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Sept. 1, 2006
OTC Sale of “Plan B” A Windfall for Planned Parenthood 

The July-August edition of The Caleb Report, a publication of Life Decisions International, an organization that produces a boycott list of corporations that fund Planned Parenthood, reveals data on the actual number of customers who were given “care” in Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide as reported in the 2003-2004 Planned Parenthood Federation of America Annual Report.

In 2003, 774,645 customers received “Emergency Birth Control” AKA “Plan B.” In 2004, nearly one million (983,537) customers availed themselves of that “service.” Barr Laboratories, the maker of “Plan B,” sells its one-or-two pill kits to Planned Parenthood for the “special” price of $4.25 apiece, 25 cents lower than the discount rate Barr offered to public agencies, reports Diedtra Henderson, a staff reporter for The Boston Globe. (“Agency takes in millions in morning-after pill sales,” 9/3/05) The kits are usually sold to consumers for about $30.

In the same year (2003-2004), income from PP clinics generated $306.2 million. On top of that, Planned Parenthood received $265 million of taxpayer’s money through various government grants. Much of that funding came through Title X, the Family Planning Services and Population Research Act of 1970, a bill co-authored by then Texas Congressman George Herbert Walker Bush and signed into law in 1970 by President Richard Nixon. Title X created clinics that offered comprehensive “family planning” services to low-income women and adolescents. The record shows that Mr. Bush was a passionate advocate of population control, stating in 1969, “We need to make population and family planning household words. We need to take the sensationalism out of this topic so that it can no longer be used by militants who have no real knowledge of the voluntary nature of the program but rather are using it as a political steppingstone. If family planning is anything, it is a public health matter.” In 1970, President Nixon said, “No American woman should be denied access to family planning assistance because of her economic condition. I believe, therefore, that we should establish as a national goal the provision of family planning services . . . to all who want, but cannot afford them.” (Planned Parenthood Federation of America, October 2003)

President Ronald Reagan, in carrying out the pro-life, conservative agenda he campaigned on, attempted to dismantle the whole Title X behemoth and did succeed in placing some significant obstacles in its path. George H.W. Bush, whose constituency expected him to carry on the Reagan legacy, did support measures that restricted funding for and limited access to population control activities in foreign countries as well as here at home, and incurred the wrath of his former friends by doing so. But the monster had already been created — Congress refused to defund it — and the wealthy and powerful pro-abortion interests in both parties enabled the “family planning” industry to continue its enormous growth.

Over the years, manufacturers of chemical birth control products have developed more and more powerful drugs. No longer is the term “contraceptive” applicable. To contra-cept is to prevent conception from taking place in the fallopian tube. The issue at hand is the so-called “morning after” pill or “Plan B,” a drug that, while it can act as a contraceptive, was developed to intercept a developing human embryo by preventing his or her implantation in the mother’s uterine wall, causing an early abortion.

“Plan B” is one of those powerful hormonal drugs, described on Planned Parenthood’s own website as equivalent to taking as many as 40 progesterone birth control pills, which are only available by prescription. Why then, has the Bush administration backed the decision by FDA acting director Dr. Andrew Von Eschenbach to allow it to be sold over-the-counter to anyone over 18 who wants to buy it? Does it matter that customers under 18 still need a prescription? Anyone who has followed the activities of Planned Parenthood, school-based clinics, and other taxpayer-funded “family planning’ agencies over the years would find that laughable.

There is absolutely nothing to prevent an older male, intent on committing statutory rape, from purchasing the drug and giving it to an under-age girl with the promise that if she submits to him she won’t get pregnant and no one will ever know.

The effects of this drug on the physical well-being of teen-age girls whose bodies are still developing are unknown. Who at the FDA or in the White House cares about that?

What Congressman Bush and President Nixon put into motion 26 years ago forced the American taxpayer into complicity with personal behavior many believe to be morally wrong and with population control policies to which they object. Today, because of the Bush administration’s decision on “Plan B,” millions of Americans who believe that each and every human life is deserving of respect and protection are being forced to subsidize chemical abortion.

Just how does that help to build a “culture of life” in America?

Why Don’t You Pick On Someone Your Own Size?

Non-embryonic stem cells have thus-far yielded more than 70 treatments, therapies and cures for serious and life-threatening diseases and conditions. No benefit has come from cells obtained from human embryos because their rapid and uncontrollable growth produces tumors and other disastrous results. Nevertheless, the push for experiments on living human embryos continues unabated, led by those who understand that the destiny of the human embryo will determine whether society restores respect for innocent human life . . . or not.

Advanced Cell Technology, a biotechnology company located in Alameda, CA, recently announced that it had found a way to extract stem cells from human embryos without killing them. The technique involves allowing an embryo engendered through in vitro fertilization to grow to the eight-to-ten cell stage and extracting one cell from which a “line” of cells may grow for research purposes. This is the same procedure that is used in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis through which IVF engendered embryos are tested for genetic anomalies. Those found to be imperfect are not implanted in the mother’s womb, but are instead discarded.

The Advanced Cell Technology approach would use IVF embryos that have been abandoned by their parents to a life of suspended animation in a liquid nitrogen tank. They would be thawed, a cell would be extracted . . . and then what? Since they are already abandoned, the chance of their being implanted is slim to none. Our guess is that the embryos used by Advanced Cell Technology are all dead.

It is important to remind ourselves once again of the Nuremberg Code of Medical Ethics, developed as a result of Nazi atrocities during World War II, which provides that scientific experiments must never again be performed on a human subject unless it is to his or her benefit, with no chance of injury or death and only with his or her consent. The human embryo is a human subject!

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