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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Thank god someone is protecting the country from those teen sex cults.

While countries such as Canada have made emergency contraception easily available, women in the US are still waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to end the current need to get a prescription for the drug [Plan B]. The FDA rejected unrestricted sales of Plan B in 2004, and has repeatedly delayed making a decision as to whether to allow over-the-counter sales for women age 16 and over. These delays, evidence shows, are largely due to pressure from right-wing religious groups who oppose any form of contraception.

The federal district court in Brooklyn, New York is currently hearing a lawsuit brought by the Center for Reproductive Rights, which is asking the court to order the FDA to immediately approve over-the-counter sales of Plan B. Some of the documents that have surfaced during the discovery phase of the trial are, to put it mildly, very interesting:

Simon Heller, one of the attorneys, plans to quiz [former deputy FDA commissioner Janet] Woodcock about a March 23, 2004, staff memo suggesting she was concerned Plan B might lead to teenage promiscuity.

The FDA is only supposed to consider the safety and efficacy of drugs.

In the memo released by the FDA during the discovery process, Dr. Curtis Rosebraugh, an agency medical officer, wrote: "As an example, she stated that we could not anticipate, or prevent extreme promiscuous behaviors such as the medication taking on an 'urban legend' status that would lead adolescents to form sex-based cults centered around the use of Plan B."
[Emphasis mine]

You read that right. Woodock wanted to bar over-the-counter sales of emergency contraception because teenagers might use Plan B in sex cults.

That's the state of science — not to mention the rights of women — in Dubya's administration.

Via Newsday.

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