Birth Control Archive

Iowa Planned Parenthood Under Fire for Morning After Pill Give-Away

Planned Parenthood of Iowa is coming under fire from pro-life advocates for organizing a day next month where it will give away the morning after pill to anyone who comes to its facilities. The abortion business will make the Plan B drug, which normally ranges in cost from $30-$40, available to anyone for free. Pro-life advocates said Iowa Planned Parenthood is empowering rapists to force the women they sexually abuse to use the drug so they can cover up their crimes. “I think the fact they are handing this out to men is outrageous,” Rachel Cunningham of the Iowa Family Policy Center said. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a campaign that would better enable abusive men to hide their crimes,” she added. Cunningham said the Plan B drug makes it easier for someone to hide a sexually abusive relationship, or an instance of rape, or incest. Kathi Di Nicola of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa didn’t respond to the charges but simply told the newspaper that the Food and Drug Administration allows men to purchase the drug. Drug stores across the country started selling the morning after pill over the counter last week after the FDA allowed such sales in August. However, the FDA put in place a requirement that the drug only be dispensed to people over the age of 18. [26Nov06, Des Moines,...

November 2006: Birth Control

Plan B (Morning After Pill) Available OTC in U.S. Pharmacies 11/06 Where are Accurate Condom Labels?  US ‘Foreign Aid’   Consists of Billions of Condoms, Most Made in Alabama Chilean Government Calls for Study on ‘Plan B’ Pill Major US Study Shows Oral Contraceptives Increase Breast Cancer Risk by 44% in pre-menopausal women   New Devices and Options in Contraception – 60% of Unplanned Pregnancies Occur in Women Using Contraception   MORNING AFTER PILL AVAILABLE OTC IN U.S. PHARMACIES MID NOVEMBER. American women will be able to pick up abortifacient emergency contraception over the counter, to women 18 years and older, in their local pharmacies by midmonth [AP, 6Nov]. Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. said shipments of the Plan B drug have begun through the corporation’s Duramed Pharmaceuticals unit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted Duramed exclusive sales rights to Plan B for the next 3 years, Barr said. Girls under 18 will still require a prescription from their doctor. The FDA approved nonprescription sales of the drug in August, after a lengthy battle–opponents of the move warned the prescription-requirement for underage girls would be essentially meaningless, since there would be no way to prevent anyone 18 or older from purchasing the drug for a minor – even a sexual predator. The FDA responded to concerns by requiring Barr to “[m]onitor the effectiveness of the age restriction and the safe distribution of [nonprescription] Plan B to consumers [ages]18 and above and prescription Plan B to women under 18,” according to the Kaiser Daily Women’s Health Policy Report. The company said it would send “anonymous shoppers” into pharmacies to check if they were complying with...

October 2006: Birth Control

Chilean Court Reverses Its Decision and Allows ‘Morning After Pill’ UK Pregnancy & Abortion Rates Continue to Increase Despite Increasing Emergency Contraception Use Plan B Manufacturer Describes In EC Information It "May Inhibit Implantation" Abortion Advocates Admits Morning After Pill Won't Produce Big Results Blood Clot Warning on Birth Control Patch Chilean Court Reverses Its Decision and Allows ‘Morning After Pill’ (MAP/EC). Courts allow emergency contraception even for minors above age 14 without parental knowledge or consent. After a turbulent legal struggle, the Health Ministry of Chile has succeeded in its efforts to have the ‘morning after pill’ made available to minors without parental knowledge or consent.  The ‘morning after pill’ can now be dispensed in public health clinics for free to any woman or minor over the age of 14.  In 2005, a Chilean court voted to allow the drug to be distributed at public health clinics, including to minors above 14 years of age – a measure the government implemented on September 2 of this year.  Shortly after that, the Santiago Appeals Court suspended the permission until a lawsuit on the matter filed against the Health Ministry was heard and resolved.  Now, permission has once again been granted due to, what some consider, a more liberal mindset in the present rotation of judges sitting on the Court.  The newest court ruling, that the ‘morning after pill’ would be temporarily allowed, was decided on the grounds that the Santiago Appeals Court would determine the drug’s constitutionality as a possible abortifacient in the coming weeks.  Those in favor of the drug argue that it does not cause abortions and...

