A Christian medical group is taking issue with a recommendation
for over-the-counter availability of birth-control pills.
The suggestion comes from the American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). But Dr. Gene Rudd of the Christian Medical
Association believes it is "wrongheaded and disturbing," as
there is no research to back up the recommendation.
"They also say, Well, women ought to be able to sort out
their own risk of getting complications, and they emphasize
that the complications are small," Rudd explains. "Well, the reason
the complications are small is because women now get the
birth-control pills in an environment that screens them for
complications and has done a great job of minimizing the
So, the CMA spokesman determines that the system does not need
to be discarded. He also suggests that the ACOG should
not be trusted, because its "recent recommendations on such issues
have been pretty flawed."
"They and other groups told us that if we make the morning-after
pill available over the counter, it would reduce unintended
pregnancies in the country. And they did that without any basis of
support," he tells OneNewsNow. "And now that we have it available,
the science proves just the opposite. For every place that has made
the morning-after pill readily available, they've seen no decrease
in the number of unintended pregnancies."
If birth control is made available to purchase over the counter
without a doctor's consultation, Dr. Rudd warns there
will be a higher risk for stroke or blood clots for some women.
Moreover, expert advice from physicians will be eliminated.
One physician doesn't think it's ethical for the American
Academy of Pediatricians to urge all doctors to counsel underage
girls and provide a prescription for the "morning-after" pill to
keep in advance of intimacy.