On April 30, the Food and Drug Administration approved over the counter sale of the morning-after pill Plan B One-Step to all women aged 15 and older.
Plan B One-Step is the name of the drug, made exclusively by Teva Women's Health, Inc., which acts as an emergency contraceptive which reduces the possibility of pregnancy when taken up to three days after sexual intercourse. It is taken as a single-dose 1.5 mg tablet of levonorgestrel.
Pharmacies and retailers with on-site pharmacies will have the drug on shelves, and those wishing to purchase it will have to provide proof of age. Teva has agreed to have a security tag placed on all Plan B One-Step cartons to prevent theft, according to the FDA.
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Dr. Manny Alvarez states:
"I will stay true to my beliefs that there is a danger to providing these types of medications over-the-counter, especially to young children."
"I still believe there are risks associated with these medications, especially potential over-abuse, specifically in young patients. Side effects to Plan B can include, but are not limited to: migraines, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and blood clots."
The sad part about this is that young women will be using this as routine birth control -- harming their physical, spiritual, and emotional health--encouraging sexual predators to abuse them. Yes, I am saying that it will result in an increase in rape.
We also know that the Pill is composed of synthetic female steroids that are environmentally toxic, increase the risk of breast cancer, alter phermones, kill libido, and cause depression, anxiety, and mood disturbances. What will this drug that is considerably stronger than the Pill do to our young women? No long term studies have been done.