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U.S. To Allow Girls Of Any Age To Buy Morning-After Pill Over The Counter



President Barack Obama's administration has reversed its stance on a politically sensitive issue in America - emergency contraception.
The U.S. government now says it will go along with a judge's ruling to allow women and girls of any age to get the morning-after pill over the counter.

For the past two months, the administration had fought against an April court order to make the drug more widely available. But it has now decided to drop its appeal.
That means anyone, including young girls, will soon be able to buy the Plan B morning-after pill without a prescription.

For supporters of the decision, it's an important victory in a 12-year battle to make emergency contraception universally available.
Annie Tummino is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit over access to the morning-after pill and chair of the National Women's Liberation Birth Control Project.

In an email to the Associated Press, she said "It's about time that the administration stopped opposing women having access to safe and effective birth control."
She added that women and girls should have "the absolute right to control our bodies without having to ask a doctor or a pharmacist for permission."
Under current laws, only girls aged 15 and older can buy the morning-after pill without a prescription.


However in April, U.S. district judge Edward Korman ruled the drug should be sold over-the-counter with no age restrictions - saying the government's effort to block sales was "politically motivated, scientifically unjustified and contrary to agency precedent."
The U.S. justice department has sent the judge a letter saying they'll put together a plan to comply with the ruling. If he approves it, the government will officially scrap its appeal.
As AP reports...

According to the department's letter to the judge, the Food and Drug Administration has told the maker of the pills to submit a new drug application with proposed labeling that would permit it to be sold "without a prescription and without age or point-of-sale prescriptions." The FDA said that once it receives the application it "intends to approve it promptly."
That hasn't gone over well with opponents of the contraception plan.

"We're very concerned and disappointed at the same time because what we see here is the government caving to political pressure instead of putting first the health and safety of girls (and) parental rights," said Anna Higgins, director of the Family Research Council's Center for Human Dignity - an anti-abortion group.
In 2011, the FDA was prepared to allow the morning-after pill to be sold over the counter to girls of any age.
But the U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over-ruled her own scientists, and banned girls under 17 from buying it without a prescription.

The FDA dropped the age limit to 15 in April of this year.
In Canada, girls of any age can get the morning-after pill. It's available over the counter in every province and territory, except Saskatchewan and Quebec.
In Saskatchewan, you have to see a pharmacist as the pill is kept behind the pharmacy counter. In Quebec, you need a prescription from a doctor.

The morning-after pill contains the same active ingredients as regular birth control pills but at higher doses and is designed to prevent ovulation or fertilization of an egg.
If it's taken within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse, condom failure, or rape, it can reduce the chances of pregnancy by up to 89 per cent - although it works best within the first 24 hours.
If a girl or woman already is pregnant, the pill has no effect.


Edit: For Mjeezy! xo


Meanwhile in Canada....


Yaz, Yasmin birth control pills suspected in 23 deaths
Most died from blood clots, Health Canada documents...



At least 23 Canadian women who were taking two of the most commonly prescribed birth control pills in the world have died, CBC News has learned.

According to documents obtained from Health Canada, doctors and pharmacists say Yaz and Yasmin are suspected in the deaths of the women, who mostly died suddenly from blood clots.

One of the women, 18-year-old Miranda Scott, was working out on an elliptical machine at the Okanagan gym at the University of British Columbia when she collapsed and died three years ago, said her mother, Chip McClaughry, who is involved in a class-action lawsuit against Bayer, the maker of the birth-control pills.

'When she was on the ground she said, "I can't breathe," and then, you know, she was gone.'
—Chip McClaughry, Miranda Scott's mother

"She fell backwards into the person behind her and then, I guess, when she was on the ground she said, 'I can't breathe,' and then, you know, she was gone," McClaughry said at her home in Delta, B.C.

McClaughry had no idea what had happened to her athletic, healthy young daughter, but she started to investigate.

"As soon as I heard that she had been on Yasmin, I thought, 'I'm just going to look that up,' and I did, and I thought: 'Oh my God, this is what's killed her," she said.

Risk of blood clots rises
According to Scott's autopsy, she died of "disseminated intravascular coagulation," which means that blood clots formed inside blood vessels throughout her body.

