Hat tip to Marti!
Posted: August 30, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern
So what if minor girls can't buy emergency contraceptives without a prescription?
Their rapists can.
When last week the FDA authorized over-the-counter access of ECs to women 18 and older, it also authorized over-the-counter access to men 18 and older.
Why would men buy ECs?
Ask Thailand, where ECs have been marketed for 20 years.
In Thailand, ECs are advertised in men's magazines.
In Thailand, several studies corroborate what researchers for the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health found, that "the majority of purchasers are men buying EC for women. … Women, especially adolescents, said that they feel ashamed to purchase EC themselves."
Recall Thailand is where pedophile John Mark Karr was recently nabbed on suspicion of murdering JonBenet Ramsey. The spotlight on Karr exposed Thailand as a haven for child sex predators. ECs must come in handy.
The U.S. is not yet a child sex toy land like Thailand. But authorities and investigative journalists have recently warned that child porn and sex predation are on the rise here, particularly due to the Internet.
Thanks to the FDA's approval of easy access to emergency contraceptives, expect a spike.
What about women over 18?
The Bangkok Post reported, "[Men] buy the pills for their girlfriends or wives … so that they don't have to wear condoms and feel they're at no risk of becoming a father afterwards. Some women … said that they didn't even know what they were taking; that the guy just said it was a health supplement.''
Yes, we have here a real advancement for women – increased exposure to STDs by ingesting mega-doses of female steroids (for which no long-term research has been done) – sometimes without even knowing it.
I don't know whether acting FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach was caving to or cavorting with radical feminists when making his decision, but it was irresponsible and dangerous.
For starters, have you ever heard of the FDA making the high dose of any drug available on the store shelf while locking the lower dose in the pharmacy?
Here's the magnitude of difference between prescription-only birth control pills and now nonprescription ECs: Planned Parenthood recommends taking 40 Ovrette brand birth control pills at one time to equal the dosage of the EC.
Meanwhile, feminist groups – and politicians like Hillary Clinton whom they pay off (who held up von Eschenbach's confirmation pending his Plan B concession) – stand now to make a killing from it.
Planned Parenthood struck a deal with Barr Pharmaceuticals in 2004 to purchase Plan B for "special pricing at $4.50 and $4.25, respectively," according to a confidential memo written by Planned Parenthood's president of medical affairs, Vanessa Cullen, which was forced public during a court case.
Planned Parenthood has been selling Plan B for $20-$30, with a scheme already in place to undercut pharmacies.
"The emergency contraception pills will cost between $21 (if purchased from our health centers) or $28-$35 (if purchased from a pharmacy)," states Planned Parenthood Chicago's website – emphasis theirs. Even at $21, Planned Parenthood makes a 350-400 percent profit.
President Bush's tacit support to sell Plan B to adults without a prescription is bewildering. Was he ill-informed by advisers? Was he making a political decision? Was he just tired of fighting?
Whatever. The FDA is charged with determining drug protocol that ensures the American public's health and safety.
By its Plan B decision, the FDA has certainly ensured the increased health and safety of child sex predators, rapists, and male low-lifes.