USA?  Can you say, Agenda 21?

100 responses to “Fluke’s Dream: The Pill OTC and the “Morning After Pill” for Children. (Open Thread)

  1. Gotta love that religion and the barbarians in the 3rd world. They have their own code and they can practice population control at the same time, too.
    They kill the girl instead of the dad who made the decision she was to young to marry. Makes perfect sense somewhere.

    15-Year-Old Afghan Girl Beheaded For Rejecting Marriage Proposal
    November 29, 2012

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan (CBSDC) — Afghan police arrest two men for allegedly beheading a 15-year-old girl after her father turned down a marriage proposal. According to BBC News, the two men who proposed the arranged marriage and attacked her are relatives of the girl.


    • That is so sad. It makes me sick to my stomach. Barbarian isn’t a strong enough word for these depraved, deranged murderers. Seriously–what is wrong with these people?

  2. http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romney-arrives-at-the-white-house-for-lunch-with-president-obama/2012/11/29/b703f456-3a3b-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story.html?hpid=z2

    So Barry feeds Romney turkey chili, while they and guests at their weekly soirees dine on lobster and Wagyu beef. What a guy! He wanted to carry on the tradition of “peaceful transfer of power”. Say what? Does THAT make any sense? He wanted to rub Romney’s nose it it. Make him sit in the office that should have been his, but for Barry’s corruption. I heard that Barry and Mooch are going to Hawaii for a 17-day “vacation”. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2069471/President-Obama-jet-Hawaii-SEVENTEEN-DAY-Christmas-holiday.html

    His Christmas vacation will cost us at least a cool million and it

    “follows an 11-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, earlier this year, which is also believed to have cost the U.S. taxpayer millions.

    Next week, the president will be saving a few cents by hosting a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

    Obama will speak with Harper at the White House about economic competitiveness, security and key global issues.

    Harper has urged Obama to support an oil pipeline from western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

    But the Obama administration said last month it was delaying a decision on the project until it can study new potential routes that would avoid environmentally sensitive areas in the Midwest. The decision is expected to be delayed until 2013.”

    Interesting. That’s the pipeline that the State Dept. must approve and which Rice conveniently has investments in. She and her Canadian hubby. Got the environmentalists agin ’em now!

    • Didn’t he take someone to a diner for a hamburger too? Wasn’t it the Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev that he took to Ray’s Hellburger? With a chef in the WH, he orders chili? He was thinking of himself. Period. He is such a classless, pathetic TWAP.

      Those that voted for the Usurper think it is great that he goes on vacation because he deserves it…he works so hard at playing presidente! He just needs more time to “fix” everything. They don’t see what a conniving, evil man he is.

      • I remember somebody getting a burger. The Dalai Lama got a trip past the garbage can, so a burger looks good by comparison. Even turkey chili does.

  3. i i a w a h … all backwards since we won’t be a guest but we will be paying…4 MOST of IT $$$$ … HAWAII … SO let the GAMES BEGAN

    • “… residents living along the ocean and canal that surrounds the multi-million dollar homes at Kailuana Place where the President stays, informed them of restrictions that will be implemented for 20 days beginning December 17 and running through January 6.

      In a matter of weeks, Kailua residents will see the familiar street barricades fronted by U.S. Secret Service agents and Navy Seals and the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in canal and ocean waters.

      The President, who spent some of his childhood years in Hawaii, brings his wife, two daughters, Sasha and Malia, with dog Bo in tow, each holiday season. They settle into the small town community known for its spectacular sparkling beaches, warm turquoise ocean, rolling surf, country shops and restaurants and friendly people.

      The homes where they stay are just a two-minute drive from Kaneohe Bay and the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where the Obamas and friends can access private white sand beaches and military workout facilities.

      While many residents welcome the First Family, others are disheartened by the restrictions put on air, water and road travel while the President and family are in town, especially because it is the holiday season and many families on vacation want to use their boats or surf and paddle in the welcoming ocean waves fronting the Kailua homes. In addition, the President’s caravan of at least 22 vehicles including an ambulance can easily overwhelm the community that typically has single lane streets.

      Adding to the controversy surrounding the President’s visit is the cost of the trip.

      With the staff, special forces, local police presence and equipment, the President’s visit adds up annually to at least a $4 million vacation courtesy of the Hawaii and federal taxpayers.”

