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Birth Control harder to obtain (in Bush America)?

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posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 10:33 AM
Please correct me if I am wrong, but isn't mr Bush possibly re-appointing Dr David Hager for FDA Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee?
Here is an article about him:

Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area (PP/CA) criticized the Bush Administration's re-appointment of anti-choice hardliner Dr. David Hager to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee.

Steve Trombley, President and CEO, said Planned Parenthood is joined by several leading women's health care organizations and a bipartisan group of lawmakers in opposing Dr. Hager's reappointment.

"The reappointment of Dr. David Hager is yet another example of this Administration's willingness to compromise the integrity of our nation's public health system in order to appease a small, politically and ideologically extreme constituency," Trombley said. "Dr. Hager has shown that he is incapable of dispensing objective advice on matters directly related to responsible reproductive health care. His reappointment to the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee is an assault on rational, objective, and scientifically grounded public health policy."

When a joint meeting of the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs and Nonprescription Drugs Committees voted overwhelmingly to recommend that Plan B® emergency contraception (EC) - a safe, effective backup method of birth control - be made available over the counter, Dr. Hager was one of the lone few who voted against the move.

Extensive scientific data shows that Plan B® EC meets FDA criteria for over-the-counter-status and that increased access to EC would reduce the need for abortion. Dr. Hager's comments on the testimony presented to the FDA committees about EC reflected his inability to provide objective advice on the scientific merits of making EC more widely available:

"What we heard today was frequently about individuals who did not want to take responsibility for their actions and wanted a medication to relieve those consequences."

In fact, studies show that women use EC responsibly, and that they do not rely on it as a regular method of contraception."

President Bush first appointed Dr. Hager to the FDA Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee back in 2002 as part of an entire restaffing of the panel. Dr. Hager's appointment was opposed by many of the nation's leading women's health care organizations including Planned Parenthood and, reportedly, by the FDA's own scientific staff.

Dr. Hager is the co-author of a book that recommends scriptural passages and prayers for problems like head-aches and premenstrual syndrome, and is known to be opposed to prescribing contraceptives for unmarried women.

"Dr. Hager's ideological agenda compromises the integrity of the FDA," Trombley said. "Americans rely on the FDA as a trusted and objective safeguard. President Bush has betrayed the public trust by installing a biased ideologue in a key scientific role. When science comes second, public health suffers."

posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 11:03 AM

Originally posted by DontTreadOnMe
This anti-birth-control thing has been going on since birth control methods have become popular.

Since the 70s, Blue Cross Blue Shield has not covered birth control pills, IUDs or tubal ligations. I'm pretty sure they don't cover diaphrams, either.

Catholic hospitals, and I know there are many, will not perform tubal ligations. They will not do hysterectomies on women of child bearing years, even when deemed medically necessary.
In some areas, the only available hospital is Catholic.

While the growing trend among pharacists is quite troubling, it is equally wrong to blame Bush. This has been going on for over 30 years, both religiously and secularly.

I blame Bush & Co. for pushing even harder to take away women's options. Some of the people swept in on this conservative tide are really scary, and should be leashed, not lauded.

As for insurance, I had Premera, which paid for my tubal, no questions asked. It ended up costing thousands according to the statement I got, but I paid like $15 of it. Think how many years of birth control pills that would have covered. Seems much cheaper and logical to pay for birth control. Until you factor in the big dollar contributors to conservative groups. Usually big business and big religion. We po' folks and little people have a lot of organizing to do to combat that kind of backing.

BTW - It took until I was over 30 to find a doctor that would tie my tubes. All the others kept tellng me I would change my mind. Even though I knew since childhood I didn't want kids, and even though my husband at the time didn't either. Never did change my mind, and have no regrets. I just kept repeating "If I change my mind, I'll adopt"


posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 02:10 PM
I don't get it, first they say, "Look at them having all these kids they can't take care of, they bad." but the next minute they turn around and say, "I can't believe they want to use the pill! They are killing children!"

I swear, these people need to stop worrying about my bedroom and worry about their own. These people are obsessed with sex, gay or straight, pill or no, sodomy or vaginal, woman on bottom or top(a sin accoring to the bible) and damn it, leave PlayBoy alone.(look to the left)

posted on Nov, 10 2004 @ 02:48 PM
Birth control pills are a lot cheaper than an abortion or giving birth is.
It's a womans right to do what she wants to her body, not Mr. Bush's or the other people who think they have a right to tell a woman what she can or cannot do to her own body. How would you like it if Democrats decided that it is illegal for male body piercing?

posted on Dec, 3 2004 @ 04:35 PM
I don't understand what the fuss is about this birth control stuff. If you're going to have sex, you should realize what can happen, therefore do it with someone you trust and be able to accept the consequences. If you are too worried about the possibility of a child, then keep your pants on and your legs closed. It really is that simple. If you don't understand or are a "spur of the moment" type of person that will do it with anyone, then you probably should stay under a rock somewhere.

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