Monday, May 10, 2004

This is why I am a Democrat: in a blatantly partisan decision, Bush's head of the Food and Drug Administration has rejected the recommendation of FDA's scientists to make the morning-after pill available over the counter. The decision has been justly criticized in the mainstream press; its unprecedented for a political appointee at the top of the FDA to go against the recommendation of the agency's scientists, who found that the morning-after pill is safe and does not increase unprotected sex among teenagers.

The justification provided: women cannot have access to this method of birth control because teenage girls might not be able to figure out how to use it. Ummm, yeah. The instructions for the morning-after pill say to take it with water within 72 hours of sex. Exactly which part of this is so terribly difficult to understand?


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