      The lord and savior doesn’t CARE who else is inconvenienced. We see that every time they decide to blow into some town, even Disneyland, and RUIN the vacations of people who may have scrimped and saved for months or even years to take a trip of a lifetime. But they simply DON’T CARE. Not to mention all the “folks” who he cares so much about who will be lucky to have a day off, much less a 3-week vacation in Hawaii AT OUR EXPENSE!

  4. Senators [Schumer (D-NY) and Graham (R-SC)] threaten to cut Palestinian aid in retaliation for U.N. action
    November 29

    A bipartisan group of senators said Thursday they’ll push for a vote in Congress to kick the Palestinian Liberation Organization out of its Washington offices and threaten to withhold U.S. financial assistance if the Palestinians seek to use enhanced U.N. status against Israel.
    In fiscal 2012, U.S. aid was slated to be $495 million and in fiscal 2013, which began Oct. 1, the aid is budgeted for $440 million. Neither year’s money has been released yet, which means nearly $1 billion is at stake.


    • Just what Obama and his Code Pinkos really wanted. U.S. didn’t object strongly or has no power any longer? Was this how Rice did her job? FAILED.

      Palestinians win de facto U.N. recognition of sovereign state
      U.N. recognizes Palestinian state, U.S. objects

      The General Assembly votes by a more than two-thirds majority to upgrade Palestine to a “nonmember observer state.”

      UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved the de facto recognition of the sovereign state of Palestine after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the world body to issue its long overdue “birth certificate.”

      The U.N. victory for the Palestinians was a diplomatic setback for the United States and Israel, which were joined by only a handful of countries in voting against the move to upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s observer status at the United Nations to “non-member state” from “entity,” like the Vatican.

      There were 138 votes in favor, nine against and 41 abstentions. Three countries did not take part in the vote, held on the 65th anniversary of the adoption of U.N. resolution 181 that partitioned Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states.
      At least 17 European nations voted in favor of the Palestinian resolution, including Austria, France, Italy, Norway and Spain. Abbas had focused his lobbying efforts on Europe, which supplies much of the aid the Palestinian Authority relies on. Britain, Germany and others chose to abstain. The Czech Republic was unique in Europe, joining the United States, Israel, Canada, Panama and tiny Pacific Island states likes Nauru, Palau and Micronesia in voting against the move.[These are now our allies who will vote with us. Congrats BHO and Rice, you got what you wanted.]
      The assembly approved the upgrade despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinians by withholding funds for the West Bank government. U.N. envoys said Israel might not retaliate harshly against the Palestinians over the vote as long as they do not seek to join the International Criminal Court. If the Palestinians were to join the ICC, they could file complaints with the court accusing Israel of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious crimes.


      • Both Hillary and Rice say it’s “unfortunate” and “counterproductive.” How they do love those talking points. Parrots. Mindless parrots.

    • They need to kick the UN out of our country and STOP giving them our money. Let them reform in FRANCE where they belong.

  5. Michael Savage – Jamie Foxx, Pravda Article, Voter Fraud
    November 26, 2012 15:40

    Everything that Obama is pushing now was tried in Russia and failed. This is how it was done by the Soviets. Without a blink of an eye, Obama is a communist. Freedom is slavery to the liberals. He is calling them Bolsheviks.
    The election was stolen. Millions of illegal aliens voted for Obama. Which party didn’t want voter ID? The party that won the election. The biggest lie ever told is the one that says having to use ID would compromise the minority voters. Obama is purging the upper generals of the military because they wouldn’t go along with his program. Pravda says that Obama is following the Communist Manifesto without saying it.

  6. http://washingtonexaminer.com/feds-100000-to-teach-teen-girls-condom-negotiation/article/2514683#.ULe12UbCz8B

    “The administration is funding a $100,000 study of pregnant and “at-risk” 14-17-year-old girls on probation in Houston, Texas, to determine ways to help them choose safer lifestyles and avoid pregnancy, including better “condom negotiation” tactics. … According to the school’s release, “Parrish notes one of the big issues for this population of adolescent girls is condom negotiation. They may have a boyfriend who says it isn’t ‘cool’ to use a condom. To prepare the girls for these types of situations, the counselors and pediatricians will teach them how to negotiate condom use with their partner. The intervention also helps empower and motivate girls to make healthier choices regarding their alcohol use, smoking and prevention of unplanned pregnancy.””

    As they simultaneously push to give free contraceptives and free morning after pills OVER THE COUNTER to these same children, making it a lot harder for them to “negotiate” condom use! Your tax dollars at work.

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