WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has approved an amended application submitted by Teva Women’s Health, Inc., to market Plan B One-Step for use without a prescription by women 15 years of age and older. Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America (CWA), responds:
“It makes no sense that kids need parental permission to take aspirin at school, but they’re free to buy and administer Plan B. Also known as the morning-after pill, Plan B contains 40 times the dosage of Levonorgestrel, the same drug used in other forms of birth control. If Plan B is so ‘safe,’ then why is a prescription required for birth control? The same ‘women’s rights’ advocates who want every decision to be between ‘a woman and her doctor’ are now eliminating the doctor, isolating young girls in situations that need adult guidance. In fact, studies show that morning-after pills increase rates of unintended pregnancy and abortion. In Great Britain and Sweden, where they have studied the effects of giving Plan B to kids, they concluded that it increased pregnancy and STDs, because it gave the girls a false sense of security and, I would say, permission to make a wrong choice. If health officials continue to push women to make ‘Plan B’ their ‘Plan A,’ we have truly put politics and ‘progress’ ahead of the health of women and, now, our kids.”
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, Director and Senior Fellow of CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute, commented:
“It is irresponsible to advocate over-the-counter use of Plan B, a high-potency drug. Once again, those who yell the loudest about caring about the nation’s children and youth are using our kids in a special interest experiment.
“This is a political decision, made by those who stand to profit financially from an action that puts ideology ahead of the nation’s girls and young women. As usual, the reproductive rights activists are ignoring both research and reality in order to mainstream their ideology. Sadly, some of our children and young girls will suffer the consequences of this irresponsible decision.”
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