Yesterday I reported (or rather, the New York Times reported) that Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, had overruled the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to allow all women of reproductive age access to the “Plan B” contraceptive pill without a doctor’s prescription. This overruling was unprecedented, and went against the advice of America’s major medical associations as well.
Today, in a statement at the White House, President Obama himself came out in support of Sebelius’s decision. According to the NYT, here’s what our Dear Leader said:
“The reason Kathleen made this decision is that she could not be confident that a 10-year-old or an 11-year-old going to a drug store should be able — alongside bubble gum or batteries — be able to buy a medication that potentially, if not used properly, could have an adverse effect,” Mr. Obama said to reporters at the White House.
“And I think most parents would probably feel the same way,” the president added.
As far as I know, the pill has not been shown to have “adverse effects,” and if Obama really is worried about the 10- and 11-year old girls, he could at least favor lowering the age at which women can buy the pills over the counter from 17 to 12.
We all know why Obama made that decision: he’s up for re-election next year and can’t be seen among moderates or conservatives as favoring sex for young girls. (Most of those people wouldn’t vote for him anyway.)
In an unusual bit of editorializing in a news article, the Times mentions that possibility:
The bluntly personal nature of the president’s response suggested that the White House is well aware of the political sensitivities, going into an election year, of allowing broader distribution of the contraceptive, whatever the Food and Drug Administration’s scientific arguments in favor of it.
Yes, by all means let young girls have unwanted children; Obama needs himself re-elected.
Obama has caved in too much to conservatives in a misguided attempt to be conciliatory, but this ticks me off more than almost anything he’s done. It’s just too damn obvious what he’s up to, and his reasons are completely incredible.