Planned Parenthood of America (and Idaho) has invested tremendous resources and political capital in selling politicians on the “magic” of the MAP, also known as “Emergency Contraception”. Just last session, Planned Parenthood of Idaho attempted to sell the Idaho Legislature on the notion of increasing funding for contraceptives to the tune of $15 million. Fortunately, we were able to defeat that proposal in the House – but they have promised to return in the 2006 Session.
It is important, therefore, that the pro-Life community arm itself with crucial information about this subject. They need to know the harm it poses to women and girls; the deadly effect it has on newly-conceived babies in the womb and the awful social consequences of selling more young people on the lie of cheap and easy sex.
There have been several important developments over the summer of 2005:
The FDA has indefinitely postponed a decision on making the MAP available over the counter (without prescription). The Abortion Lobby has been raising a mighty ruckus, in tandem with the drug’s manufacturer – with both threatening to wage a state-by-state campaign to gain OTC status for this dangerous abortifacient.
Why does Planned Parenthood care so much?
An investigation by STOPP International (released on August 25, 2005) discovered that Planned Parenthood of America has a “sweetheart” deal with the giant maker of MAP, Barr Pharmaceuticals.
According to an internal email, Barr has agreed to sell MAP kits to Planned Parenthood at a price substantially under market -- $4.50 per unit. Simultaneously, it has pledged to maintain the public market price at around $32 per unit. A national review of Planned Parenthood clinics found that they were selling the MAP to ill-educated “clients” for about $25 per unit.
Thus, Planned Parenthood is able to make a huge profit while simultaneously undercutting their competition at drug stores and other retail outlets. STOPP estimates that Planned Parenthood and its various affiliates made a handsome profit of $15 million in 2003 alone from this dangerous drug.
Once more we see Planned Parenthood trading girls’ health for ideological and financial reasons.
Also this summer: The World Health Organization (a UN group), declared regular oral contraceptives to be “highly carcinogenic” (LifeSiteNews.com; August 8, 2005). This is a lower dose version of the MAP, so the WHO finding raises huge questions about the regular use of the “Morning After Pill”.
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