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peterh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 07:43 PM
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FDA Delays Decision on Morning-After Pill
Edited on Fri Feb-13-04 08:11 PM by peterh
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=541&ncid=751&e=7&u=/ap/20040214/ap_on_he_me/morning_after_pill

WASHINGTON - The government is postponing its decision on whether morning-after birth control should be sold without a doctor's prescription.


The delay comes with the Food and Drug Administration (news - web sites) under intense political pressure to reject the move.
The FDA had been scheduled to decide next week on whether Barr Laboratories' version of emergency contraception, called Plan B, could be sold over the counter, next to the aspirin and cough medicine.
Barr announced late Friday, however, that FDA had extended its deadline for making that decision to May.

The reason: FDA requested more explicit information about 16- and 17-year-olds who have used the pills, and the agency now needs additional time to evaluate the data, said Barr spokeswoman Carol Cox.




Like thats a big surprise. that our current government would ever put convenience for a woman ahead of its friggin agenda
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 07:57 PM
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1. "Convenience?"
Try SELF-DEFENSE. I know, it's not like two drunken bruisers in a bar fight, but really, unwanted pregnancy and childbirth can have serious physical risk up to and including death. That isn't to mention the emotional damage and the financial catatstrophe. I'm afraid preventing pregnancy is a matter not of silly convenience but one of life and death for many women.

Of course, it's not only the dingbats who howl that every fertilized ovum is a fully functioning human being in miniature are against it, drug companies and drugstores don't want the liability for misuse or side effects. OB docs aren't wild about being left out of the loop, either, although their waiting time for an appointment to dispense the drug would render them useless.
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Mandate My Ass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 08:09 PM
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2. What more proof do you need
that it's not about respect for life or avoiding unwanted, unintended pregnancies, but controlling women's reproduction?

Case closed.:eyes:
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Lizz612 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 08:29 PM
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3. "They want to keep us barefoot and pregnant." ~my mother
Edited on Fri Feb-13-04 08:30 PM by Lizz612
Thats what my mother always said about things like this. Its another control issue, just on a national scale, instead of a domestic one.:mad:
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Lizz612 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-13-04 08:29 PM
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4. Dupe
Edited on Fri Feb-13-04 08:29 PM by Lizz612
oops
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