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Friday, May 07, 2004

Kerry Attacks FDA Ruling Against Baby Kill Pill 

Posted by Earl at 8:37 PM

pills with deadly knife and scissors next to glass of waterFrom the pages of Times Against Humanity . .

In today's New York Times, Gardiner Harris reports on a "surprise" ruling by the Food and Drug Administration that John Mallon is describing as a "victory!":
Federal drug regulators yesterday rejected a drug maker's application to sell a morning-after pill over the counter because of concerns about whether young girls would be able to use it safely....
The decision was a surprise because in December, a panel of independent experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration voted 23 to 4 to recommend that the drug be sold over the counter....The Food and Drug Administration normally follows the recommendation of its advisory panels.
The decision was immediately attacked by a spokesman for CINO presidential contender John F. Kerry, who, unlike AmChurch bureaucrats, is quick to act when the lives of unborn babies are on the line—albeit in the wrong direction.

By overruling a recommendation by an independent FDA review board, the White House is putting its own political interests ahead of sound medical policies that have broad support. This White House is more interested in appealing to its electoral base than it is in protecting women's health.
Translation from Kerryspeak: President Bush's White House is more pro-life than John Kerry's would be. Tell us sometbing we don't already know, John!

Of course, the extent and longevity of the purported "victory," remains to be seen, as close perusal of Harris' story reveals. The FDA—hardly a friend of life—has already offered Barr Pharmaceuticals, manfacturer of the baby kill pill two outs:
Either it can undertake a new study among girls 16 years old and younger to show that they can use the drug safely without the help of a doctor. Or the company must write a new label and construct a system that would allow women older than 16 to buy the drug over the counter while those younger than 17 would be forced to get a prescription.
The compromise concessions freely offered by the FDA have already inspired Barr CEO Bruce Downey to dismiss the significance of the ruling with these words:
It's the kind of objection that can be addressed in weeks or months, not years. We are committed to taking one or both of these approaches.
Will the FDA "setback" prove a lasting "victory"? The answer to that question will prove yet another indicator of whether the Bush administration is truly pro-life or simply more "pro-life" than the regime of his anti-life opponent John Kerry would be.
Post Script: I thank all those who responded to the emergency appeals posted on Times Against Humanity and elsewhere and my brother bloggers who posted those appeals. Whatever the ultimate outcome, the setback is a powerful reminder of what we can accomplish when we work together under God, imploring His indispensible aid, i.e., when we act as what we are called to be—the Church Militant.


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