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    Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Obama: Morning-after pill decision 'common sense'
    President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his health secretary's decision to stop the Plan B morning-after pill from moving onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms.
    "As the father of two daughters," he said, "I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine." The president spoke the morning after his administration stunned major doctors' groups and women's health advocates with the decision.Plan B is a pill that can prevent pregnancy if taken soon enough after unprotected sex. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled scientists at the Food and Drug Administration who were preparing to let Plan B sell without a prescription to people of any age. Sebelius decided that young girls shouldn't be able to buy the pill on their own, saying she was worried about whether 11-year-olds would know how to use it properly.Obama said Sebelius made that decision on her own. But he said he thought she was worried about young girls experiencing harmful side effects, saying "I think most parents would probably feel the same way.
    For now, Plan B will stay behind pharmacy counters, available without a prescription only to those 17 and older who can prove their age.
    What do you think? Should this pill be allowed to be sold next to the condoms? They are about $50, according to the article, so people most likely wouldn't be buying them as they do condoms. Also, think of how often the pharmacy is often open. I know that sometimes when I have a cold by the time I can get to the store the pharmacy is closed. The sooner you take this pill the more effective it is. So what do you think?



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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    As someone who does not believe in the idea of "on demand" abortion, I am 100% in favor of this ruling. Pregnancy is a potential consequence of sexual intercourse. If you don't want to run that risk, don't have sex. If you do have sex, you need to accept that there are potential consequences of that action. As such, I am totally against any form of "morning after" pill, whether it be prescription, over the counter, etc....

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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    I took it once. I was sicker than I've ever been for about 5 days afterwards.

    When I took it, the process was 2 pills 12 hours apart. You had to take a pregnancy test before taking the pills, too. The potential side effects of the pill are pretty significant. When I took it I had to sign paperwork stating that I was aware of the potential side effects...which is probably why I had to be 18 to get it back then.

    I think Plan B is a great option to use in an "oops" kind of situation...and I'm kind of on the fence regarding whether or not it should be easy-access. I'm sure other girls wouldn't experience what I experienced, but some of them definitely would...and it was pretty scary. I seriously worried for a day or two whether or not I was going to need emergency medical care. Then, you have girls who might take it long after the threshold has passed and who are already pregnant, putting themselves at further risk of hemorrage and internal bleeding related to potential miscarriage, or creating an issue of defects for an existing fetus.

    Honestly, the 9-12 hours that a pharmacy might be closed wouldn't necessarily affect the ability of the pill to do it's job, and most significantly sized towns have at least 1 24-hour pharmacy, so I'm not sure that the pharmacy's hours and the threat of lost effectiveness is really justification for taking out from behind the counter.
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    As someone who does not believe in the idea of "on demand" abortion, I am 100% in favor of this ruling. Pregnancy is a potential consequence of sexual intercourse. If you don't want to run that risk, don't have sex. If you do have sex, you need to accept that there are potential consequences of that action. As such, I am totally against any form of "morning after" pill, whether it be prescription, over the counter, etc....
    Plan B doesn't cause abortions when used as instructed. It prevents pregnancy from beginning at all.
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by lovetosing4678 View Post
    Obama: Morning-after pill decision 'common sense'


    What do you think? Should this pill be allowed to be sold next to the condoms? They are about $50, according to the article, so people most likely wouldn't be buying them as they do condoms. Also, think of how often the pharmacy is often open. I know that sometimes when I have a cold by the time I can get to the store the pharmacy is closed. The sooner you take this pill the more effective it is. So what do you think?


    It'll probably be good for business. They need women to buy these drugs in order to keep their business afloat, obviously. To me, birth control is a better alternative to abortion.

    Birth control is cheaper than abortion. Abstinence is cheaper than birth control, but understanding human error, that won't happen.

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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger
    If you do have sex, you need to accept that there are potential consequences of that action.
    This non-argument is refuted by the fact that the potential consequences of that action are eliminated through contraception.

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque
    Plan B doesn't cause abortions when used as instructed. It prevents pregnancy from beginning at all.
    Some extremely fanatic anti-choice nutjobs consider the morning after pill to be a form of abortion because it has the possibility of preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. I'm guessing this is what tigger is referring to.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake
    Abstinence is cheaper than birth control
    Not when you're spending more on Kleenex than you are on condoms. :P

    I fully support this to be offered over the counter, provided that the risks and side effects are properly explained.
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Quote Originally Posted by Khayembii Communique View Post
    This non-argument is refuted by the fact that the potential consequences of that action are eliminated through contraception.



    Some extremely fanatic anti-choice nutjobs consider the morning after pill to be a form of abortion because it has the possibility of preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. I'm guessing this is what tigger is referring to.



    Not when you're spending more on Kleenex than you are on condoms. :P

    I fully support this to be offered over the counter, provided that the risks and side effects are properly explained.
    If taken early enough it prevents fertilization, too...so again, not abortion....not arguing with you, just making another point.
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    Unwanted pregnancies have what benefit again? Seriously, there's absolutely no reason to inhibit women from obtaining these. Absolutely make any side effects known, as with any medication.
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    I wonder if these are available over online pharmacies like United Pharmacies? If so, then they can easily be purchased over the internet without a prescription.
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    Re: Plan B will continue to be offered ONLY behind the counter

    I don't know the details on this -- how difficult/dangerous it really is -- but it sure sounds a little political, as in not wanting to PO anti-abortion types.

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