September 16, 2005

More Awesome from MA

Via feministing, we learn that the state legislature has overridden the governor's veto, and EC can now be sold over the counter. Plus, the law also requires hospitals to offer rape victims EC.

Check out Gov. Romney's reasoning:

According to the FDA, the pill mostly works by stopping the release of an egg from the ovary. But it also may block fertilization or prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb. For those who believe life begins at conception, that amounts to abortion.

Supporters of the Massachusetts law say the governor broke his word by vetoing it. On a questionnaire abortion rights groups gave to the gubernatorial candidates in 2002, Romney answered ''yes" to the question, ''Will you support efforts to increase access to emergency contraception?"

But Romney, who describes himself as ''pro-life," said he had to veto the bill to fulfill a campaign promise not to change the state's abortion laws. Because the Massachusetts bill does not have an age restriction and Plan B sometimes causes an abortion, Romney argued, the measure undermines the state's parental consent laws.


DrDeef said...

I am glad to see there are some states making some progress in this area. The FDA will likely follow suit with a nation-wide ok for OTC Plan B, which for those of you who don't know, is just a butt-load of progesterone, the very same hormone in The Pill. It raises certain questions, however, about OTC drugs. Are they really safe? The answer of course is no. Take a look at Tylenol, one of the most dangerous OTC meds. Tylenol is the number one reason for liver failure in the US. The number one! Not alcohol, and not Hepatitis C (you dirty coke snorters), but Tylenol. So, OTC dose not mean eat me! So back to Plan B, if the FDA deems it safe for OTC, and it has as much hormones in it as a whole month of birth control pills. So, does this mean that birth control pills should be OTC? Yes, and no. It makes a lot of sense from a population-control, women's reproductive rights view, but makes terrible sense from the oh shit I have a clot in my lung and now I'm dead view point. Hormones are dangerous shit. So, the moral is, don't have sex sinners!

And definitely do not take Tylenol for a hangover - it will kill you.

MosBen said...

That's why I take 1000ccs of scotch for my hangovers...