Friday, February 05, 2010

Well, He Got That One Right

President Obama did the right thing this week, and it's about time.

From the Washington Post:

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.

It might look like a small step, and it might indeed be a small step, but it is an important one. The last administration forbade the drug on military installations, thereby depriving women serving in the military of a drug that most physicians consider simply another drug in the armament of women's health care. It is emergency contraception. To the Religious Reich, however, it is a form of murder and the anti-abortionists had President Bush's ear.

I anticipate that howls of outrage will emanate from the National Convention Of Teabaggers United in Nashville and, sadly, from the usual suspects in Congress today and for at least another week.

Pass the popcorn.

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