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Plan B: FDA considering a morning-after drug

January 17th, 2005 (09:28 am)

The FDA has before it a proposal to make a morning-after contraceptive called Plan B available over the counter (since getting a doctor's appointment with 24 hours of sex is tricky). Their medical advisory panel has recommended it; conservatives have intervened to block it on the theory that it will encourage promiscuous sex (a theory which has been shot down by research showing that women with Plan B in the house do not change their sexual behavior--reasonable, since pregnancy is only one risk of promiscuity). If you want to speak up, there's directions on how to contact the FDA at Irregular Times.


Posted by: C. Virtue (cvirtue)
Posted at: January 17th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)

To be fair, conservatives also want to block it because some believe that it's an abortificant, like the regular Pill. If you believe that a fertilized egg is a person even before it implants in the uterine lining then anything which prevents implantation is going to kill that "person." The regular pill prevents ovulation (mostly) and implantation.

Of course, I think this is ludicrious, and it's not a person until it's got human brainwaves (about 6 months gestation) but there you go.

Posted by: The Onion Girl (tshuma)
Posted at: January 17th, 2005 08:23 pm (UTC)
basic braid

One thing that the conservatives don't seem to realize is that, in women likely to use something like Plan B, they're taking responsible action and preventing an unwanted pregnancy without knowing whether or not they're actually pregnant. It's the cat in a box theory...is it dead or alive?

The other thing is, the side effects of the drug are such that I cannot imagine ever using it as a primary birth control. Not if I were going to be promiscuous -- it's hard on the body and it means a minimum of six and a possible maximum of twenty-four hours of nausea, cramping, vomiting and violent mood swings. Not something that anyone responsible enough to go out and get such a thing would sign their bodies up for any more than they would have to.

(And yes, I've used it when my preferred prophylactic failed.)

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