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Published: Friday, May 3 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Far East USA, SC

"Korman has ordered the Obama administration to make so-called morning-after pills......, available over the counter, without a prescription and without any age barriers."

Please all. Read this sentence before you place blame on Obama. (although, I am confident that it wont stop many)


Facts frst:

"Emergency contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy primarily, or perhaps exclusively, by delaying or inhibiting ovulation. There is no evidence to suggest that either of the FDA-approved emergency contraceptive options, levonorgestrel (LNG, such as Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, Next Choice, and Levonorgestrel Tablets) or ulipristal acetate (UPA, such as ella) works after an egg is fertilized.

Emergency contraceptive pills will not cause an abortion. EC is not the same as the abortion pill. There is no point in a woman's cycle when the emergency contraceptive pills available in the United States would end a pregnancy once it has started. Hormonal emergency contraceptive pills don’t have any effect if you are already pregnant.


John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

The left-wing apologetics will deny it, but the irrefutable truth is that the action in regard to this pill is just the latest effort on the part of the Obama administration to attack traditional marriage and family. This is undeniable fact.

The administration wants this pill to be pushed on the public so that the public will believe that it can engage in wanton, uncontrolled sex without any consequences. Indeed, one of the central claims of leftist dogma is that sex is a purely recreational activity that should be engaged in with any person at any time.

The time has come for the ignorant masses to awaken. The time has come to put an end to government sponsored immorality.

Salt Lake City, UT

To oppose effective, safe, and available contraception while at the same time bemoaning unwed mothers is to deny reality and drench yourself in hypocrisy.

Do you, or do you not, want to decrease abortion rates in this country?

Make up your mind!

Eugene, OR

There's a difference between actions having negative consequences and wanting actions to have negative consequences so you can feel morally superior. Editorials like these come dangerously close to crossing that line.

salt lake city, utah

You know DN all your religious sociolgy aside the purpose of sex..the reason it developed, is to procreate. AS such it also developed as pleasant and compelling emotionally to ensure it's success. It's also a fact that humans are sexually mature as early as 12 or 13. Thoughts and urges to be sexually active at 15 are just biology. They are not evil or temptations from the devil. In fact through out most of human history humanity counted on 15 and 17 year olds to procreate the species. So if if you don't want your teenagers to be sexually active fine, but your not just fighting a promiscious society and culture you're fighting human nature and the consequences of a teenager giving in to that nature may be lower grades, or self esteem etc. but it doesn't compare to the consequence of being pregnant. Plan B is a safe and effective way for girls who either don't share your values or who give into nature as they were designed to, not have to be pregnant if they don't want to be.

Tooele, UT

Re: "There is no evidence to suggest that . . . Plan B One-Step . . . works after an egg is fertilized."


I guess that's why Plan B One Step's own propaganda, as well as the FDA labeling, acknowledge that Plan B is designed to work in one of three ways, prevention of ovulation, prevention of fertilization, OR prevention of the fertilized ovum from implantation.

Kinda makes you wonder what hidden agenda one might have, who insists on denying this acknowledged truth, huh?


Studies since 2002 have said that Plan B cannot prevent implantation, and a 2005 memorandum by the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research recognized that the pills main function was to prevent ovulation - but added that it could not exclude the chance that it may stop implantation "in a small percentage of women."

However, a 2007 study showed that Plan B did not prevent eggs from attaching to cells in the uterus. The eggs were collected from a fertility clinic that would have discarded the specimens otherwise. Other studies in 2007, 2009 and 2010 in Australia and Chile showed that the morning-after pill was only effective in women who had not ovulated. The rate of women of pregnancy for women who had ovulated already and used Plan B was the same rate as people who hadn't used the pill at all.

Dr. Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson, an obstetrics and gynecology professor at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden who participated in World Health Organization studies leading to FDA approval of the morning-after pill, told the New York Times that the implantation explanation was included in the labels because scientists thought it made the medication seem more effective.

Saint George, UT

One idea trumps them all: Chastity before marriage and fidelity after!

American Fork, UT

Sex is natural and enjoyable. It's time to grow up about it, and stop dealing with it only as if it's 'dirty' or as if we're 14 year old boys.

The Hammer
lehi, utah

I agree sex is natural but it doesn't mean we allow our appetites to control us. We should wait for the proper time and the proper place with the right person to engage in it otherwise we will end up with the negative side effects of over indulging such as Venereal diseases, unwanted pregnancies, abortion, emotional trauma and addiction.

Time to start teaching abstinance again.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

“Frankly, 17 is too young for over-the-counter access to a drug that would give the illusion of sex being free of consequences.”

And this one sentence captures the entire reality-denying social conservative agenda – it is not about reducing abortions (as this pill surely does) nor is it about promoting individual liberty/agency (a faux concern of the Religious Right dictated solely by their politically expedient marriage with Libertarians).

