For years, men and women have wished for a magic pill to take away an unwanted pregnancy – better still – a pill a woman could pop the morning after an evening of unplanned sex, which would completely eliminate the possibility of becoming pregnant.
Isn’t it interesting that the abortion pill, RU-486, and the “oops” pill – the so-called “morning-after” pill – were approved for sale during the administration of the serial philandering Bill Clinton.
If something sounds too good to be true, often it is.
Now, we are beginning to see the disastrous results from around the world from the rush to approve these two “miracle” drugs, such as an epidemic of sexually transmitted diseases, severe health problems and the deaths of teenagers Caroline Bacon of Great Britain, Stacey Bindle of New Zealand and Holly Patterson of California.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration had a history of erring on the side of caution when it comes to approving new drugs. That went by the wayside – at least where these drugs were concerned – during the Clinton years. The usual procedures were discarded. They were fast-tracked – a process normally reserved for potentially life-saving drugs. It is understandable that responsible health professionals rightfully are questioning what happened.
Judicial Watch, the public-interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, has sued the FDA in an attempt to pry out the documents related to the approval of RU-486. The Bush administration still is sitting on top of more than 6,000 of those documents.
However, last Friday, FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan showed tremendous courage by halting the drive to make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter. The decision on Barr Laboratories’ request to sell its morning-after pill regime, marketed under the name “Plan B,” without a prescription was to have been made by Feb. 20.
Dr. McClellan wants at least another 90 days to allow time for the questions raised during December hearings by two advisery panels to be answered to his satisfaction.
Plan B, in reality, is a high dose of oral contraceptives packed into two pills. For quite some time, mega-doses of birth-control pills have been given in some settings to rape and incest victims in emergency, one-time only situations in an effort to prevent or terminate pregnancy.
However, birth control pills – which are synthetic forms of estrogen and progesterone – are not without risks. It is because of the risks that birth-control pills are sold only by prescription to women who have been examined by their doctors.
No one is suggesting that practice be changed, because birth-control pills may cause problems for women with certain health conditions such as asthma, epilepsy, heart or circulation problems, kidney disease, migraine headaches, undiagnosed bleeding problems, breast disease, central nervous system disorders, high blood cholesterol, diabetes and liver disease.
The side-effects to taking mega-doses of birth-control pills can be severe and cause blood clots, heart attacks, strokes and a high incidence of tubal pregnancies, which can be life threatening.
Not surprising, when McClellan delayed making a decision on Plan B, radical feminists groups – who view the termination of pregnancy as a sacrament and pregnancy as a disease – cried foul! That’s because the FDA’s advisery panels bowed to political pressure and recommended Plan B be approved, even with the lingering health concerns.
Should we be shocked that, in January, these same groups cheered when the FDA overruled its scientific advisers and kept silicone gel breast implants off the market to the dismay of many cancer victims?
The National Organization for Women crowd is concerned about women’s health when it comes to breasts – which it can do without – but apparently has very little regard for health consequences when it comes to ending or preventing a pregnancy.
It’s all about domination and control to these misfits. If they have to step over a few dead bodies of some unsuspecting young women, who trusted these drugs because they had the government’s seal of approval, so be it. Their fallen sisters must not be allowed to get in their way on the road to feminist utopia.
Why should the FDA even consider allowing the over-the-counter sale of an extra-strength version of a drug that requires a prescription? It makes no sense!
Now, if we could just get the FDA to answer Judicial Watch’s request for copies of all the documents related to the approval of RU-486, we would discover if politics trumped prudence during the Clinton administration, especially in the critical issues related to a woman’s reproductive health.
Why is the Bush administration holding these back? How many more young women have to die before we know the truth?