President Obama: Don't Play Politics with the Health of Women and Young People
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President Obama: Don't Play Politics with the Health of Women and Young People

    1. Tanisha Humphrey
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      Tanisha Humphrey

      Chicago, IL

TAKE ACTION: On December 7, the FDA was poised to expand access to Plan B One-Step emergency contraception for all women. Shockingly, President Obama and HHS Secretary Sebelius blocked the decision from taking effect. No presidential administration has ever overruled the FDA’s ability to make a decision on medical science – until now.

President Obama objected to allowing younger teens to purchase emergency contraception without a prescription, but this age restriction causes huge problems for women of all ages.

I should know. It happened to me.

One time during my freshman year in college, the condom broke. I wasn't on birth control because I couldn't afford it at the time. I was suddenly facing the possibility of getting pregnant my first semester in college and I was terrified.

I knew I needed Plan B. I was over 18, but I didn’t have identification to prove it. I've never felt so powerless, never so at the mercy of someone else for something so important. Thankfully, the guy I was seeing stepped up and bought it for me – but I know not everyone has someone they can turn to.

Many women face similar barriers: nearly 20% of women ages 18-24 don’t have government issue photo ID, and even if you do, you still may face stigma, cultural barriers, or flat-out refusal trying to get Plan B. Plus, you’re out of luck at night or if the pharmacy counter happens to be closed – which is a pretty huge deal since Plan B is much more effective the sooner you take it.

I was astonished that President Obama said he made this decision “as a father” because he’s uncomfortable that young teens could find Plan B One-Step in the aisle at the drug store, rather than behind the counter. I expect him to make policy decisions about science as the President, based on the evidence and the best medical research.

The FDA looked at all existing research and peer-reviewed medical science before deciding that "determined that the product was safe and effective [including] in adolescent females…" Even the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all support access to emergency contraception for all females of reproductive age.

Tell President Obama and Secretary Sebelius to stop blocking the FDA from doing its job. Medical experts have spoken: it’s time to make Plan B One-Step available for all women.

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Campaign Update

      Shelby Knox
      Senior Campaigner

      Initially there was hope that President Obama would side with the FDA, all available scientific research, and the women of America. Instead, he decided to invoke his power as “Daddy In Chief” and allow a presidential administration – for the first time ever – to overrule the FDA on issues of medical science.

      In 2009, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum committing his administration to champion science. So why is the President throwing woman’s health under the bus because he’s too scared of the political backlash of doing the right thing?

      Check out the video of President Obama’s remarks by clicking 'more at youtube' below:

    3. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    • Jennifer Gilpin DALLAS, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      We must make birth control measures freely available. The anti-abortion forces need to get a clue and be pro-birth control. No one should have to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term or have the pregnancy occur in the first place! No one should be an unwanted (and consequently abused) child! Additionally the planet is suffering from human overpopulation and this reality must be honestly faced. When the anti-abortion/anti-birth control crowd makes sure that EVERYONE has food, shelter and medical care freely available they might have a position to be supported. Until then they need to SHUT UP and quit trying to run other peoples lives according to their standards!

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    • Milton Blough CLAREMONT, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Mr. Obama, have you no dignity. I realize that you turned out to be exactly what your background indicates but you need to stop abdicating your responsibilities to the right wing born again christian terrorists. Let their children have unwanted children. But let the intelligent women of this country make their own decisions about their health. It is their bodies not yours, or orin hatchs, marco rubios and others.

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    • maha abdel SAN JUAN
      • over 2 years ago
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    • Joe C PORTLAND, ME
      • over 2 years ago

      Huge oversight and uncharacteristic of Obama. Fix it.

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    • Marla Pineda-Aguirre TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      That's insane!!!! Why is this making a problem? Don't block the Plan B!

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