“Irresponsibly removing the important opportunity for a healthcare provider to identify and intervene in cases of abuse,” noted AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest, “and giving a potentially life-ending drug to young girls without any understanding of the medical implications, unnecessarily exposes them to risk.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-11-13) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called the Obama Administration’s decision to allow over-the-counter distribution of the potentially life-ending drugs known as Plan B “a move even the President said he would not make.”
“It’s important to remember President Obama’s own concerns about distributing such drugs without adult supervision,” noted Dr. Yoest.
When Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius first decided that young girls could not buy such drugs over the counter, but instead would need a prescription, President Obama told reporters:
“The reason Kathleen made this decision is that she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old going to a drugstore should be able — alongside bubble gum or batteries — be able to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could have an adverse effect. And I think most parents would probably feel the same way.”
“Yes they do, Mr. President,” said Dr. Yoest, who added: “This decision allows the abortion industry to gamble with young girls’ health in distributing a life-ending drug, with no real understanding of the long-term implications on their bodies. Equally troubling, this allows young girls pressured into sex or even abused by adults to be manipulated into taking pills that cover up what is a criminal act.”
“Young girls need medical supervision in taking such a potent and potentially life-ending drug,” said Dr. Yoest. “The implications for informed consent — and the long-term health impact on women of all ages — are deeply troubling.”
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