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This is a quote from a memo by an FDA commissioner, regarding why they are reluctant to approve Plan B (the morning after pill) for over-the-counter sales.  See, it isn't about worrying that someone might die (like other drugs don't kill people) it is all about controlling women:

"As an example, she stated that we could not anticipate, or prevent extreme promiscuous behaviors such as the medication taking on an 'urban legend' status that would lead adolescents to form sex-based cults centered around the use of Plan B."

Because, of course, teenagers can never be trusted, women in general can never be trusted, and rape victims ask to be raped.

As someone who works with rape victims I just want to scream.

We NEED this over the counter.  Many hospitals REFUSE to prescribe it (the same ones who REFUSE to give women tubal ligation and even refuse to implant birth control devices.). The Catholic hopsitals will not even mention to rape victims there is a morning after pill on the market, and we have communities that have only the one hospital.  Many doctors (and of course these are not just Catholic but many fundie Christians too) refuse to prescribe it, because they  think they have a right to force a woman to have an unwanted child.

Of course rape victims ask for it, so they must be punished, and the rights of a few cells easily trumps the rights of the woman involved.


I wouldn't say that particular argument is about controlling women; I'd say it's about using any possible argument you can think of, no matter how silly, to support what you really want to do*. By that rationale, we should ban Kool-Aid because a cult once formed around its misuse.

*Which, admittedly, appears to be controlling women. It's a fine point, I admit.