September 2006: Birth Control

Plan B – Now They Want NO Restrictions… IL Pharmacies Required to Post Signs to Push Morning After Pill Sales '08 Presidential Contender Allen Under Fire for Owning Plan B Stock Note: Plan B, Morning After Pill, Emergency Contraception mean, in general terms, the same thing. PLAN B – NOW THEY WANT NO RESTRICTIONS…Bush approved Plan B-OTC on 21August06, & FDA approved OTC status for Plan B as of 23August2006, & already the Plan B advocates are pushing to remove ALL restrictions. Right now, the morning after pill is a prescription-only drug for teen girls under 18. Barr chairman Bruce Downey told the New York Times that the morning after pills would also be sold in licensed sites in addition to pharmacies, meaning that agencies such as Planned Parenthood abortion businesses will sell the pills. Downey indicated that acting FDA commissioner Andrew Von Eschenbach assured him in a telephone call that the FDA was committed to solving the stalemate that has had the agency hold up the approve process for three years. [LifeNews.com 10 Aug06] Plan B backers vow to fight ANY age restrictions. Allowing girls under 18 to buy the morning-after pill without seeing a doctor would reduce teen pregnancies [although all studies contradict this], argue advocates pushing the government to expand a new ruling on the emergency contraception. [http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14512830/from/ET/] OTC: Just the beginning. [ed. This is quoted verbatim] “Let's take a look at this in light of other activities at Planned Parenthood. We know that Margaret Sanger’s plan for access to abortion began with contraception. "However, what may be surprising to realize is that Planned Parenthood’s plan...

AAPLOG: FDA's Plan B Decision is Bad Medicine for Women (Aug06)

 AAPLOG's Press Release on the recent FDA ruling giving Plan B OTC status for women over 17 years old: FDA DECISION ON PLAN B IS BAD MEDICINE FOR WOMEN The FDA's recent decision to allow over-the-counter status for Plan B "emergency contraception" for women age 18 and over may be superficially appealing but it is a step backward in women's reproductive healthcare… Despite assurances that this decision will lead to a reduction in unintended pregnancies and abortions in the United States, no one can dispute that the data demonstrate that even providing women free "emergency contraception" on hand at home has not made a difference in the unintended pregnancy or abortion rates of these women.  Going to a pharmacy to buy this medication is certainly less convenient than these study conditions. Therefore, it can reasonably be assumed that the results will be the same:  no decrease in unintended pregnancy or abortion rates. Indeed, the United Kingdom has had over-the-counter access for  "emergency contraception" since 2001 and UK abortion rates have risen to their highest levels ever. On the other hand, the potential risks to women's health are considerable.  Many women will bypass the sexually transmitted disease testing they would get at the physician's office.  These infections, such as Chlamydia, or Human Papilloma Virus,  will go undiagnosed and untreated, leading to infertility, chronic pelvic pain, or even cancer. Women using Plan B who do conceive have at least 3 times the risk of  potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy.   And they will be taking the drug without physician follow-up.  How will they know when their life may be in jeopardy from a tubal...

August 2006: Birth Control

FDA Reopens Debate on Over-the-Counter “Morning After Pill”  Manufacturer Markets Condoms Designed for 13-16 Year-olds FDA REOPENS DEBATE ON OVER-THE-COUNTER "MORNING AFTER PILL". The United States’ Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering once again to allow over-the-counter sales of the abortifacient morning-after pill, “Plan B”, just a day before the Senate begins confirmation hearings over Dr. Andrew von Eschenbach, President Bush’s nominee to head the FDA. Early Monday, the FDA contacted Barr Laboratories Inc., the  manufacturer of the “emergency contraceptive” Plan B, indicating that it wanted to meet within seven days to discuss new steps the company must take in order to sell the abortifacient without a prescription. Last August, the FDA denied Barr Laboratories Inc. a permit to sell Plan B over the counter for the reason that the FDA has no mechanism for restricting the drug’s availability to adults over 18.  The FDA’s renewed consideration of giving the morning-after pill over the counter status has outraged Concerned Women for America (CWA) which has criticized the FDA, which it says “consistently puts women second to politics”. In its press release CWA criticized the FDA for allowing the abortifacient RU-486 to remain on the market despite the fact that it has resulted in the deaths of a number of women.  CWA then blasted the FDA for its reversal from its earlier position, condemning the move to remove prescription status from Plan B as dangerous to women’s health care and minors. “Any scheme based on who buys the drug is absolutely meaningless,” said Wendy Wright, President of CWA. “Anyone, man or woman, over 18 could buy the drug and turn...

