• Obama Administration Takes Bold Stand for Teen Pregnancy

    Given the relative decline of American manufacturing, many experts believe that the service and entertainment sectors will provide the jobs of the future.

    We already see this in the rise of the reality television industry, where shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom have become important cultural and economic powerhouses. But with the teen pregnancy rate at its lowest level in the 70 years since CDC began recording such data, the Obama administration has been forced to take urgent action to protect this vital industry

    The Obama administration stunned women’s health advocates and abortion opponents alike Wednesday by rejecting a request to let anyone of any age buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan B directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves.

    For what the Food and Drug Administration thinks is the first time, the Department of Health and Human Services overruled the agency, vetoing the FDA’s decision to make the contraceptive available without any restrictions. Revealing a rare public split, FDA Administrator Margaret A. Hamburg said her conclusion that the drug could be used safely by women of all ages was nullified by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

    Sure, the medical "experts" at the FDA say there's "adequate and reasonable, well-supported, and science-based evidence that Plan B One-Step is safe and effective and should be approved for nonprescription use for all females of child-bearing potential," and yes, this ruling also affects adult women who may be unable to access emergency contraceptives when the pharmacy window is closed. But let's not forget about Plan A, which is to do everything possible to ensure the success of Teen Mom 2. And Plan C, shameless pandering to religious groups…

    Wednesday's decision came as the administration is trying to defuse rising tensions with the Catholic Church over several issues, including a proposed mandate that private insurers provide women with contraceptives for free and a federal denial of an anti-human-trafficking grant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    I suppose this is all part of Obama's Inauguration Day promise to "restore science to its rightful place." Just so happens that said place is somewhere in the back, behind a counter, guarded by religious conservatives and political operatives.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Catholic Church, FDA, Health, Kathleen Sebelius, Obama Administration


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