On Monday the liberal magazine Mother Jones reported:
The European manufacturer of an emergency contraceptive pill identical to Plan B, also known as the morning-after pill, will warn women that the drug is completely ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds and begins to lose effectiveness in women who weigh more than 165 pounds. [emphasis added]
The article also states:
Weight data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that, at 166 pounds, the average American woman is too heavy to use these pills effectively [emphasis added].
Add this to the ever-growing body of evidence that the increasing propagation of so-called “emergency contraception” (EC) has been an utterly failed strategy. (Indeed, this news comes just a few weeks after an article was published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management which found that increased access to EC has had no significant effect on unintended pregnancy or abortion rates—but that it may have led to a decrease in reports of rape.)
Shortly after this news broke, the nation’s largest abortion chain tweeted:
Need EC? If you weigh more than 176 pounds, using Ella or getting an IUD inserted is a better option than Plan B One-Step or Next Choice.
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFAQ) November 25, 2013
One suspects this tweet was written by Planned Parenthood’s lawyers.
Remember: the new finding is that Plan B (and other forms of EC) don’t work at all for women over 176 pounds, and all Planned Parenthood can say is that women should choose a “better option”? Seriously?
Note also that Planned Parenthood didn’t include a link to the Mother Jones article (or, for that matter, any other article) with more information. So much for being America’s “most trusted provider of reproductive health care.”
What remains to be seen now is whether Planned Parenthood will still give EC to women for whom it either won’t work or won’t likely work. Over the past decade, EC has become a major cash cow for them, and it’s hard to envision them hurting their own bottom line, especially considering how many of their clients would fall into one of these two categories.
A Staggering Increase in Planned Parenthood’s EC Numbers
In 2001, Planned Parenthood, distributed [PDF] 458,892 EC kits. Their numbers continued to increase substantially each year, and in 2004 [PDF], Planned Parenthood distributed nearly one million EC kits.
In 2011 [PDF] (the last year for which data are available), they distributed over 1.4 million EC kits—a staggering increase of 210% over the number they distributed in the first year of this century.
And let’s not forget that it’s we the taxpayers who are often the ones footing the bill for the EC given out by Planned Parenthood.
Do you really think Planned Parenthood is going to allow such a huge chunk of their revenue stream to dry up?