This is NOT what a Feminist Looks Like (yet again)Posted: December 8, 2011
I watched the last presidential presser this afternoon. The President wants to be seen as a fighter, yet once again, the President will not fight for the constitutional rights or health of our country’s women.
President Obama said today that “as the father of two daughters,” he supports his Health secretary’s decision to block over-the-counter sales of the Plan B “morning after” birth control pill to girls under 17 years of age.
“I did not get involved in the process,” Obama said during a White House news conference, though he added he supports the decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Sebelius, overruling the Food and Drug Administration, said there are too many questions about the safety of Plan B for girls who can bear children as young as 10 or 11 years old.
“I think it is important for us to make sure that we apply some common sense to various rules when it comes to over-the-counter medicine,” Obama said during an impromptu news conference at the White House.
He said Sebelius decided 10- and 11-year-olds should not be able to buy the drug “alongside bubble gum or batteries” because it could have an adverse effect if not used properly. He said “most parents” probably feel the same way.
Put another way:
Barack Obama, who was educated in the country’s most esteemed universities, has implied that having daughters has convinced him the government should ignore science.
This is a pure expression of male paternalism regarding women being able to make their own reproductive decisions. … Who needs lengthy scientific review, when apparently father knows best?
I have only one more question. Have any of you ever seen any kind of drug stored next to batteries or bubble gum? When is the last time this man visited a pharmacy?