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Plan B is a Bad Plan

Jennifer Roback Morse

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The dispute over the morning-after pill has hinged on the politics of FDA approval and the science of abortion. Did the FDA withhold approval just to placate Bush's conservative base? Is Plan B really "emergency contraception" or it is really a very early abortion? Now that the morning-after pill has been approved for over-the-counter use, we need to ask ourselves how it will affect the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs). I predict the morning-after pill will induce a new round of increases in sexually transmitted diseases.

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But for people who are using condoms but not reliably, the morning-after pill will become not Plan B, but Plan A, the birth-control method of first choice. "Oh honey, stop, we've got to put on a condom." "Don't worry, baby. I'll get you the pills tomorrow."

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But being "safe" from pregnancy isn't the same as being "safe" from STDs. Look for an increased rate of STD infections over the next few years.

Read the entire article on the National Review Online website (new window will open).

Posted: 16-Sep-06



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