Edward Korman, judge of the Eastern District of New York, has decided that the morning-after pill (MAP) shall be delivered without a prescription to women of all ages in the United States. This court decision forces the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to provide, without any restriction, the morning after pill (MAP) and other so-called emergency contraceptives to be sold in North America.
“To summon the side effects of the pill for girls under 11 years is just an excuse to deprive the vast majority of women of their right to obtain abortives without undue restrictions,” said Korman in its judgment. For my part, I answer the judge that no one has any right to kill an innocent, weak and helpless human being. Would the Judge Korman have accepted, that when his mother was pregnant, she had ingested the morning-after pill? When conceived, he was a human being, different to his mother, they were two different people.
This instruction cancels the ban on selling the morning after pill (MAP) without prescription to women under 16. The verdict of Judge Korman had the backing of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. This decision aims to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies in the United States, which stands at 49% according to an investigation by the Guttmacher Institute. Would not it be more advisable to provide adequate sex education to adolescents?
At the same time, the European Medicines Agency, at the request of the French authorities, is conducting a study of birth control pills. For some time these pills are known to have harmful effects. This reality has jumped to the public after complaints exhibited in France for over thirty women who have had cerebrovascular problems, pulmonary embolism or thrombosis.
More than 25 epidemiological investigations have explored the risk of venous thromboembolism in adolescents who ingest the pill.
Now has sounded the alarm over the lack of information and automatic prescription of these pills by physicians. Marie-Pierre Martinet, Secretary General of “Le Planning Familial”, declares to “Le Monde” that “the updating of our knowledge comes from laboratories, which have powerful marketing arguments against messages from health authorities, who always fail to be heard”.
The anticonceptive pill is the most used contraceptive method in France: 55.5% of women between 15 and 49 years consume it. Serious incidents with these pills have caused great alarm among consumers.
Following an information from “Le Figaro”, the authorities have indicated that in the last 25 years they have recognized four cases of death due to venous thrombosis caused by the pill and 125 cases of “unintended effects of the drug” (Source: Aceprensa)
Clemente Ferrer Roselló