Read more: What happens when you get a blood clot?
Matthew Baer, of the Siskinds law firm, represents hundreds of Ontario women in a certified class-action lawsuit against Bayer that alleges Yaz and Yasmin have an increased risk of serious side-effects, including blood clots.

Miranda Scott, of Delta, B.C. was 18 when she suddenly collapsed in a gym at UBC Okanagan in 2010. Her autopsy report concluded she had died after blood clots formed throughout her body, a complication sometimes reported with birth control hormones. (CBC)
"[Scott's] autopsy report did say that there was a pulmonary embolism, which again is a blood clot in the lung," he said. "The major side-effect that we're alleging is worse with Yasmin than with the other oral contraceptives, [which] is an increase of blood clots."

Certification of the class action is not a finding of fault against Bayer.

While Bayer has already paid more than $1 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits in the U.S., the drug company tells CBC News it stands by its products.

Both Yaz and Yasmin, which are sometimes called "newer-generation" birth control pills, includes a synthetic progestin, drospirenone, which is exclusive to Bayer.


Teen girls as young as 14
In 2011, Health Canada issued a warning about Yaz and Yasmin, saying the risk of blood clots, which is rare overall, is 1.5 to 3 times higher with the drospirenone-containing pills than with some other birth control pills.

Read more on Yasmin, Yaz birth control pills and possible rise in clot risks
While one in 10,000 women on older birth control pills will develop blood clots, as many as three in 10,000 will develop blood clots on Yaz or Yasmin.

Bayer stands by its Yaz and Yasmin lines, which are the only birth control pills containing the progestin drospirenone. (CBC)
According to the documents obtained from Health Canada, between 2007 and February 2013, doctors and pharmacists have reported 600 adverse reactions and 23 deaths where Yaz or Yasmin were suspected. More than half of the reported deaths were women under 26, with the youngest age 14.

Most of the deaths reported occurred soon after starting the pills. In Scott's case, it was just over a month.

"And that was all it took, five weeks start to finish, and that was the end of a beautiful, beautiful girl," her mother said.

Lawyer says deaths underreported
Tony Merchant, a lawyer representing 1,000 women outside Ontario — including Scott — is seeking to certify a second class-action lawsuit in Canada against Bayer this fall.

'There are about thirty or forty deaths that we think are known, but that is usually just the tip of the iceberg.'
—Tony Merchant, class action lawyer

Merchant said the number of deaths potentially associated with Yasmin or Yaz may be largely underreported because doctors may not realize there is a link between the cause of death and the risks of the pills.

"There are about 30 or 40 deaths that we think are known, but that is usually just the tip of the iceberg because all sorts of people will have died.... [Their families] don't know anything about the litigation, they don't know anything about the problem," he said.

Merchant said hundreds of patients who have approached his firm have had gallbladders removed, or have had strokes or blood clots and now must take blood thinners for the rest of their lives.

None of the allegations has been proven in court.

Bayer stands by Yasmin, Yaz
In a written statement to CBC News, Bayer said it is fighting the certification of the first Canadian class-action suit, the one in Ontario, which alleges women died or were injured by Yaz and Yasmin:

"We are very disappointed in Justice Crane's decision to certify a class in Ontario in an ongoing lawsuit regarding Yaz and Yasmin. No decision has been made on the merits of the case. We have filed a request with the Court for leave to appeal the decision and are evaluating our legal options... At Bayer patient safety comes first and we fully stand behind, Yaz and Yasmin."

Bayer is scheduled to appear in court in Ontario on Sept. 4.

Health Canada summaries of reported adverse reactions for Yaz and Yasmin, where death was an outcome

not going to include a link or description on how Plan B works so you can whip the OG into an "abortion is murder" frenzy?

or is this and FYI for parents who want to slip a pill into the daughters breakfast?

UltraViolentRay - not going to include a link or description on how Plan B works so you can whip the OG into an "abortion is murder" frenzy?

or is this and FYI for parents who want to slip a pill into the daughters breakfast?

It's simply information for parents... it's just info..not an argument starter about abortion or anything else.. Knowledge is power right? 

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