|Posted on March 31, 2008 at 2:42 PM|
I'm re-posting a blog I wrote a while ago. It's still relavent, and it still pisses me off.
I'm riled up again. Recently, the Morning After Pill (MAP) has been made available for purchase over the counter (OTC) by anyone 18 and over. I have several problems with this.
1) Many times a woman thinks she needs it and she's not even ovulating. Her chances for pregnancy are low enough without affecting her cycle needlessly with the MAP. In addition, even if the pill's taken within the first 24 hours after sex, it only lowers her chances of pregnancy by 89%. Each day after that, its effectiveness decreases. Also, the FDA and the manufacturer of the most widely used MAP (Plan B) have only approved it for use up to 3 days after sex. There are doctors that will prescribe it FIVE DAYS AFTER SEX! These women & girls are ingesting chemicals into their bodies that serve no purpose whatsoever other than to screw with their systems.
2) The MAP has NOT been tested!!!! Barr Pharmaceuticals (Plan B's manufacturer) lists their "research results" on their website. All of their research was on the Progestin Only Pill (Pop's), which is a birth control pill, not emergency contraception. "Contraindications for Plan B: Progestin-only contraceptive pills (POPs) are used as a routine method of birth control over longer periods of time, and are contraindicated in some conditions. It is not known whether these same conditions apply to the Plan B regimen consisting of the emergency use of two progestin pills. POPs are not recommended for use in the following conditions: known or suspected pregnancy; hypersensitivity to any component of the product; and, undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding." (www.barrlabs.com) They haven't even research the MAP as an emergence contraceptive!
3) I had to wonder why Planned Parenthood would be supportive of something that claims to lower the chance of pregnancy. After all, they make a profit from unwanted pregnancies. Then I found this: "Under a five-year agreement, Planned Parenthood would be able to buy Plan B from Barr at bargain-basement prices, undercut local pharmacies, and clear an average $20 profit on each Plan B kit? One of the documents is a February 9, 2004 e-mail from the PPFA vice president of medical affairs, Vanessa Cullins, M.D., to all Planned Parenthood affiliate CEOs. The executives were told that Planned Parenthood was "in the midst of confidential discussions" with Barr and that Planned Parenthood's "immediate interest is to develop and protect our market base." ?a product that Planned Parenthood purchases for less than $5 and sells for an average of $25? not only is Planned Parenthood making a huge profit, but because of the "special pricing" from Barr, it is able to undercut its competition. (http://all.org/article.php?id=10621&search=plan+b) (Note: I have not yet confirmed the information from this article. I will do so, and invite any information from readers.)
4) Where does it stop? It's already OK for the male to buy it. What's the big deal you say? Think about it: pedophiles & rapists would want to buy it before their atrocities. They might consider it a little insurance. Don't think it would happen? Pharmacists don't always check ID now when giving it out, and worse has already happened. It came out in the news recently that registered sex offenders had not only been prescribed Viagra, but had been able to fill the prescription! If something that heinous can happen, how much easier would be for them to buy something that doesn't require a prescription and for which ID isn't checked diligently?
5) People treat hormone meds (i.e. Birth control & MAP) like they're no big deal, but they are real chemicals that have real consequences. "They're just hormones." Well, so are steroids, and they're illegal. Birth control can cause depression, anxiety, mood swings, headaches, cramps, nausea, weight gain, stroke, heart attack, and the list goes on. Do you ever hear about those things? Of course not. It's not just a simple thing to ingest these kinds of chemicals, but women do it without a second thought. It's ludicrous.
6) The MAP works in one of three ways: a) it stops ovulation, b) it thickens the cervical fluid which stops sperm from getting to the egg, or c) it prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. This last is an abortion if you believe that life begins at conception, which I do. I'm not ok with abortion as a form of birth control, so I'm not ok with this third possibility. Even the manufacturer can't predict which way it will function.