By Scott Tibbs, April 30, 2009
As is to be expected with the most pro-abortion President in American history, President Barack Obama's administration continues to push us away from the culture of life that President Bush advocated during his two terms in office. Now, Obama's Food and Drug Administration has approved sales of the Morning After Pill to 17 year old girls. The most obvious problem here is that even Planned Parenthood has admitted admits that the drug can prevent implantation of a newly-created person, causing the embryo to die.
More recently, Planned Parenthood has attempted to run away from their previous position has scrubbed its web site of articles that mention "Plan B" could prevent implantation. For more, see previous articles here, here, here, here and here, as well as Tim Bayly's article on chemical abortions.
Obviously, evidence that "Plan B" is actually an abortifacient is the primary reason for Christians to oppose expanded use of the drug, but there are three other significant problems as well. First, the Obama administration has taken the previous position of only giving the drug to legal adults and moved it back a year, infringing on the right of parents to be the primary authority in the medical care of their teenage daughters. In the state of Indiana, an underage girl cannot even get a tattoo without parental consent, but she can take "emergency contraception" that may end the life of the child she just created thanks to the President Obama.
Increased use of "Plan B" could also embolden sexual predators, especially since Planned Parenthood has been caught on tape attempting to cover up sexual abuse of teenage girls by older men. After all, a high dose of birth control pills can help an abuser hide his despicable behavior. Finally, while "Plan B" can prevent pregnancy, it is not at all effective against sexually transmitted diseases. One of the excuses the Monroe County Community Schools corporations used for trying to sneak a sex survey past parents a few years ago was anecdotal evidence of more cases of STD's. Sexually transmitted diseases are just that, and expanding the use of "Plan B" could well result in expanded public health problems.
Republicans in Congress will not be able to do anything to stop this right now, but they should make an issue about it and plan on fighting it legislatively should they take control of Congress in 2010 or 2012. I visited the web sites for a few family friendly issue-advocacy groups and found very little mention of this ruling, even on some sites that exist specifically for the purpose of opposing abortion. How can we expect Republican politicians to oppose this foolish decision if the people who should be most vocally opposing it are muted in their response - or worse yet, silent?