Monday, May 06, 2013

Abortion Pills for our Little Girls

Abortion pills for my little girls

Some of the events being covered in the news these days make me ashamed to be a member of the human race.

We are now hearing arguments defending the right of fifteen-year-old girls to have access to abortion pills.  The Obama administration now supports the measure, although the position was intitially somewhat ambiguous.  Mr. Obama says:
"Look, I got two daughters — 9 years old and 6 years old. I am going to teach them first about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby."
At one time, Mr. Obama was of a mind that "common sense" would play a role in making these drugs available to teen girls:
“I will say this, as the father of two daughters. 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”.
That rationale has apparently been abandoned in favor of a more progressive approach now.

The argument is so inconsistent.  The assumption is that fifteen year-old girls - not grown women, but girls - tend to be sexually promiscuous, so since this is inevitable, we might as well legalize birth control measures for them.  And the government, under Obamacare rules, fully supports this idea.

 Some proponents claim that the reason for promoting this murder of innocents is the supposed value of  something they have called "women's reproductive rights".  The FDA approved this abortion-pill access for girls under pressure from legal extortion by such groups in the courts.  NPR is a popular source for examining this perverted rationale:
NPR comments
Conservatives respond to NPR Argument

The proposal would also allow the product to be sold on retail shelves, rather than behind the pharmacy counters, with age to be verified by cashiers rather than pharmacy staff.

Previously, the need to keep the product behind the pharmacy counter has limited its availability to hours when pharmacies are open and has in obtaining the pill, which works best when taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex.
Any restrictions on birth control are apparently unacceptable to some advocates.
Speaking for the abortion promoters, justifying their court action against the FDA:
 “We are deeply disappointed that just days after President Obama proclaimed his commitment to women’s reproductive rights, his administration has decided once again to deprive women  their right to obtain emergency contraception without unjustified and burdensome restrictions,” said Nancy Northup, president and CEO at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which initiated the lawsuit against the FDA.
 Apparently what grade-school aged girls really need is to have removed any burdensome restrictions, so they can freely engage in sexual activity without any fear of biological repercussions or consequences.

Have no fear.  We're going to get just what these women's groups demand.  Whether we want this for our young daughters or not. 

I was just considering this from a more personal perspective.  My mother was married when she was sixteen, and my oldest brother was born when she was still a high-school teenager.  My mother has lots of great-grandchildren now.  What if none of them had ever been born...

Current events update - Mr Obama is apparently in the process of changing his mind again, in response to public opposition to abortion pills.

Courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune, we are now to understand that pharmacies in Utah tend to "confusion" regarding the federal government regulations.  The suggestion from journalists at the SLTrib seems to be that the ignorant and backward predisposition of pharmacists in Utah is rather less than pleasing to them...

Current research tends to nuance the definition of abortion, with equivocation denying accusations that the Plan B pill, drug pharmaceutical name "levonorgestrel",
interferes with embryo implantation.  Apparently most research indicates that the drug effects contraception by prevention of normal release of eggs by the ovaries.  Why this is technically considered to be somehow different from early-term abortion seems to be a matter of semantics.

In the latest on this issue, the Obama administration has abandoned any legal challenge to the court ruling clearing the way for abortion pills to be peddled alongside the candy and gum at the drug store.


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