Friday, April 13, 2007

Women Apparently Are Too Stupid To Trust

A bunch of fundamentalists are gathering together to fight Plan B being available for women. On the radio tonight, I heard one excuse. Pharmacists in Washington State are being religiously surpressed by being forced to dispense this medication.

Funny, nobody lets me stop paying taxes because I am opposed to the war in Iraq. If you disagree with the law, you have two options, you either quit as a pharmacist, or you commit civil disobedience along with it's inherent consequences.

Googling up the usual suspects behind this attempt at overturning women's freedoms, I found the following press release from Catholic World News.

A coalition of American pro-life groups and doctors' associations has filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter sales of the "Plan B" morning-after pill.

The lawsuit-- brought by the Family Research Council, American Association of Physicians and Surgeons, Concerned Women for America, and Safe Drugs for Women-- charges that the FDA improperly authorized sale of Plan B because of intense political pressure.

Specifically, the suit says that the manufacturers of Plan B failed to demonstrate that the drug is safe for all women, and that the directions provided on the label are adequately understood by the women who will take the drug.

In approving the sale of Plan B, the FDA too an inexplicable step, observed Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America; the federal overseer made "a high dose of a drug available without a prescription when a low dose of the same drug requires a prescription." Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, charged that the FDS "sacrificed women's health and committed unprecedented violations of the law" in approving the drug for over-the-counter use.

This argument is such a load of crap. First, they are being dishonest. They are not interested in the health of women, or they would advocate that the millions of women without health care get access with universal coverage. Then suggesting that women are too stupid to read a label is pretty paternalistic for a group that claims to be about supporting women.

Somebody once called these folks the pro-birth movement and it's true. They are also anti sexuality, except of course in their own lives. Graveyards often fall out of these people's closets. Tony Perkins, the forner wingnut congressman from Louisiana, always is talking about fags and fetuses. That is what Jesus focused on exclusively, so they are just following his message. For those wingnuts who don't get sarcasm, that was an example of it.

The war against women is never going to end as long as one woman isn't being domestic, subservient, not enjoying her sexuality. Until that moment happens the far right won't rest.