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May 5, 2013

Morning-after pill ruling draws praise, criticism

NH has lowest teen birth rate, Mass. is second

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“There are a lot of concerns,” said Anne Fox, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Life. “I think it’s damaging for women, let alone children. I consider it quite damaging for 15-year-olds.”

Fox said the FDA made its decision without conducting enough studies on the potential medical effects of the morning-after pill on teenagers’ bodies.

“I think it’s one of those things that will come back to haunt us,” Fox said.

She said hormone replacement therapy has proven dangerous for some women. The best way to prevent teen pregnancy is abstinence, Fox said.

Kurt Wuelper, president of New Hampshire Right to Life, also questions the potential medical impact of young teens taking the pill. He harshly criticized the FDA’s decision and agreed with Fox that abstinence is the only way to prevent teen pregnancy.

“I think it’s an atrocity,” he said. “Emergency contraception is a lie. It is not even contraception because it does not prevent pregnancy.”

Selling the pill to young teens without a prescription is an assault on a parent’s right to be involved in the decision, he said.

“I can’t imagine the FDA ever allowing this to be sold over the counter,” he said. “No parental notification, no parental oversight — nothing.”

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