Archive for Plan B

"Is there a word for a promiscuous boy that compares with 'slut'?" "Alas, that word is 'stud'."


double standard men women

Another Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "A birth control double standard," Opinion, May 20

Bravo to Meg Waite Clayton's articulate Op-Ed regarding society's double standard for male and female sexuality, and the Obama administration's consequent restriction of access to emergency contraception. As an adolescent medicine specialist, I have seen the punishing results of stigmatizing girls' sexual expression firsthand, having cared for 12- and 13-year-old mothers. Conversely, I have seen many patients who greatly benefited from using Plan B, the so-called morning-after pill.

President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' efforts to bar easy access to an extremely safe, effective medication with negligible side effects (much safer than, say, a bottle of Tylenol) reflects society's mistrustful, punitive attitude toward young women and its shameful disregard for scientific expertise.

Putting our collective heads in the sand will not stop young people from having sex. But nurturing and supporting their resourcefulness, resiliency and proactiveness can prevent a life-altering, unplanned event. Plan B should be available without restriction to all youths, regardless of gender or age.

Claudia Borzutzky

Los Angeles

The writer, a medical doctor, is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC.


Clayton asks, "Is there a word for a promiscuous boy that compares with 'slut'?"

There is such a word, one that's widely considered to be the masculine complement to the designation "slut." It's also a monosyllable, and it has three of the four letters that appear in "slut." Alas, that word is "stud."

As long as the boys themselves, men in general and, indeed, many of the girls who sleep with these guys think along these lines, the double standard that Clayton laments will continue to reign supreme.

Bruce Burroughs

Sherman Oaks


The Right Wing's Stance on Sex Makes No Sense Whatsoever


Okay, right-wingers...let's go through this.  You don't want sex education in the schools (where else are kids going to learn? No, they won't learn at home.), you don't want birth control, you don't want abortions, you don't want the morning-after pill, and you don't want unmarried pregnant teenagers.  Do you all need to take sex education classes? I'm beginning to think so.

Here's a hint: neither storks nor angels brings unwanted children into this world.  Teenagers do and will engage in sexual behavior - they're teenagers!

From this article:
OB-GYNs Are Confused By The Political Fight To Restrict Emergency Contraception

– Owen Montgomery, MD: “I would much rather have a 13- to 14-year-old girl who needs emergency contraception have access to it than come to my office with an unwanted pregnancy… In our clinics in the university, we see lots and lots of teenagers. And many of these young ladies have no access to good parental role models, and they need access to emergency contraception when they need access. And they can’t wait for permission from a judge, or someone else of authority

But you, RWers, don't want this, right?  You want teenage mothers, apparently - or, let's say, clearly  You want children who are raped to bear their rapists' children. And why?  Is it 'God's will' that they have the children of their rapists or fathers or brothers or cousins?

You don't seriously believe abstinence-only policies work, do you?


Video- Fox's Andrea Tantaros On Plan B: "Is The Obama Daughter, Malia, Going To Go On Birth Control?"


Just such a slappable face it makes my palms itch. Via.


Quickie- Judge Orders Morning-After Pill Available for All Ages



It never made any sense to start with. If a young girl had an honest relationship with and access to a physician, she'd also probably have contraception, age be damned. They don't, so the unfettered need is there.

A federal judge ruled Friday that the government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and younger. In his ruling, he also accused the federal government of “bad faith” in dealing with the requests to make the pill universally available.

The decision, on a fraught and politically controversial subject, comes after a decade-long fight over who should have access to the pill and under what circumstances. And it counteracts an unprecedented move by the Obama administration’s Health and Human Services secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, who in 2011 overruled a recommendation by the Food and Drug Administration to make the pill available for all ages without a prescription.

In a decision in a lawsuit filed by advocates, the judge, Edward R. Korman of Federal District Court, ruled that the government’s refusal to lift restrictions on access to the pill was “arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable.”

Judge Korman ordered the F.D.A. to lift any age and sale restrictions on the pill, Plan B One-Step, and its generic versions, within 30 days.


Cartoons of the Day- Boehner Fail




Clay Bennett editorial cartoon



Obama Administration Overrules FDA Approval of Plan B One-Step


NARAL's statement is here. I got this one via email (bolding mine):

Obama Administration Overrules FDA Approval of Plan B One-Step


December 7, 2011

Obama Administration Overrules FDA Approval of Plan B One-Step for Over-the-Counter Sale for Women of All Ages

NARAL Pro-Choice New York Calls Decision “Deeply Disappointing Betrayal”

NEW YORK—Today the FDA announced the Secretary of Health and Human Services – for the first time ever – has invoked her authority to overrule the agency’s decision to approve the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B One-Step for full over-the-counter sale, which would have removed what was widely recognized to be a politically motivated age restriction on its access. This is the first time in history the Health Secretary has ever used this power to overrule an FDA decision. Had the FDA decision gone into effect, women of all ages would have been able to purchase this back-up birth control method without a prescription and without delays at the pharmacy counter.

“This is a deeply disappointing betrayal from an Administration that had pledged to promote the health and well-being of women and families and be guided by science and medicine,” said Andrea Miller, President of NARAL Pro-Choice New York. “The evidence is clear, the FDA has done more than its due diligence, and women across the nation deserve ready access to a safe, effective second chance to prevent an unintended pregnancy. The decision to overrule the FDA is reminiscent of a troubling era, when the Bush Administration routinely allowed politics to trump science, especially in its interference with the FDA’s deliberations over this product.

The FDA first approved Plan B as a prescription product in 1999. Seven years later, in 2006, the FDA approved over-the-counter access to Plan BÒ for those eighteen and older – an age restriction later deemed by the Government Accountability Office and federal courts to be politically, not scientifically, motivated. In response, the age restriction on the over-the-counter product was lowered to seventeen the following year.

Because of the resulting “dual-label” status, emergency contraception has been stocked behind the pharmacy counter, creating significant hurdles for anyone needing timely access. Even women seventeen and older, who were eligible for over-the-counter access, have had to produce a government-issued ID to prove their age before buying the product. Having Plan B One-Step available on the pharmacy shelves would have finally removed those barriers.

Long-standing scientific and medical evidence has shown that emergency contraception is safe and effective for women of all ages, including teens. “It’s not easy to think about teens having sex, but if they are, it’s our responsibility to ensure they have timely access to all their options to reduce the chance of an unintended pregnancy,” Miller said. “Especially here in New York City, where some neighborhoods have teen pregnancy rates that are among the highest in the nation, we should be working together to ensure that young women have the knowledge and ability to prevent an unintended pregnancy – including after sex.”


Andrea Miller


NARAL Pro-Choice New York