July 2006: Birth Control

Colorado PP Centers Gave Away MAP/EC (Plan B) 30 June 2006 Vasectomy May Be Tied to Abnormal Sperm CO CLINICS GAVE AWAY MAP/EC 30JUNE. Planned Parenthood said they it will distribute free "morning after" contraceptives at state clinics Friday to protest Gov. Bill Owens' veto of a bill that would have let pharmacists prescribe the pill. Owens rejected the measure in April, saying that spreading prescription power beyond doctors and specialized nurses "strays radically from the accepted norms of medicine." "Every woman should have it in their medicine cabinets, in case of birth control failure, or worse, sexual assault," Vicki Cowart, president of Planned Parenthood of the Rockies, said in a statement. The contraceptive, called Plan B, uses a high dose of the hormones found in birth control pills. It is [promoted by supporters] to prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's uterus if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, and not have any effect once the egg is embedded in the uterus wall. Other experts believe it causes a "pre-implantation effect", possibly preventing the early human embryo from implanting in the uterine endometrium. It is not the abortion drug RU-486 (Mifeprex). The governor has stressed that Plan B is already available through doctors and Planned Parenthood, said Dan Hopkins, a spokesman for Owens. But supporters of the measure have said that it would have made the drug available 24 hours a day at many pharmacies. Opponents say the drug might prevent a fertilized egg from being implanted in a woman's uterus, which they believe would be the equivalent of having an abortion. Eight states – Alaska, California,...

June 2006: Birth Control

Ecuador Constitutional Court Unanimously Approves Prohibition on Morning After Pill Last week the Court concurred with a lower court ruling to prohibit the sale of Postinor 2 (similar to Plan B)… The suit to have the pill banned was put forward by Fernando Rosero Rohde [president of a local pro-life group] in Nov 2004. The case was hard won since powerful pharmaceuticals and foreign interest groups were pushing for the legalization of the drug. In 2004 the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health ordered the removal of the abortifacient drugs from pharmacies on the grounds of a "prescribed fault" in its pricing. The decision came while pro-life leaders in the tiny South American country were working to have the pill banned completely. The physicians association of Ecuador joined [the effort] to have the pill banned completely because of its abortifacient effect. Luis Sanchez, President of the Medical Federation of Ecuador said in 2004, "The morning after pill cannot be classified as a contraceptive method because by its very nature it acts against something that has already been conceived." Planned Parenthood International worked to insinuate the contraceptive mentality into Ecuador through its affiliate, Asociación Pro-Bienestar de la Familia Ecuatoriana, which works primarily through 150 annual 'sex education' workshops for adolescents. [29May06, Quito, LifeSiteNews.com, John-Henry Westen; 31May06, PFLI PharmAid...

May 2006: Birth Control

Doctor on FDA Panel Opposes ACOG Morning After Pill Campaign Contrarian Couples Morning After Pill DOCTOR ON FDA PANEL OPPOSES ACOG MORNING AFTER PILL CAMPAIGN. Dr. David Hager  [KY OBGYN] criticized a campaign by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to get doctors to promote MAP/EC, which may sometimes cause an abortion. The campaign features ads for its 49,000 doctors to post in their offices and waiting rooms; the "Ask me" ads include waiting room posters designed to encourage women to ask their doctors about the Plan B drug. "Accidents happen" the posters say. Pro-life doctors who oppose the drug may not be receptive. Because the FDA ultimately rejected the request to sell the morning after pill over the counter and has delayed acting on a second request from the drug's manufacturer, Hager contends the ACOG ad campaign is an effort to promote over the counter sales. However, Dr. Hager told Agape Press that ACOG's contention that the drug will lower pregnancy and abortion rates is contradicted by two leading studies showing the opposite. "A study done out of Scotland, a very well done study, concludes that advance provision of emergency contraception does not reduce abortion rates…They did not find an effect on lowering abortion rates in women who had these prescriptions or had the medication available." Meanwhile, Hager points to another study, done by the University of California at San Francisco and conducted by a Planned Parenthood medical advisor, that showed those rates did not decrease even when women were supplied with the Plan B drugs. UCSF tracked 2,117 local women from age 15 to 24 who...

