Sunday, April 15, 2007

Nary a goddamn day can pass

without some wingnut group trying to stuff its piggy little snouts into the collective crotches of women somewhere in the universe. On Friday a coalition of swinish snouts made up of the "Family Research Council", "Concerned Women of America" and some other USian anti-choice nitwits announced they were launching a pre-emptive strike on "Plan B", aka the "morning after" pill, aka Emergency Contraception (EC) by filing a lawsuit to overturn FDA approval of the drug for OTC sales:

"Washington, Apr. 13, 2007 ( - 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."

Their concern for women would be heart-warming if it were anything but a flyspecked bucket of sweating, steaming bullshit.

EC's controversial nature guaranteed that it wouldn't get FDA approval without copious evidence that it was safe. The story that the FDA approved it under "intense political pressure" from the likes of Senator Hillary Clinton is absurd for a number of reasons, one of them being that those who actually have the power to exert "political pressure" aren't known for their pro-choice sentiments. And anyway, Bushco doesn't waste it's political capital on pissy little non-issues like EC, they reserve it for pressuring US attorneys to assist them in establishing a permanent republican majority. EC is a done deal: some states are making it law that anti-choice pharmacists, the pricks, must dispense it. (I wonder how much taxpayers' money will be wasted getting court rulings to force these numbskulls do their jobs?)

The EC lawsuit will be "DOA" primarily because of the flawed premise that it's unsafe. But also because if the fundies push for a dispute between Bush's base (corporate and fundies) and Cheney's base (corporate), the common base will win.

(via rants from the rookery)