New FDA Plan B Description: Now With Actual Science

06/19/2012 11:33 AM |


Hooray! The FDA has changed the wording on their official description of Plan B to reflect the actual facts of what it does. I’m sure conservative ding dongs will continue to insist that Plan B is somehow magically an abortion pill, even though you take it right after sex and it takes an egg five days to implant in the uterus, but those guys aren’t big on listening to facts or science so I guess I’m not really surprised.

Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allegedly edited its online description of how the “morning-after pill” works — striking the potentially dubious detail that continues to inspire most of the backlash against the administration’s birth control coverage mandate.

The FDA’s entry on the “morning-after pill” now reads, in part: “These are pills with hormones similar to other oral contraceptives” and “They stop the ovaries from releasing an egg or stops sperm from joining with the egg.” [RH Reality Check]

I literally cannot understand a group of people who are both anti-contraception and anti-abortion, but I guess there are a lot of things I don’t really understand about conservative thought. If it were up to me, all hormonal birth control would be cheap and over-the-counter. Anyway, I guess it’s a sad state of affairs when it’s good news that the FDA is willing to accurately describe what a drug does, rather than change the facts to suit some political purpose, but hey, I guess we’ve all got to take what we can get these days.