April 26, 2007
Here’s today’s Washington Watch Daily commentary from FRC Radio:
According to a new study, emergency contraception is delivering. But unfortunately, thats the problem. The study, by Cochrane Collaboration, found that instead of reducing pregnancies, women who received the so-called morning-after pills pills were just as likely to conceive. The research combines eight studies of over 6,000 women in the U.S., India, and China, where the results were all the same. It turns out that the morning-after pill is no cure for morning sickness. Thats hardly good news for the 21 states basing legislation on it. We expected that easier access to contraception could help women use the pills more quickly when they needed them, said Chelsea Polis, the lead researcher. But increasing its availability didnt increase its effectiveness. Instead, the women who had Plan B didnt use itand if they did, they took it too late for the pills to work. We can add this to the long list of reasons why the FDA should not have approved the pills in the first place. Instead of fast-tracking the bills on Plan B, state leaders would be wise to take a long pregnant pause to consider all the facts.