April 2006: Birth Control

CDC Releases a New HPV Fact Sheet for Men WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer says OCs and HRT Can Cause Breast Cancer New British Birth Control Pill ‘Within 5 Years’ May Contain RU 486 CDC RELEASES NEW HPV FACT SHEET FOR MEN, 30Mar2006. The CDC has released a new fact sheet for HVP & men: http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFACT-HPV-and-men.htm WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has announced that oral contraceptives and post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy can cause breast cancer in women (Ciarcmonograph, Vol. 91, Jan 2006). Prior to this, these hormones had been listed as “possibly carcinogenic”. Now they have been labeled “definitely carcinogenic”. The cancers involved are primarily breast but also liver and cervical cancers. With this, this agency also announced that these hormones do lower the risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer. [J. Willke, MD, Cincinnati Right to Life, 3/06] NEW BIRTH CONTROL PILL ‘WITHIN 5 YEARS’. A contraceptive pill with the potential to reduce the risk of breast cancer could be available to British women within five years, researchers have said. While the current pill is popular and used by millions of women, many remain concerned about possible links with breast cancer and blood clots. Now a pill being developed by researchers at Edinburgh University could stop periods and reverse these health risks. But it could prove controversial, as it contains the drug mifepristone, also known as RU486, which is used to induce abortions. Professor David Baird, emeritus professor of reproductive endocrinology at Edinburgh, said the research team hoped to persuade a pharmaceutical company to develop the pill. This might not happen with mifepristone but with...

March 2006: Birth Control

EC/MAP “Plan B” Battles in Many States Wal-Mart to Carry Plan B MN Start Process to Let Pharmacists Follow Their Conscience Study Finds A Link Between Oral Contraceptives and Migraines & Other Headaches (Neurology 2/06) The Pill: Some Recent Research   PLAN B BATTLES EMBROIL STATES; PROPOSALS MIRROR RED-BLUE DIVIDE. Filling a void left by the Food and Drug Administration’s inability to decide whether to make [EC/MAP] the “morning-after” pill, termed “Plan B” by its makers, available without a prescription [OTC], nearly every state is or soon will be wrestling with legislation that would expand or restrict access to the drug. More than 60 bills have been filed in state legislatures already this year, and that follows an already busy 2005 session on emergency contraception. The resulting tug of war is creating an availability map for the pill that looks increasingly similar to the map of “red states” and “blue states” in the past 2 presidential elections — with increased access in the blue states and greater restrictions in the red ones. Many of the state bills intended to expand access give specially trained pharmacists in states including Maryland, New York, Kentucky and Illinois the right to dispense emergency contraception without a prescription. Other bills require pharmacies to stock and distribute the drug, and to ensure that the pill is made available to women who come into emergency rooms after a sexual assault. But some bills would make it more difficult for many women to get emergency contraception, which is effective for only 72 hours after a woman experiences a contraceptive failure or unprotected sex. Legislation in New Hampshire, for instance, would...

January/February 2006: Birth Control (Update!)

Clot Risk for Birth-Control Patch Is Double That of Pill FDA: Morning After Pill Decision Not Political HHS: State Health Departments NOT Required to Dispense EC/MAP UK: Thousands of 13-Year-Olds Given EC Without Parental Knowledge New Survey from Contraception Promoters Themselves Shows that Condom Pushing Does NOT Work Class Action Suit: Depo-Provera Causes Osteoporosis USAID Seeks Reimbursement from Promoters of Morning After Pill (EC) in Peru Parents Sue after Their 14-year-old Daughter Died While Using the Birth Control Patch… CLOT RISK FOR PATCH IS DOUBLE THAT OF PILL.  A new study shows that women using the Ortho Evra birth-control patch have double the risk of developing blood clots compared with those who take the birth-control pill, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said 17Feb06. But the agency called the results preliminary and said they did not require immediate action other than advising women to discuss the risk with their doctors. The finding comes from one of two studies comparing the patch and the pill, said Ortho Women’s Health and Urology, maker of the once-a-week patch. The company, based in Raritan, N.J., is owned by Johnson & Johnson. Last year an investigation by The Associated Press, citing federal death and injury reports, found higher rates of blood clots in women using the patch. The first study found no increased risk of clots. But the interim results from the second study suggested a twofold increase in the risk of venous thromboembolic events, or clots in the legs and lungs, in women using the patch, Ortho said. At a briefing on Friday, Dr. Daniel Shames, director of the division of reproductive and...

