DIAF, Kathleen Sebelius

You might have seen this article floating around the Internets. In short, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius vetoed the FDA's decision to make Plan B available over the counter to anyone who wants it. Currently, people 17 and older can get it from a pharmacist with proof of age. Anyone under 17 needs a prescription. Since it needs to be taken within 72 hours of sex to be effective, this makes it very difficult for younger girls to get it.

The FDA decided to make the morning-after pill available to younger girls, but Sebelius used her authority to veto the decision.

Whatever your opinion of abortion, take a look at this statement from Kristi Hamrick, a spokeswoman for Americans United for Life:

"They should not be administered late in a pregnancy because of risk of severe bleeding. In addition, they make vulnerable women and girls even more at risk to abusers who may acquire the drugs to cover up their criminal behavior."

First: All drugs carry potential side effects, especially when you use them improperly. Aspirin can cause severe bleeding, too, but we don't ask people to get a prescription for it.

Second: So the only thing holding your sons, fathers, brothers and husbands back from rape is the possibility of pregnancy. Because they would scrub their victims of all DNA evidence after force-feeding them Plan B, I guess. Nice opinion of American men, assholes.

Third: Childbirth is far more hazardous to a woman's health than anything related to Plan B, especially for young girls.

Another objection to Plan B is that younger girls are not emotionally mature enough to use the pill appropriately. Yet somehow they are emotionally mature enough to raise these babies if they want to, or choose between abortion and adoption. How odd.

I wish these people would just admit that any acknowledgement of teenagers having sex squicks them out. At least it would be honest.

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