It is simply about imposing their moral values on others and making the consequences of not adhering to those values as high as possible. This is readily apparent when you examine their views on everything from economic policy to AIDS research.

This is fine in and of itself… I just wish they would be honest about it and keep the debate in the domain of moral values (and the basis for those values). But of course doing so would expose the layers of hypocrisy and religious precepts disguised as morality (e.g., sex is “dirty”), so instead we’ll continue to get mostly smoke and mirrors.

Santaquin, UT

Trans-fats and soda pop are banned from our schools because we are told that they are unhealthy for kids to consume. They probably are. But it is perfectly fine for our young teenage girls to take heaping doses of hormones to prevent them from getting pregnant because we can't convince them that it is better to wait until they are in a committed relationship before they have sex. To me the issue here is as much about sexual behavior as it is about the long term health of our daughters. When the drug companies tell me not to worry, that all is well and there are no long term side effects, excuse me if I politely clearly me throat and say, "Ahem, hold on just a doggone minute." Whatever happened to the liberal mistrust of big pharmaceuticals?

Eagle Mountain, UT

No one is arguing that engaging in the acts that require emergency contraception is "healthy"

And this still isn't "without" consequences. If someone is in need of this pill, they likely didnt't use protection.

I was listening to a radio segment on the radio yesterday, and these pills can range from $50-$100 a pop. Most 15-17 year olds won't have that kind of money to shell out to go "all willey nilley"

Making it available over the counter almost makes it harder to get. If it isn't a prescription, it likely will not be covered by insurance.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

What a strange article! It's almost as if the writer is actually hoping that people who use this are punished by god! Shame on you folks for wishing harm on others. Shame on you!

It's time for the radical right to turn the other cheek rather than eye for an eye. It's time to stop judging and start serving. It is time to stop yelling and start comforting. It is time to love both friends and enemies. It is time to see others how god sees them, his sons and daughters.

Ultimately, it is time for Christian conservatives to stand up and actually act like their savior. Stamp out the hatred and vitriol. Stand a bit taller! Lets go repubs! The time is yours!


"many studies that show the harmful affects of adolescent sexual activity. "

Well duh. I don't think there are many reasonable people out there who would claim that early adolescents SHOULD be having sexual relations.

But, of course, that's not the point.

Smoking is a Very Bad Idea -- but we don't deny medical treatment to smokers.

Over-eating is a Very Bad Idea -- but we don't deny medical treatment to overweight people.

We *all* want to reduce abortions. Plan B helps to do that. We *all* want to reduce teen pregnancies. Plan B helps to do that as well.

Plan B says absolutely nothing about the desirability of having sexually active teens. It simply helps us to deal with the consequences when chastity efforts fail.

And yes, it's important that kids be able to get this without parental permission.

Many teen girls would **never** tell their parents that they had slept with anyone -- which just means that they would be likely to end up either getting an abortion or becoming yet another teen mother later on. Which one is preferable -- avoiding the pregnancy altogether, or creating the need for an abortion?

The answer should be obvious.

Saint George, UT

Those of you who think that the 'chastity' group are somehow trying to control you must have a huge ax to grind. Perhaps its your conscience, I don't know. Although I believe in Chastity, I could care less what moral choices you make,just so long as you don't delegate your desire to have me pay for it to some politician, or perpetuate your 'no consequence' attitude to the next generation of entitled government recipients.

Res Novae
Ashburn, VA

I'm LDS. I believe in abstinence before marriage. I think that rampant teen sexual activity is often destructive, not only individually but also for broader society. I'm disturbed by the recreational approach to sex without consequences that I see among Millenials and today's teens.

That said, I recognize that my view is increasingly a minority one and that I cannot compel others to hold my values. I also recognize many teenagers who agree with my views still find themselves compromising their values because biology is a powerful urge.

I'm a realist. I don't like the idea of teenagers using contraceptives, but I understand that many teens will do what they do, and I'd rather they be protected if they do it. It's preferable to compounding the emotional complexities of teen sexuality with the even greater complexities of teen parenthood, or the difficulties of giving a child up for adoption. It's infinitely preferable to an abortion.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@The Real Maverick – “It's time for the radical right to turn the other cheek rather than eye for an eye.”

You said what I wanted to… only better.

When it comes to the Religious Right in this country I often wonder if the teachings of Jesus are just a smoke screen for what they really want – a Biblical society based on the Law of Moses. But knowing this won’t sell under any humanistic notion of morality (just read Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy to see the Taliban-like society called for by the OT) they have to hide this agenda in the Trojan Horse of Jesus and his teachings on love.

This might be apparent when you ask people to associate specific words with the Religious Rights… words like:

Moral Outrage

Out of all these words, which one is least likely to pop into your mind when you think of the Religious Right… be honest.

Santaquin, UT

I suppose there is some irony in posts that plead with the religious right to stop being judgmental while simultaneously passing judgment on the religious right.

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