Note to Conservatives: You Should be Happy – You Don’t Want the Government Acting as Parents
In some instances Conservatism, real Conservatism is the right thing. For example government should not be involved in making decisions about which women can and which women cannot obtain family planning services and pharmaceuticals. The government’s only role is to make sure that any drugs are effective and safe. Period. End of story.
So it was shocking that HHS decided to restrict over-the-counter sales of the morning after pill to young women even though the FDA had determined that the pills were very safe and very effective. The case went to a Federal Judge, who in no uncertain terms told the government it was wrong, that the government did not have the power to restrict access just because the government felt it was not appropriate for young women to obtain these drugs. And now the Feds have decided not to appeal that decision and to allow women, any women, to obtain the morning after pill from any drug store, no questions asked, no parental slip needed, not prescription required.
The reversal by the government means that any woman or girl will soon be able to walk into a drugstore and buy the pill, Plan B One-Step, without a prescription.
The Justice Department had been fighting to prevent that outcome, but said late Monday afternoon that it would drop its appeal of a judge’s order to make the drug more widely available. In a letter to Judge Edward R. Korman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the administration said it would comply with his demands that the Food and Drug Administration be allowed to certify the drug for nonprescription use.
Does this mean young teen age girls, or even pre-teen age girls can get the morning after pill? Yes. Now this bothers some people, heck it even bothers the President.
Mr. Obama had expressed personal concern about making the drug more broadly available last year and offered support to Kathleen Sebelius, his secretary of health and human services, when she blocked a decision by the F.D.A. that would have cleared the way for nonprescription distribution to all girls and women regardless of age. He said that as the father of two young girls, the idea of making the drug available to them without a prescription made him uncomfortable.
But you know, as a father he should be concerned, but as head of the government he should want the government to stay out of this.
Yes, there will be vocal opposition from so-called Conservatives, the hypocritical ones who say they want limited government, but who really want active government involvement making citizens do or not do things Conservatives want them to do or not do.
The decision is certain to anger anti-abortion advocates, who oppose letting young girls have access to the drug without the involvement of a parent or a doctor.
And gosh, shouldn't anti-abortion proponents welcome something that will reduce future abortions? Well they would if their goal to eliminate abortions didn't conflict with their desire to control private behavior. But for now, and hopefully for all the future to come this issue will be decided where it should be decided, with the family and the women and girls who are directly involved. Government, go away.