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13 07 2007

Sales of the oh-so-controversial morning-after pill Plan B have doubled this year, the Washington Post reports today, since the FDA approved the sale of the pill without a prescription. And conservatives are shaking in their bootstraps.

Their reasoning for being so upset is illogical and borderline insane.  Says the Post:

Conservative members of Congress and advocacy groups strongly opposed the move. They questioned the drug’s safety and argued that easier availability could encourage sexual activity and make it easier for men to have sex with underage girls. They also maintain the pill can cause the equivalent of an abortion.

Let’s break this down:

They are first upset because they question a drug’s safety — a drug which has been thoroughly tested, mind you and contains (wait for it) the same chemicals as regular old birth control pills!:

“Plan B® has no serious or lasting medical side effects. Some women will experience non-serious side effects, such as nausea, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, or breast tenderness. These are similar to the side effects of regular birth control pills.”

Whooooa. Hold the phones! Dizziness? Headache? BREAST TENDERNESS?!?!?! We can’t have that, now can we?

Moving down the list of complaints: They maintain that Plan B will “make it easier for men to have sex with underage girls.” Oh, right. Because sexual predators are just so likely to care one way or the other. What are they going to do — take the girls to the pharmacy afterwards and force her to take the pill? I’m sorry, but isn’t that kind of girl exactly what this pill was designed for? Ultimnately, the victims of rape must deal with the repercussions on their own. Plan B provides a safe, clinically-tested option for these women during what might be the most vulnerable time of their lives.

The final complaint listed in the article — that taking Plan B “can cause the equivalent of an abortion” — is the most ridiculous of all. Just for starters, Plan B’s Web site has this to say:

Because Plan B® is used to prevent pregnancy, it will not work if you are already pregnant, and it will not affect an existing pregnancy.

Now let’s check the definition of “abortion,” shall we?

a·bor·tion[uhbawr-shuhn] .–noun: The removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy.

Huh.  Sooo… Let’s get this straight. Plan B cannot affect an existing pregnancy. And the defintion of an abortion is to end a pregnancy. Let’s put 2 and 2 together and deduce that conservative adovates against Plan B are idiots.

I don’t know if there’s some conspiratorial subtext here — like, really, the religious right wants to ridicule rape victims or something ridiculous like that — or it’s possible they’re just really, really stupid. Because if we can have antidepressants that are rumored to make suicide more likely, and alcohol which causes upwards of 15,000 premature deaths per year, then why on earth is there such an outcry when there’s a drug that is statistically proven to help women live their lives?