A federal judge in New York ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday to make the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill available to young teens and girls without a doctor's prescription. The White House promptly responded by saying the age restriction was the "right common-sense approach."
While today's women need to prove at the pharmacy they are 17 or older to be able to buy the morning-after pill, U.S. District Judge Edward Korman for the Eastern District of New York ruled Friday that women of any age should be able to buy emergency contraception without a doctor's prescription, according to The Associated Press.
President Barack Obama had supported a 2011 decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius setting age limits for Plan B One-Step and its generic versions, which can prevent pregnancy if taken soon enough after unprotected sex. Obama had then supported Sebelius, saying she acted because she wasn't sure that an 11-year-old "should be able, alongside bubble gum or batteries…to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could end up having an adverse effect." more >>
Created Equal, a social action movement focused on ending abortion in America, recently caught on videotape its display outside Ohio State University being destroyed by an angry student.
"It follows that those who support dismembering preborn babies would be willing to … act unlawfully to censor photos depicting victims of abortion," Mark Harrington, executive director of Created Equal, which describes abortion as "the greatest human rights injustice of our time," said in a statement
"This misguided student needs [to be] taught a lesson on the U.S. Constitution and about the protections granted to all of us under the First Amendment. We won't be intimidated by these types of unlawful acts and are more committed than ever to exposing the horror of child killing to high school and college students all across the U.S." more >>
At this year's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), I was invited to participate on a panel called "The Future of the Movement: Winning with Generation X/Y." I had a lot of ideas to discuss, including utilizing new messages to reach this new pro-life generation, recruiting more candidates with a willingness to stand up for what they believe in, developing new technology, and improving grassroots organizing, to name a few.
But, instead of focusing on the panel's extremely important topic, the moderator, Students for Liberty Co-Founder Alexander McCobin, decided to use his time to advance his libertarian ideal of legalizing gay marriage. He was especially inflammatory when he kept comparing traditional marriage supporters to segregationists. At one point, frustrated that we weren't talking about the real issues, I blurted out, "Is this the gay marriage panel?" I felt, as did much of the audience judging by their applause of my interruption, that McCobin was abusing his position as moderator to steer the conversation in only one direction.
CPAC has some serious explaining to do to its sponsors, the organizations that paid thousands to participate, for asking McCobin to moderate this panel. He has a history of being a pro-gay marriage, throw-conservatives-under-the-bus speaker and even led off his lengthy opening diatribe by announcing that he was not a conservative. This should not have been a surprise – a simple Google search shows that McCobin has publicly advocated against the role social conservatives have played on the right and has even accused those of us with different beliefs to be "intolerant." more >>
Planned Parenthood clarified Thursday that it is not in favor of killing babies who survive a botched abortion. The clarification came after a representative of Florida Planned Parenthood suggested otherwise. The organization believes that taking a life should only be legal when the life is in the mother's womb.
In a statement before Florida lawmakers, Lillian Tamayo of Planned Parenthood said, "medical guidelines and ethics already compel physicians facing life-threatening circumstances to respond, and Planned Parenthood physicians provide high-quality medical care and adhere to the most rigorous professional standards, including providing emergency care. In the extremely unlikely event that the scenario presented by the panel of legislators should happen, of course Planned Parenthood would provide appropriate care to both the woman and the infant."
The confusion over whether Planned Parenthood believes infanticide should be legal began last week after Alisa LaPolt Snow of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates was asked, "If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?" more >>
NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will speak at a pro-life pregnancy center in Texas on April 26, a month after his controversial decision not to speak at Dr. Robert Jeffress' First Baptist Church of Dallas for Easter.
Tebow is still one of the most popular Christian sports figures, despite being out of favor at the NY Jets. more >>
A clinic once owned by late-term abortion provider Dr. George Tiller has been officially reopened, nearly four years after Tiller's murder at the hands of a pro-life, anti-government extremist.
Although Tiller was known as a late-term abortion provider, the clinic, newly dubbed the "South Wind Women's Center," will perform abortions only up to the 14th week of pregnancy.
Julie Burkhart, former Tiller employee and head of the Trust Women Foundation which purchased the clinic facility last year, told Reuters the reason for the limit. more >>