Fall-Winter 2005: Birth Control

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Depo-Provera (update!) Parents Sue After Their 14-Year-Old Daughter Died with Birth Control “Patch” IARC Monographs Programme Finds Combined Estrogen-Progestogen Contraceptives and Menopausal Therapy are Carcinogenic to Humans   PARENTS SUE AFTER 14-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER DIED WITH BIRTH CONTROL PATCH.  When the parents of 14 year-old Alycia B. of WI found out their daughter was sexually active, they put her on birth control, choosing the hormonal patch instead of the Pill. When on 7May04, Alycia died suddenly of blood clots in her lower pelvis, Michael and Lorie B. decided to sue the deadly drug’s manufacturer in the hopes of having it taken off the market. The patch, which releases a dose of contraceptive hormones into a woman’s blood stream through the skin, has been responsible for at least 17 deaths in women age 17 to 30 since its release in 2002, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. In September 2004, a study by the FDA revealed 21 “life-threatening” conditions related to the patch such as blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. The Browns’ lawsuit claims the company intentionally withheld information from its own clinical trials and Food and Drug Administration records suggesting the increased risks. Thus far, Alycia is the youngest of the patch’s victims. Her mother told the La Crosse Tribune that the suit is only partly about collecting damages. “More than anything, I want it taken off the market,” she said. “Maybe I’ll be able to save a life, if people know what happened to her.” Earlier this month, Ortho-McNeil agreed to improve the warnings on the labels for the patch to...

September 2005: Birth Control

Canada Approves Morning After Pill (M.A.P./EC) Over-The-Counter (OTC) Argentina and M.A.P. Oral Contraceptives and the Risk of Cancer: International Doctors’ Group Echoes Warnings of the World Health Organization (WHO) Plan B For more Birth Control information, go to the left menu and click Birth Control, or Current Headlines/Birth Control. CANADA APPROVES MAP/ EC OTC – formalizing an order making the MAP/EC available in pharmacies over-the-counter and without a prescription. The document itself states that so-called emergency contraception “prevents the fertilized egg [sic] from attaching to the wall of the uterus”. [Rt to Life of Greater Cincinnati, 8/05] ARGENTINA & MAP – Argentina has only 39.5 million people, with a fertility rate of 2.19 children per family – ZPG. The current national gov’t promotes “reproductive health” aggressively. The introduction of the MAP/EC sparked court battles which the pro-life side won; 2 companies, representing 90% of the market of MAP, have since stopped producing MAP. This has affected neighboring countries as well [Argentina is a major pharmaceutical producer/exporter]. The most dramatic pro-life victory came when federal judge Cristina Garzon de Lascano in Cordoba ruled in 2003 that all abortifacient birth control methods violated Argentina’s constitution and must be banned from the country. Like the US federal ban on Partial-Birth Abortion, however, this excellent pro-life measure has been challenged in the courts and is still being appealed. The ministry of health in Argentina is actively opposing the ruling. [HLI Special Report, no.248, 8/05] ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES AND THE RISK OF CANCER: DOCTORS’ FEDERATION ECHOES WARNINGS OF WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION An int’l medical federation has echoed a warning by the World Health Organization about the...

