Thursday, August 24, 2006

There's Got to Be a Morning After Pill

Plan B is finally approved, mostly, which is good news, mostly. Just remember that although you can buy the contraceptive pill over the counter, you can't buy it over a convenience store's counter, because stopping a pregnancy shouldn't be as easy as buying a six pack on the way home as the bars close so you can get further drunk and have sex you'll regret and then end up pregnant.

Of course, the struggle to prevent more abortions--which is supposedly what people on the right want--was largely waylaid by people on the right who really don't want you to have sex at all, but unfortunately that's the only way to have children. For example, we learn of immense nuttiness in the New York Times:

Dr. Florence Houn, director of the office that evaluated the Plan B application, said that she was told by Dr. Janet Woodcock, a deputy F.D.A. commissioner, that a rejection was necessary “to appease the administration’s constituents, and then later this could be approved.”

Drs. Galson and Woodcock both said in their own depositions and public statements that scientific considerations drove their decisions. One memorandum that has since been made public states that Dr. Woodcock told agency employees that she feared that Plan B could take on “ ‘urban legend’ status that would lead adolescents to form sex-based cults.”

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the "hey I got hormones" party that is post-puberty a fierce call to the cult of sex all by itself? Then again, it's little surprise a woman named Woodcock might have sex on the brain.


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