Seventeen-year-olds will soon be allowed to buy “morning-after” birth control pills without a doctor’s prescription after the Food and Drug Administration complied with a judge’s order and lowered the age limit by a year.
The judge ruled last month that Bush administration appointees let politics, not science, drive their decision to allow over-the-counter access only for women 18 and older.
“The FDA should have challenged this judge’s ruling, they should have appealed it but instead they caved, and in doing so, they’ve let politics trump women’s health,” says Wendy Wright of the group Concerned Women for America.
She spoke with Greg Corombos of Radio America/WND. The audio of the exchange is embedded here:
Political advocates have long been pushing the FDA to make the drug available non-prescription by claiming it will reduce pregnancies and abortions.
But Wright questions the drug’s effectiveness and points to research that shows easier access to the “morning-after” pill has not resulted in fewer pregnancies or abortions, as advocates promised it would. She also raises concerns that the drug has not been tested to determine possible risks to women who use it multiple times.
“I’ve spoken with pregnancy counselors … they find more young women are relying on the “morning-after” pill as a regular form of birth control because it’s easy to get.
“They don’t have to go to a doctor, they can go to a drugstore,” says Wright.
She also briefly touched on the Miss USA Pageant and the fallout over an openly homosexual judge’s reaction to Miss California’s opinion on same-sex marriage.
Wright’s critical of the way the judge used the pageant as a platform to intimidate those who don’t support same-sex marriage.
“He has really helped to expose how intolerant the homosexual activists and movement are.
“That they will demean and degrade and humiliate someone who believes in the moral standard that marriage is between one man and one woman.”