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Company Decides Aiding Sexual Abusers with Over-the-Counter Birth Control is Good for Business 

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Jordan Estabrook - 05 Mar 2024

Perrigo Company apparently decided that potentially aiding abusers could be good for their pocketbook.

New York Times reports that they’ll be the first to provide nonprescription over-the-counter birth control, Opill. It will be available in stores and online for $19.99. Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins put out a statement last year calling the FDA Advisory Committee’s recommendation “feckless” and “empowering abusers.” 

The article notes reproductive health “experts” giving it the thumbs up regarding how “its availability could be especially useful for teenagers, young women, and others who have difficulty dealing with the time, costs or logistical hurdles involved in visiting a doctor to obtain a prescription.”  

First and foremost, why would we give adolescent girls access to these pills without requiring parental consent or a doctor’s recommendation? If children must be fully equipped and safe before driving because it is a major responsibility, why wouldn’t we be doing the same thing here?  

The answer is simple yet terrifying; it’s not about protecting children. It’s about making money, even if it means making it easier for sexual abusers to cover up their crimes and for STDs to spread rapidly through the U.S. If abusive men use Chemical Abortion Pills to cover their violent acts, it stands to reason they’d do the same with over-the-counter birth control.  

“Making it easy for abusers to cover up their sexual abuse and statutory rape crimes with Online, No Test Chemical Abortion Pills or over-the-counter birth control sales is negligent public policy,” stated Kristan Hawkins. “I find that young women – both pro-life and pro-choice – agree that hormonal birth control causes women many terrible problems. Outside of Washington D.C., young women are very worried about such drugs. As a mother, I also am offended by the FDA’s reported decision considering the current epidemic of sexually transmitted disease.” 

In 2011, then-President Barack Obama opposed making the morning-after pill available over the counter. As the AP reported, he said that “it was just common sense to keep girls under the age of 17 from being able to buy a morning-after contraceptive pill off a drugstore shelf. Citing his own two daughters, Obama said: ‘I think most parents would probably feel the same way.’” 

New York Times also notes how three-quarters of women said “they favored an over-the-counter pill, primarily because of convenience” in a 2022 study.  

This “convenience” for women will also make it convenient for sexual abusers and for young girls without parental consent.  

“Most parents do agree that reckless distribution of certain products is not in the best interests of children who need to hear from someone other than a salesman or abuser,” stated Hawkins. “The FDA should care more about the people who receive a product that the people who want to sell it.”   

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