August 27, 2006

DD-PlanB.jpg Donny Deutsch hosted a great segment about Plan B and Dr. Gish's refusal to administer the pill to a rape victim. This is an outrage and every doctor that refuses to do his or her job needs to find a new profession. The way women are treated over this issue is barbaric.

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Plan B is not an abortion pill, but an emergency contraceptive and these doctors are not performing their jobs at the detriment of their patients. Can you imagine being raped and having someone refuse this treatment on the grounds of their religious beliefs? Dr. Donna Harrison has the nerve to say that if a doctor is forced to prescribe this pill--it will bring back Nazi Germany. This twisted logic permeates their talking points and has no place in it. Deutsch rightly lambasted her for these views.




Oh, and Joe Lieberman doesn't have a problem with a rape victim seeking another hospital if she is denied the Plan B pill


Lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for "principled reasons" shouldn't be forced to do so. "In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said.For some reason he thinks a rape victim is in a fine and dandy mood after being assaulted and can just jump on a bus. Simply remarkable.

Joan Ryan: 'Plan B' pill is a win-win:

It was Wednesday, so the man with the plastic models of fetuses was on the sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood on H Street in San Rafael. He has been showing up three days a week for about eight months.

"Excuse me, can I give you some information before you go in?'' he said.

I declined but took the opportunity to ask what he thought of the possibility that the Food and Drug Administration would make the "morning- after'' pill available nationwide over the counter without prescription, a proposal endorsed by the FDA's advisory committee this week. As it would reduce the number of abortions by preventing unintended pregnancies, the proposal seems like a rare win-win for those who support the right of women to make their own reproductive decisions and those who oppose abortion.

But the man was adamantly against it, echoing the opinion of pro-life members of Congress who signed a petition urging the FDA to reject the proposal. The pill causes an abortion, he explained, if a woman is already pregnant. I pointed out that doctors and researchers testified before the FDA advisory committee that the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B has no harmful effect on a fetus already developing. The pill prevents pregnancy within 72 hours of intercourse by, in most cases, preventing ovulation. In other cases, if the egg has been newly fertilized, the pill prevents the egg from implanting in the uterus.

The man smiled and shook his head. I obviously had not heard the pro- lifers' testimony on the process, he said.

I don't know, I prefer to get health information from the American Medical Association rather than, say, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

On this day, the plastic-fetus man enjoyed the company of another older man, equally well-dressed in his crew-neck pullover and slacks.

"My objection is about the young girls,'' the man said. "These young girls are going to be able to go into a drugstore and just take these pills like, like -- cough drops!''

I asked if he knew how much one dose of Plan B cost. He didn't. "Twenty-five to 30 dollars,'' I said."Oh. I didn't know that. Huh.'' on

(h/t Adam)

Correction: Donny is a Democrat. My mistake.

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