Republicans may expect some political backlash from cultural conservatives in the upcoming elections as President Bush’s appointee to the FDA just gave approval to the “Morning After” Plan B pill. Now, this abortifacient will be available over the counter at your local drugstore, with the exception of minors who will require consent. (Read story here)
The political backlash may be felt as cultural conservatives lose trust and faith in President Bush and Republicans who pushed for the appointment of Andrew von Eschenbach, the new commissioner of the FDA. Von Eschenbach worked a deal with Barr Pharmaceuticals for the drug’s accessibility.
Human Life International immediately decried the decision by releasing a press release asserting “President Bush Files for Divorce with Catholic Base.” The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, who serves as President of Human Life International said, “President Bush’s implied support for the abortion-causing drug Plan B is completely inconsistent with his recent veto of the embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) funding bill. What the president apparently fails to realize is that Plan B kills the same innocent unborn children that the ESCR process does.” (read press release)
Even Concerned Women for America’s President, Wendy Wright, argued, “It is deplorable that the head of the FDA would put his career ambitions and a drug company’s interests above women’s health.” Wright continued, “CWA provided legal and regulatory evidence that the FDA does not have the authority to do what it is proposing and medical evidence that any dose of the drug requires medical oversight to protect women’s health. The drug is known to cause serious complications such as blood clots and stroke.” (read press release)
With President Bush’s credibility on the life issue in question, cultural conservatives may stay home on election day thus giving pro-abortion democrats a marginal edge they need to retake both houses of Congress. And sadly, this will take the pro-life movement back several steps in the battle to restore respect for the sanctity of life.