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Thursday, April 08, 2004

An exercise in understatment

The New England Journal of Medicine says the FDA's postponement of making emergency contraception over-the-counter "suggests that the FDA's decision-making process is being influenced by political considerations." Ya think?
By deliberately conflating emergency contraception and the abortion pill, the anti-contraception forces have made huge inroads in confusing on this issue. Emergency contraception is not an abortion pill. In fact, it's predicted that emergency contraception could half the abortion rate if it is made over-the-counter.
I've said it before and I'll say it again--the best way to reduce the number of abortions is education and easy access to contraception. Contrary to the anti-abortion propaganda, most women who get one are not using abortion as an easy method of birth control. (How stupid is that anyway? Why would women choose a painful medical procedure over, say, a small daily pill?) The purpose of outlawing abortion is to keep women under control. Everyone knows that the abortion rate wouldn't really go down if it was made illegal. Many women who want abortions already have to throw themselves on the mercy of family, husband, or boyfriend in order to get the money and this will only get worse if abortions are made illegal and the price skyrockets. The point is to create a situation where family or husband is the one making the decisions for a woman. Emergency contraception gives women an out to avoid the whole situation altogether.


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