Thursday, August 24, 2006

Plan A: If we call it by a clever name we don't have to acknowledge what it does

It's been a long time since I have blogged. A couple of reasons for that:

#1 I sliced the heck out of my index finger (thought it looked a lot like celery); and typing has been very tedious and slow as I have commented on a very few blogs.

#2 doing lots of work in the house and about, traveling a bit with Thor, so finding a computer that works has been difficult.

#3 Blogger's block.

#4 (yes I know Chronicler, I "need to get an Apple") The computer has taken another dive. This time it seems we were given a counterfeit program by the terrific guys who fixed it the last time. Thanks, guys.

Lisa's Rambling has taken care of #3...

Lisa has informed me that, as of today, anyone over the age of 18 can purchase the "Plan B" pill within the borders of the United States. Yup, ANYONE over the age of 18 can walk into a pharmacy and purchase the "Plan B" pill for between $20.00 and $50.00. No prescription necessary.

Prior to this announcement, Alaska, California, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Washington, and Vermont allowed specified pharmacies to sell "Plan B" over the counter to women OF ANY AGE. In those states things won't change a bit. The law in these states gives the pharmacist the authority to write a prescription, and then fill it, according to the American Pharmacists Association.

Back in 1999 the battle began to make this "Plan" available to the general public via prescription by a doctor. By 2003 "agency advisors" and "scientists" agreed that nonprescription sales would be the best route for the U.S. to take; and it's status in the drug world began to morph. The first attempts were for any woman over the age of 16 to be allowed access to this "Plan B" alternative. That began the fight.

Unfortunately, the fight actually helped promote the drug's acceptance within the medical community and as of reports today, sales are up 30% this year!


As of this posting, there is still inconclusive data as to the safety for use in young women under the age of 18.

The manufacturers claim that the same chemicals in other "birth" control pills are in this Plan B pill, the trouble is, they both act the same way. Chemicals, hormones act in the body to change the levels that release an egg for sterilization. However, if an egg is already available at the time of intercourse, it can become fertile and travel down the Fallopian tube and into the uterus where, in normal function, it would attach to the wall of the uterus and grow to full term. With both "birth" control pills and the wonder drug known as Plan B, both cause the uterine wall to block attachment and the fertile egg is "lost" or "evacuated" during menses. This is still an abortion, just renamed.

So, as of today, anyone, read: ANYONE over the age of 18 can stroll into Target, Walmart, RiteAide, Walgreens, or any other pharmacy and purchase a pack containing a "Plan B" pill. How many of us know a "sympathetic adult" who is willing to purchase alcohol, cigarettes, and other "stuff" for young teens they deem responsible or otherwise? How many kids have a friend who is 18 who would help them out? Anyone out there ever make a fake I.D. to get into a club?Maybe I am just pessimistic. Maybe this just happens in "B" Hollywood movies.

THANK YOU FDA! Thanks for making it so very convenient for us to eliminate the middle man and give us one more way to kill our unborn babies, at home! Wow! And the price? $20-$50 what a deal! No dealing with a doctor. No hassling with ma and pa. No having to fill out a form that may embarrass one with nosy questions. Quick. Easy. No Fuss. No Responsibility. No Consequence. No Thought. No Accountability.

Did you get caught up in the moment last night? Are you inconvenienced by the thought you may be pregnant? No worries! For a quick $50 you're off the hook.

I can't wait for the commercials promoting this "Plan". Seems to me there was a Better Plan, one a tad more Divine.

When you throw a pebble into the water it makes a splash and a ripple. Today we throw a boulder in the water, and yup, there was the splash. I fear the tsunami that will come with the ripple. We, as a nation, are begging for it. Go ahead folks, move to higher ground now. The tidal wave is coming, and it isn't going to be pretty.

add to sk*rt


FrogLegs said...

Like I said on Lisa's. Wow. It makes me physically ill- for a number of reasons. The main one being the fact that I have done everything in my power (inlcuding surgery, drugs, natural remedies, shots, etc) to get pregnant and to try and stay pregnant. And now this- they don't realize what a blessing they have in being able to do what I can't seem to.

s'mee said...

