The military will stock the morning-after pill

The military will start making available the morning-after pill, which prevents the fertilized egg from attaching to the womb, thus killing the embryo:

The Department of Defense will begin making the morning-after pill Plan B available at all of its hospitals and health clinics around the world, officials announced Thursday.

The decision came after a recommendation by the Pentagon’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, an advisory panel that voted in November to include Plan B and the generic Next Choice on the list of drugs all military facilities should stock. The Pentagon accepted the recommendation Feb. 3, a spokeswoman said.

The decision is the latest the Obama administration has made reversing politically sensitive policies involving women’s health that were implemented during President George W. Bush’s administration. Previously, the Obama administration has announced that it was rescinding a federal regulation that would have expanded the ability of health-care workers to refuse to provide medical care they found morally objectionable, including abortion and Plan B; has lifted federal restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research; and has restored funding to international family-planning groups.

via Pentagon to stock health facilities with morning-after pill – washingtonpost.com.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Seems a little pointless considering their diligence in de-stigmatizing homosexual sex in the military.

    And is this some sort of genius shrinking of the military idea. This is one way to spare the next generation from the travails of military service. Eliminate them as soon as we can. We’re led by genius here, I tell you. Its efficient, I’ll give them that!

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Seems a little pointless considering their diligence in de-stigmatizing homosexual sex in the military.

    And is this some sort of genius shrinking of the military idea. This is one way to spare the next generation from the travails of military service. Eliminate them as soon as we can. We’re led by genius here, I tell you. Its efficient, I’ll give them that!

  • Carl Vehse

    “The decision is the latest the Obama administration has made reversing politically sensitive policies involving women’s health”

    A typical way for the clymer Washington Compost to describe what is a morning-after abortion, and ignore the health effects on the abortee. The committee made a similar recommendation in 2002, but President Bush never put it in place.

    The Department of Defense Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (Ellen P. Embrey, Acting Director) Recommendations from November, 2009 (pp. 21-22) concludes:

    “The Committee voted (13 for, 2 opposed, 0 abstained, 1 absent) to recommend adding levonorgestrel 0.75 mg (Next Choice; generic Plan B) to the BCF immediately upon signing of the November 2009 meeting minutes. Plan B One Step would remain designated as formulary under the UF. The current quantity limits of one fill per prescription, with no refills, remains.”

    The names of the Committee members in attendance are given in Appendix A (p. 29).

  • Carl Vehse

    “The decision is the latest the Obama administration has made reversing politically sensitive policies involving women’s health”

    A typical way for the clymer Washington Compost to describe what is a morning-after abortion, and ignore the health effects on the abortee. The committee made a similar recommendation in 2002, but President Bush never put it in place.

    The Department of Defense Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (Ellen P. Embrey, Acting Director) Recommendations from November, 2009 (pp. 21-22) concludes:

    “The Committee voted (13 for, 2 opposed, 0 abstained, 1 absent) to recommend adding levonorgestrel 0.75 mg (Next Choice; generic Plan B) to the BCF immediately upon signing of the November 2009 meeting minutes. Plan B One Step would remain designated as formulary under the UF. The current quantity limits of one fill per prescription, with no refills, remains.”

    The names of the Committee members in attendance are given in Appendix A (p. 29).

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Well, we can’t have our female soldiers getting pregnant. Then they can’t do all the front-line fighting we’ve been having them do by cleverly manipulating words to allow them to fight up front. So let’s just kill the embryo. Then mommy can can go kill the taliban. Say, would you pass the Doritos? This Superbowl is killer!

  • http://www.redeemedrambling.blogspot.com/ John

    Well, we can’t have our female soldiers getting pregnant. Then they can’t do all the front-line fighting we’ve been having them do by cleverly manipulating words to allow them to fight up front. So let’s just kill the embryo. Then mommy can can go kill the taliban. Say, would you pass the Doritos? This Superbowl is killer!

  • Carl Vehse

    “The decision is the latest the Obama administration has made reversing politically sensitive policies involving women’s health”

    A typical way for the Washington Compost to describe what is a morning-after abortion, and ignore the health effects on the abortee. The committee made a similar recommendation in 2002, but President Bush never put it in place.

    The Department of Defense Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (Ellen P. Embrey, Acting Director) Recommendations from November, 2009 (pp. 21-22) concludes:

    “The Committee voted (13 for, 2 opposed, 0 abstained, 1 absent) to recommend adding levonorgestrel 0.75 mg (Next Choice; generic Plan B) to the BCF immediately upon signing of the November 2009 meeting minutes. Plan B One Step would remain designated as formulary under the UF. The current quantity limits of one fill per prescription, with no refills, remains.”

    The names of the Committee members in attendance are given in Appendix A (p. 29).

  • Carl Vehse

    “The decision is the latest the Obama administration has made reversing politically sensitive policies involving women’s health”

    A typical way for the Washington Compost to describe what is a morning-after abortion, and ignore the health effects on the abortee. The committee made a similar recommendation in 2002, but President Bush never put it in place.