August-September 2005: Birth Control

  Condoms Fail the Safety Test, FDA Halts Imports (9/05) Ugandan Condom Promotion Fails to Reduce Risk, Study Shows (9/05)   Planned Parenthood Turns A Deal on Morning After Pill Sales   Condom Errors Increase Gonorrhea Risk Among Men (AJHB,7-8/05) Study Suggests Importance of Documenting the Impact – or Failure -of Condom Promotion Birth Control Patch Manufacturer Faces Class Action Lawsuit Right of Conscience for Pharmacists… CONDOMS FAIL SAFETY TEST, FDA HALTS IMPORTS – The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a shipment of condoms from Thailand to the United States from Ansell, makers of Lifestyles, Mates and Kama Sutra brands, has failed the FDA safety standard tests. This is the second consecutive failure for the condom company’s Thailand plant. Ansell officials refused to identify which brand had failed inspection. The LifeStyle condom is the third largest seller in the world, with 11 percent of world condom sales. According to the Herald, Ansell reported August total sales for all products of $824 million, up from $791 million in August of 2004. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Thailand plant has been placed on Level 2 and can not ship products to the United States until ten consecutive shipments pass the safety tests. If another shipment fails, the plant will be placed on Level 3 detention and must be recertified. The company is making contingency plans to cover situation. The Herald reports that this is not the first time Ansell has failed FDA standards tests. Rubber gloves from Malaysia failed in October 2002. Ansell also points out that two of its competitors have had recent shipments placed under Level 1 detention as...

June-July 2005: Birth Control

New York State Senate Rules in Favor of EC at Any Age New Hampshire Makes the Morning After Pill (EC) More Available Study: The Pill May Cause Permanent Loss of Sex Drive Male Contraceptive Pill Concern About Spermicide Nonoxynol-9 Continues to Increase Nonoxynol-9 Adversely Affects Female Endometrium NEW YORK STATE SENATE RULES IN FAVOR OF EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION AT ANY AGE – The NY Senate ruled 34-27 to provide morning-after pills over the counter to girls and women without a physician’s visit or prescription and without parental consent regardless of the patient’s age. The medication could be provided by any pharmacist, nurse or midwife who gets a blanket prescription from a physician. [23June05, Wash, DC; Joe DeCook, MD, for AAPLOG, 6July2005] NH HOUSE MAKES MORNING AFTER PILL MORE AVAILABLE  — The New Hampshire legislature has again approved a measure that would allow pharmacists to sell the morning after pill [EC] without a prescription. On 25May, the state House approved the bill on a 195-169 vote after it received backing from the state Senate. Unlike last year, when Governor Benson vetoed the measure, Gov. John Lynch has promised to sign the bill. The effort to amend the legislation to limit access, failed on a 225-141 vote. Supporters of the amendment argued that teenagers should not be given access to the drug without parental involvement. “Would you want your 12-, 13-, 14- or 15 year-old daughters getting emergency contraception as easily as they can buy Advil?” asked Salem Rep. Bettencourt who introduced the age limit [AP report]. Other lawmakers said the Plan B pills would encourage teens to engage in risky sexual behavior...

May 2005: Birth Control

Study: Oral Contraceptives Boost Herpes Shedding Ecuador Physicians Fight vs. MAP/EC STUDY: ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES BOOST HERPES SHEDDINGFor women with genital herpes, taking oral contraceptives can double the likelihood of actively shedding the virus and so passing on the infection, a new study shows. The risk is also roughly doubled when women have bacterial vaginosis — vaginal infection characterized by heavy discharge — or when the vagina is colonized by group B strep. “Even if they are modest associations, they are important because of the widespread use of contraceptives and also because bacterial vaginosis and group B strep are very common vaginal conditions,” Dr. Thomas L. Cherpes of Magee-Womens Research Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, the study’s lead author, told Reuters Health. The study is the largest to date to look at factors involved in shedding of genital herpes virus, HSV-2, in women free of HIV infection. If the findings are confirmed, Cherpes added, “treatment of STDs and other vaginal coinfections may represent a method of decreasing transmission of HSV-2.” Cherpes said he and his colleagues had originally theorized that bacterial vaginosis would increase HSV-2 shedding. “We were quite surprised to find the association between group B strep colonization and HSV-2 shedding,” he said. That’s because group B strep vaginal infection is often considered a mild condition that does not cause ill effects in women who are not pregnant, he explained. In the current study, published in the medical journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, the researchers followed 330 women with HSV-2 for a year, taking vaginal swabs and smears every four months. Bacterial vaginosis increased the likelihood of viral shedding...

