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Birth control has become an unlikely controversy in the upcoming presidential election.
A move that started when President Barack Obama passed a notion which would require all employers, whether religious or not, to cover contraception, has grown into a full on debate.
Many in the Catholic church have screamed outrage over the fact that religiously-affiliated companies would have to cover something they don’t believe in. Obama responded by saying that religious employers could opt out, but insurers would have to cover birth control.
Birth control has become even more of a controversy recently with the fact that all conversations about the women’s rights issue have been discussed only by men. In the month of February alone, 22 men were interviewed or talked about birth control on the news versus 2 women. Many find it strange that men, who don’t even take birth control, would be brought in to discuss the topic.
Currently, Obama has been trying to resolve the issue and has casted the contraception controversy as a women’s rights issue, and not a religious freedom issue. Many Republicans and religious organizations early accused the president of making birth control a war on religion.
Adding more heat to the debate was conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who verbally attacked a female law student on Feb. 29. Limbaugh called 30-year-old Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” because she was a supporter of access to contraception. He also said that if the government and employers covered birth control, it was basically paying for their employees to have sex.
Republican strategist John Feehery has commented that by GOP candidates not distancing themselves from Limbaugh’s comments has only allowed Obama an advantage.
Despite the controversy, a new poll by CBS News and the New York Times has revealed that 72 percent of women support the requirement of private insurance companies to cover the full cost of birth control for their patients. This is versus the 59 percent of men who support the requirement.
What is the difference between a vending machine and an automated self-checkout machine? This is up for debate at the University of Shippensburg in Pennsylvania. Some people have become outraged because the University offers a vending machine that sells, ‘the morning after pill,’ condoms, and nasal decongestants.
The machine has been in place for two years, but has not received attention until recent inquires sent to the Food and Drug Administration. The vending machine was put in place because of a survey taken on campus a few years ago.
85% of students supported making Plan B available on campus. The unanimous decision made Plan B available ever since. However, this is the only place Plan B is so readily available.
Throughout the rest of the nation Plan B can only be purchased behind the counter form a pharmacist. This exception has enraged some religious groups that view the plan B, ‘morning after pill’ as an abortion drug.
Birth-control pills by drug maker Pfizer Inc. are being recalled over packs that aren’t packaged correctly, which raises the risk of unplanned pregnancies.
Lo/Ovral-28 pills and their Norgestrel generic versions were recalled back. The pills come in a pack that contains 21 active pills and seven sugar pills. Women who use this form of birth control are supposed to take a certain pill every day in order to prevent pregnancy. At the end of a monthly cycle, the inert pills are to be taken.
On Feb. 1, Pfizer said that although the company only believes 30 packs had packaging problems, which included the active and inert pills being out of order, and some packs lacking the correct amount of each kind of pill. The company had recalled a million packs in the U.S. for safety measures.
The Food and Drug Administration office currently has not received any reports of unintended pregnancies as a result of the mishap. Pfizer hasn’t either, but the agency is still investigation.
The pills were made and shipped last year from a Pfizer plant in New York. To encourage correct usage, active pills are white, while the placebo pills are pink. Pfizer learned of the mishap when a costumer complained to the company on Oct. 19 because a pink pill had been where a white pill should have been in her pack.
Pfizer notified pharmacies and distributors on Dec. 28 that they were recalling the pills and had chosen not to provide a public notice. Late Tuesday, however, the FDA requested that the company go public with their recall.
There is a recall on several types of birth control pills, from Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, due to a packaging error.
The mistake is found on a card that tracks dosage. It is currently misaligned and it may be having women take a hormone-free pill on the wrong day.
The recall is for 1.4 millions packages and is on the following products: Cyclafem 7/7/7, Cyclafem 1/35, Emoquette, Gildess FE 1.5/30, Gildess FE 1/20, Orsythia, Previferm, and Tri-Previferm.
Affected customers are being asked to direct their questions and concerns to their pharmacists.
The United States Institute of Medicine is recommending free birth control and other health services to all women. The recommendation is to make all birth control methods, including the day after pill, readily available to women for free. Unplanned pregnancies have been increasing and are at an all time high. Studies have shown women who have unplanned pregnancies were more likely to put their baby at risk by smoking, drinking alcohol, and also experience depression. Besides for making birth control available other services would also be added such as HPV testing, domestic violence screening, counseling for HIV, and other services. The object to make birth control readily available for free is to reduce the amount of unplanned pregnancies. Many women do not have the expendable money to purchase birth control, so this plan will help those who cannot afford it.