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Oh goodie, minor girls can now “control their own body”

An "absolute right" for girls to obtain this without any permission

An “absolute right” for girls to obtain this without any permission

Feds to comply with NY morning-after pill ruling

Seattle Times: The federal government on Monday told a judge it will reverse course and take steps to comply with his order to allow girls of any age to buy emergency contraception without prescriptions.

The Department of Justice, in the latest development in a complex back-and-forth over access to the morning-after pill, notified U.S. District Judge Edward Korman it will submit a plan for compliance. If he approves it, the department will drop its appeal of his April ruling.

“Once the court confirms that the government’s understanding is correct, the government intends to file with the Circuit Court notice that it is voluntarily withdrawing its appeal in this matter,” the department said in a letter to the judge.

Last week, the appeals court dealt the government a setback by saying it would immediately permit unrestricted sales of the two-pill version of the emergency contraception until the appeal was decided. That order was met with praise from advocates for girls’ and women’s rights and with scorn from social conservatives and other opponents, who argue the drug’s availability takes away the rights of parents of girls who could get it without their permission.

Advocates for girls’ and women’s rights said Monday the federal government’s decision to comply with the judge’s ruling could be a move forward for “reproductive justice” if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acts quickly and puts emergency contraception over the counter without restriction.

Annie Tummino, lead plaintiff in a lawsuit over unrestricted access to the morning-after pill and coordinator of the National Women’s Liberation, said women and girls should have “the absolute right to control our bodies without having to ask a doctor or a pharmacist for permission.”

“It’s about time that the administration stopped opposing women having access to safe and effective birth control,” she said in an emailed statement.

The government had appealed the judge’s underlying April 5 ruling, which ordered emergency contraceptives based on the hormone levonorgestrel be made available without a prescription, over the counter and without point-of-sale or age restrictions.

It asked the judge to suspend the effect of that ruling until the appeals court could decide the case. But the judge declined, saying the government’s decision to restrict sales of the morning-after pill was “politically motivated, scientifically unjustified and contrary to agency precedent.” He also said there was no basis to deny the request to make the drugs widely available.

The government had argued that “substantial market confusion” could result if the judge’s ruling were enforced while appeals were pending, only to be later overturned.

The morning-after pill contains a higher dose of the female hormone progestin than is in regular birth control pills. Taking it within 72 hours of rape, condom failure or just forgetting regular contraception can cut the chances of pregnancy by up to 89 percent, but it works best within the first 24 hours. If a girl or woman already is pregnant, the pill, which prevents ovulation or fertilization of an egg, has no effect.

The Food and Drug Administration was preparing in 2011 to allow over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill with no limits when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled her own scientists in an unprecedented move.

The FDA announced in early May that Plan B One-Step, the newer version of emergency contraception, the same drug but combined into one pill instead of two, could be sold without a prescription to those age 15 or older. Its maker, Teva Women’s Health, plans to begin those sales soon. Sales had previously been limited to those who were at least 17.

The judge later ridiculed the FDA changes, saying they established “nonsensical rules” that favored sales of the Plan B One-Step morning-after pill and were made “to sugarcoat” the government’s appeal.

He also said they placed a disproportionate burden on blacks and the poor by requiring a prescription for less expensive generic versions of the drug bought by those under age 17 and by requiring those age 17 or over to show proof-of-age identification at pharmacies. He cited studies showing that blacks with low incomes are less likely than other people to have government-issued IDs.

Just part of the Communist 45 Goals to Take Over America: Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents.

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Abortion Drug RU-486 – How it works

As a companion to Dr. Eowyn’s post ” Wife of AG Eric Holder co-owner of abortion clinic building” I thought I’d post this patient tutorial on non-surgical abortion, what is commonly called “the morning after pill” aka RU-486.    I found this on the website of Old National GYN, the abortion clinic in the building owned by Eric Holder’s wife and her sister.  

No wonder pharmacists with moral scruples refuse to fill prescriptions for drugs for this use!   ( Click the photo to enlarge)

Old National Gyn -RU-486 instructions

It further explains:

The patient will return to Old National Gyn two weeks following the onset of this bleeding. At that time we will perform both an ultrasound (sonogram) and a pregnancy test to make sure that the abortion is complete. In rare instances another course of Misoprostol may be given to remove any residual tissue or blood clots. Depending upon the patients bleeding pattern or the amount of residual tissue seen on ultrasound, surgical intervention might be recommended.

Medical abortions are not for everyone, but it does allow the patient to complete the abortion in the privacy and familiar surroundings of her home.

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