Thursday, August 24, 2006

Win a little, lose a little

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 — The Food and Drug Administration today approved over-the-counter sales of the “morning-after” contraceptive pill to women 18 and older, resolving one of the most contentious issues in the agency’s 100-year history.

The drug, an emergency contraceptive called Plan B that is manufactured by Barr Laboratories, will be sold only in pharmacies and health clinics. To buy it, women will have to show proof of age. Girls under the age of 18 will still need a prescription to get the drug.

- NY Times

The religious right's heads must be exploding today. Of course, as the article notes, these pills still won't be sold to girls under 18, so, you know, I guess that means they just won't have sex since the pills won't be easily available to them.

And if you ever wonder why this country has one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the western world, it's because of nonsense like that.


Anonymous said...

I wonder if pharmacists will sell it though. There's already been cases where they refused to sell birth control because it went against their "conscience."

Anonymous said...

This is a way to get their base all riled and turn out and vote for republicans in November. It's like gay marriage to them, they will say see - now they want you to be able to have sex whenever you want and just run down and kill your baby the next morning. This didn't just suddenly happen now by accident.

Not a hipster said...

l.w.t., I'm not sure an employee can refuse to ring up a purchase like they can refuse to fill a prescription.

If they ARE allowed to refuse to ring up this purchase, I wonder how long it will be before someone refuses to ring up condoms unless the buyer is wearing a wedding ring.

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