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FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Sale of Morning-After Pill Decision excludes women under 18

Interview with Ted Miller, communications director for NARAL ProChoice America, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
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FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Sale of Morning-After Pill Decision excludes women under 18

Interview with Ted Miller, communications director for NARAL ProChoice America, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

On Aug. 24, the Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter sale of the morning-after pill, known as Plan B, to women over 18. This decision was the culmination of a five-year battle to increase access to the drug, which can prevent pregnancy if taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. The sooner it's taken, the more effective it is.

The government's decision means that women under 18 will not be able to purchase Plan B without a prescription, despite the recommendation of two FDA advisory panels that it is safe for all ages.

The fight began in February 2001 when more than 60 medical and consumer groups filed a "citizen's petition" with the FDA to make emergency contraception available over the counter, asserting that the morning-after pill was safe enough to be sold without a doctor's supervision. Religious right and anti-abortion activists have opposed Plan B, calling it an abortefacient, but scientific opinion generally holds that it prevents conception and is thus a method of birth control, not abortion.

Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Ted Miller, communications director for NARAL Pro Choice America, about his group's three-year effort to win FDA approval for over-the-counter access to Plan B. He discusses what the compromise decision means for women's health, and how anti-choice groups are likely to react.

For more information on the fight for access to Plan B, call NARAL at (202) 973-3000 or visit the group's website at www.prochoiceamerica.org

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I'm over 18 and willing... 02.Sep.2006 10:44

shedevil

...to buy for anyone under 18 who needs it-let's support our nieces, daughters,neighbors.

I'm over 18 and willing too... 03.Sep.2006 00:04

Catalina Eddie catalina_eddie@netzero.net

..to buy for anyone under 18 who needs it-let's support our nieces, daughters,neighbors.

Keep that email address. It's special. First time I've ever published it here. Hey, looky pigs!

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Let's Get Serious 03.Sep.2006 17:01

knowledge is power

Now I don't know much about preganancy because I've never been pregnant. But I understand the Plan B is really just A DOUBLE DOSE OF REGULAR BIRTH CONTROL PILLS. Except that it is progestin--and not all birth control pills are progestin. Also, I'm not certain about the dose.

Seriously, when I was 13, in 1972, an acquaintance told me she had sex but just took "the morning after pill." I told my mother and she said, "Oh, yeah, I know about that. You just take a double dose of birth control pills."

Hearing all the upheaval about Plan B, I began to think I was crazy. But, I heard an expert on NPR speak and that was the first question asked. She said, "Plan B is simply a high dose of progestin." She went on to explain that organizations had long tried to get manufacturers to include information on how to take the pills as a "morning after pill" and even to package them so that doing so would be convient (I don't know what that means--I guess it means clear to very stupid, drunk, of lazy people). Unfortunately, manufacturers resisted doing so.

Please pass this information around to everyone you know, INCLUDING MEN. Of course, the expert also said that a man over 18 can purchase Plan B. So there all possibilities. If I were in danger of becoming pregnant (I had my tubes tied when Reagan was president), I would educate myself about the dose and keep some appropriate birth control pills around. Don't let the system control you. Women have passed this knowledge around for generations. I'm offended that it is kept from the public. Everyone I know expresses surprise and disbelief when I tell them. I can't believe this is not COMMON KNOWLEDGE!!!