Frog Legs, I am saddened by the reality of what it takes for you and others to have what most of us want. I hope that your dreams of becoming a parent are realized, soon. You have all my best blessings and prayers for a family.

I have in-laws that worked through all the medical "remedies", 100s of 1000s of $$, and literal years to be able to use IVF way back in the day (mid 80's). I also have friends who have absolutely no hope of a child of their own, are currently trying to adopt, who's attornies have tell them, "We'll do all we can, however most unwanted babies are aborted nowadays."

I understand that the strong argument for this always goes back to incest, rape, and other sexually perpetrated crimes. But really folks, are the experts claiming 1.5 million cases of rape and incest this and every year? Have the crime rates increased 30% since last year? If so, this drug is not the solution. Besides, very few of us would judge a true victim from her decision as opposed to the decision from someone "caught".

chronicler said...

Incredibly they haven't mad eit expensive enough. Everyone has someone 18 or older that will obtain the necessary pill they need.

There's someone who's going to open a big can of Whoop*ss on all of us!

Yolanda said...

It's all about our "test" here on earth...It's about everyone and their free agency...It's seeing if we are learning anything here in mortality, and if the decisions we make are going to help or hinder us in the eternities to come...It's how we handle being "in the world," when things happen that compel someone to take an "easy out," verses facing consequences.

It's our Father in Heaven's brilliance in testing his children, because he loves us, and for someone out there, this will be a test they will pass, or learn from.

Lisa M. said...

I think we live in a world of quick fixes and lack of responsibility, when it comes to all things.

You're hungry, there is a Micky Dee's open twenty four hours near you.

You're bored, there is a variety of activities everywhere to entice ever sense you have.

You make bad choices, and you can just *fix* them by stopping by a pharmacy and taking care of the after effects.

I know that is simplifying it, but there is SO much truth to that.

Along with these *quick* fixes, we lose so much as a society. We loose, pure joy. Which is hard to find, when you are darting around in a haze, just getting by. When you don't have to take responsibility for your choices, you don't have any satisfaction in any thing you may accomplish.

I believe there will be eternal consequences for our actions, inactions, and un- accountability.

When we take a pill,(insert all birth control methods that kill cell masses, after or before implantation) because it is convenience and convenience wins over, the truths we have been taught, then I really think there will be ramifications for those choices.

I have heard through out the LDS community that "The First Presidency has not said, we should not do this"

My response to that is. Should they have too? Heavenly Father has outlined our obligations. Murder is one of those. When we dispose of growing tissue, no matter what state it is in, it is destroying human life. Now if those cell masses that are multiplying have not attached or never attach to the uterine wall, then ...That is one thing, but to deliberately poison or destroy them is destroying human life.

And we know this. If we use our freedoms to choose something that is convenience, then... that is our choice.

At a national level, removing my opinions on religious issues...

There is NO doubt that this pill will become a quick fix. It does not control or prevent infectious diseases. It does not make being responsible easier. It is surely to get into the hands of kids.

It is illing to me. Really illing. I just can't possibly see the justification in it, and what makes me more ill, is that so many people can.

Lisa M. said...

Okay, so that needed a long comment warning.

So sorry!

s'mee said...

Thanks you all for your comments, and I agree with all of you.

Long comments, not a prob, I welcome them!

And in responce to any who may say that the leaders of country, state, or specified religions have not told us "do not to partake"...

"For behold, it is not meet that I should command in all things; for he that is compelled in all things, the same is a slothful and not a wise servant, wherefore he recieveth no reward."

Carrie said...

I loved your take on this topic! It's nice to see all angles of this matter being brought to light! I hope many people read these posts and comments and open their eyes to what's happening to our world! I just wish that there was more that we could do to stop this! I fear it is too late now! This fight has been going on for so long! All we can do now is pray, be examples and teach our families!

Carrie said...

I was just reading over my comment and it seemed so negative and pessimistic but how can you find the positive in any of this? It's just sad, sad, sad!