    The Department of Defense Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee (Ellen P. Embrey, Acting Director) Recommendations from November, 2009 (pp. 21-22) concludes:

    “The Committee voted (13 for, 2 opposed, 0 abstained, 1 absent) to recommend adding levonorgestrel 0.75 mg (Next Choice; generic Plan B) to the BCF immediately upon signing of the November 2009 meeting minutes. Plan B One Step would remain designated as formulary under the UF. The current quantity limits of one fill per prescription, with no refills, remains.”

    The names of the Committee members in attendance are given in Appendix A (p. 29).

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Women shouldn’t be in the military in the first place, with the possible exception of a nursing, and secretarial corp loosely aligned with the military. But that we have women fighting for us, and doing jobs that all but insure they will be put in combat situations, is immoral, and it should be an embarrassment to the boys of military age sitting at home playing Nintendo. They have women fighting for them. We should reinstate the draft, and any male 18 or older with no meaningful employment (McDonalds doesn’t count) ought to be forced to serve a minimum of two years for little more than room and board.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Women shouldn’t be in the military in the first place, with the possible exception of a nursing, and secretarial corp loosely aligned with the military. But that we have women fighting for us, and doing jobs that all but insure they will be put in combat situations, is immoral, and it should be an embarrassment to the boys of military age sitting at home playing Nintendo. They have women fighting for them. We should reinstate the draft, and any male 18 or older with no meaningful employment (McDonalds doesn’t count) ought to be forced to serve a minimum of two years for little more than room and board.

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Would you say that women in combat roles in the military is worse than gay men in the military?

  • http://www.geneveith.com Gene Veith

    Would you say that women in combat roles in the military is worse than gay men in the military?

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    I think so.
    When I was in there were guys whose sexual orientation was questionable. It didn’t bother me too much. As long as they weren’t making passes at me I didn’t care. And generally they know not to make passes at the other men in their units if they don’t want the tar beaten out of them.
    But the corrosive effect of the testosterone filled environment on the weaker sex was really awful on many levels. The pressure to be one of the guys when you are not one of the guys is not good for women. I don’t want to disparage their service. I just think it is immoral for us to be putting them in that situation. It isn’t as if every woman that ever joined the military succumbed to the pressure, but it wasn’t good when they did. And I just don’t think they should have to be putting their lives on the line for gameboy geeks.
    Men go to war to protect women and children, it shouldn’t be the other way around.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    I think so.
    When I was in there were guys whose sexual orientation was questionable. It didn’t bother me too much. As long as they weren’t making passes at me I didn’t care. And generally they know not to make passes at the other men in their units if they don’t want the tar beaten out of them.
    But the corrosive effect of the testosterone filled environment on the weaker sex was really awful on many levels. The pressure to be one of the guys when you are not one of the guys is not good for women. I don’t want to disparage their service. I just think it is immoral for us to be putting them in that situation. It isn’t as if every woman that ever joined the military succumbed to the pressure, but it wasn’t good when they did. And I just don’t think they should have to be putting their lives on the line for gameboy geeks.
    Men go to war to protect women and children, it shouldn’t be the other way around.

  • Joe

    I agree with Bror – the topic kind of got lost in the post about gay’s in the military. I mentioned in that post how the improper interaction between the male leadership and the female soldiers made my unit almost completely ineffectual.

  • Joe

    I agree with Bror – the topic kind of got lost in the post about gay’s in the military. I mentioned in that post how the improper interaction between the male leadership and the female soldiers made my unit almost completely ineffectual.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    I also think that it is immoral that we make our enemy shoot and kill women. We complain that they hide behind women and children. I would think my enemy absolutely immoral that they make me shoot at them, make me kill them if I don’t want to be killed. Somehow, not to be too romantic about all this, but that just seems to break a code of honor. Growing up I was taught that you don’t hit women. Fair enough, but then why are they on the battle field?

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    I also think that it is immoral that we make our enemy shoot and kill women. We complain that they hide behind women and children. I would think my enemy absolutely immoral that they make me shoot at them, make me kill them if I don’t want to be killed. Somehow, not to be too romantic about all this, but that just seems to break a code of honor. Growing up I was taught that you don’t hit women. Fair enough, but then why are they on the battle field?

  • LAJ

    My son just graduated from basic training last fall. His trainer had previously trained a group of women. He said you cannot treat the women like the men or some will be suicidal. One from that group of young women ended up needing psychiatric care. My son said there were still a couple of them last fall who attempted suicide even with easier treatment. Doesn’t sound beneficial to our military or fair!

  • LAJ

    My son just graduated from basic training last fall. His trainer had previously trained a group of women. He said you cannot treat the women like the men or some will be suicidal. One from that group of young women ended up needing psychiatric care. My son said there were still a couple of them last fall who attempted suicide even with easier treatment. Doesn’t sound beneficial to our military or fair!

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    In short Vieth, women in the military is a far bigger problem ethically, and often has far more devastating effects on unit cohesion etc.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    In short Vieth, women in the military is a far bigger problem ethically, and often has far more devastating effects on unit cohesion etc.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    This thing with the morning after pill should be a tell tale sign for parents with daughters considering military service as to what they will be exposed to. My heart mourns.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    This thing with the morning after pill should be a tell tale sign for parents with daughters considering military service as to what they will be exposed to. My heart mourns.


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