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Mount Sinai Doctor: Morning-After Pill Ruling Is Dangerous

Friday, 05 Apr 2013 06:02 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A federal judge’s order that emergency contraceptives must be made available to girls of all ages within 30 days “doesn’t make any kind of medical sense,’’ a top Mount Sinai School of Medicine physician says.

“Now you have everybody that can get this medication without any doctor supervision, without any prescription,’’ Dr. David Samadi, Vice Chairman of Mt. Sinai’s Department of Urology, told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’

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“And it can really encourage and promote having a lot of sexual activities which can spread all the sexually-transmitted diseases, [cause] unwanted abortions, on and on.

“This decision just doesn’t make much sense medically and morally and ethically.’’

U.S. District Judge Edward Korman ruled the Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of the morning-after pill was "arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable." His judgment came as a result a lawsuit by reproductive-rights groups.

Samadi said many people don’t realize the large number of side effects that can be caused by morning-after pills.

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“There’s bleeding and there’s many others. It affects hormonal changes in young girls like this, so it’s not just … there are no consequences. It’s got to be done under doctor supervision and not on your own,’’ he said.

He also lamented how the ruling strips parents of any control.

“It takes the power away from the parents and any kind of parental guidance,’’ he said.

“They can walk in and get this kind of prescription medication without any prescriptions so there’s no visit to the doctor, the parents may not even know that they’re on it.

“And again through peer pressure it can open up many doors for these girls to just become sexually active even younger than the normal age and just overall it’s not going to be healthy for them.’’

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