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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 complications."
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.
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