April 2005: Birth Control

Pro-Abortion Senators Hold Up FDA Director Vote Because of Plan B Health Canada Approves Morning After Pill Without a Prescription   ABORTION ADVOCATES DELAY FDA DIRECTOR VOTE OVER PLAN B DRUGS – the Senate is holding the FDA “hostage” until they approve emergency contraception for over-the-counter (OTC) sales. Abortion advocates in the Senate made it official [13Apr] when they delayed a vote on President Bush’s nominee to head the FDA. Pro-abortion lawmakers are upset the federal agency has postponed a decision to approve EC/morning after pill for OTC sales. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions was scheduled to vote on acting Commissioner Lester Crawford’s nomination to serve as FDA commissioner. However, Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (NY) & Patty Murray (WA) say they will block the vote until the FDA makes a decision on the Plan B drugs. The Plan B drugs are already available in the United States, but patients must first consult with a physician and receive a prescription for the pills. Barr Laboratories, the maker of the drug, wants to sell them over the counter to women 16 years or older. In a hearing on his nomination, Crawford said the drug approval process had been delayed because of the complexity of the request. Drugs normally are approved for over the counter sale to all customers or to none. Implementing the 16 year-old requirement has been complex, he explained. Despite their concerns, the committee had received 100 letters of support for Crawford and only one opposing his appointment. [Plan B/EC/MAP/morning after pill is a sexual predator’s dream-come- true — having EC on the counter...

Australia Gets Morning After Pill (1/04)

The Australian Medical Association is calling on the Federal Health Minister to reverse a decision to make emergency contraception available over the counter in pharmacies. The head of the AMA Ethics Committee, Doctor Rosanna Capolingua says the decision to make the drug Postinor available through pharmacies is short-sighted and trivializes women’s health. Dr Capolingua says pharmacists are not the right people to be distributing the morning after pill. “The morning after pill is something that women can access for unwanted pregnancies, and unwanted pregnancies occur in a whole range of situations. It is an issue that needs appropriate advice and certainly needs consideration of how the situation occurred and how the situation can be prevented in the future. A pharmacist is not able to provide that sort of advice over the counter in an environment where it is a shop, where the pharmacist may be male or female, may be a junior person.” Sexual health physician, Dr Stella Heley says easier access to the morning after pill could encourage unsafe sex. “People, if they have sexual contact without using a condom run the risk of becoming pregnant, run the risk also of contracting a sexually transmissable infection.” Postinor is the first over-the-counter birth control pill available in Australia and has a 95 per cent “success” rate [i.e. prevents ovulation or terminates pregnancy] if taken within 24 hours of sexual intercourse. [Radio News; http://www9.sbs.com.au/theworldnews/region.php?id=76039&region=7, 31.12.2003; N Valko RN,...

October 2004: 2 Birth Control Articles

Depo Provera May Triple STD Risk Research on Experimental Anti-AIDS Gel Dropped by British Lab  Depo Provera Increases Chance of Chlamydia, GonorrheaWomen who use the injected contraceptive Depo-Provera have a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases, U.S. researchers [National Institutes of Health, UNC, and Johns Hopkins Univ in Baltimore] reported. This holds true even when behavior and other factors are taken into account. It is possible that Depo-Provera itself causes a susceptibility to STDs… CONTRACEPTIVE MAY TRIPLE  STD RISK: Depo Provera Increases Chance of Chlamydia, GonorrheaWomen who use the injected contraceptive Depo-Provera have a higher rate of sexually transmitted diseases, U.S. researchers [National Institutes of Health, UNC, and Johns Hopkins Univ in Baltimore] reported. This holds true even when behavior and other factors are taken into account. It is possible that Depo-Provera itself causes a susceptibility to STDs [Charles Morrison of Family Health Int’l in Research Triangle Park, N.C., who led the study]“We did adjust for differences in condom use, differences in multiple partners, differences in the number of sexual coital acts,” Morrison said. Inner-city and younger women also had a higher risk of STDs, but using Depo-Provera added to the risk, the study found.  Morrison said the researchers were especially concerned because Depo-Provera or its generic equivalent are being increasingly used in Africa, where STDs such as the AIDS virus are very common. He said women who use Depo-Provera to prevent pregnancy should take extra care if they are in relationships in which either they or their partner have sex with other people. Like birth control pills, Depo-Provera provides no protection from an infection such as syphilis, gonorrhea or the...