Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons Knows Plan B Propaganda


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Great news:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit seeking to halt sales of the only "morning-after" contraceptive pill available in the United States without a prescription.

The suit was filed against U.S. health regulators over their decision to allow non-prescription sales of Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc's Plan B pill.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Barr were sued by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and other groups seeking to overturn the FDA decision.


Wait, what? A legitimate medical organization suing to restrict Plan B availability? Something doesn't sound right here.

Having never even heard of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (do I lead an insular life, or what?), I looked it up ( more here, and here). And figured out what the problem was (emphasis mine):

AAPS emphasizes that childbirth confers undeniable health benefits on the mother, and interruption of a pregnancy is indisputably harmful compared to childbirth. The FDA should not render any decision concerning increased availability of a drug to interfere with pregnancy without hearing from all sides of the medical community about the harm of preventing childbirth.


Turns out AAPS isn't so much a medical organization as it is just another crank propaganda outfit. And not a very good one at that [undeniable health benefits, indisputably harmful, the harm of preventing childbirth, seriously?].

Still, as lame as AAPS's propaganda might be, I can't help but notice that it's still far more effective than the [nonexistent] counter propaganda effort from those on the side of science and reality.

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