The Morning After Pill - Levonelle 2
Since 2000 the Government has sought to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies, not by telling girls not to have intercourse - the only sure way of not becoming pregnant, but instead by making easily available the so called 'Morning After Pill'.
What exactly is the 'Morning After Pill'? It is a course of 2 high dosage hormonal tablets that are being promoted as being an emergency contraceptive pill taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse. When it was first introduced as an 'over the counter' pill it was said that it was a 'once only' pill. Now, girls and women are taking it, seemingly, as often as they like.
Why is this? One of the reasons is that it is so easily available there is no control over who takes it or how often. The pharmacist is supposed to ask certain questions to ensure that it is 'safely' taken, but any personal details of the girl requesting it, if obtained at all, need not be truthful. Even going to the same chemist and seeing a different pharmacist could, in theory, mean someone taking it 'safely' more than once. How much more so if a girl goes into a different chemist each time, and sees a different pharmacist each time. It is not hard to see how easy therefore, this 'emergency contraceptive pill' or 'morning after pill' can be 'safely' obtained.
Assuming that there really is a need for this pill, and a girl had to go to her GP each time, would she go? The answer undoubtly would be 'NO'. She may be single and under 16 years of age and not wish to acknowledge that she is sexually active. She could believe that her doctor would be able to check her medical history and say that the pill may have adverse effects on her and not be suitable, especailly if her body is still changing through puberty. The doctor may think it dangerous for her to have it a second or subsequent time - or even a first time, or it could be too soon after the last time she had requested it. The doctor may request that her parents are told, especially if she is under 16. She may just not want that information on her medical notes. But at least the doctor would have full consistent records on file about her health which may be important later in life.
This action of going to the GP in itself may make a girl think twice before having sexual intercourse and therefore putting herself at risk of not only becoming pregnant, but also of not contracting a sexually transmitted disease. However, those who promote free sex obviously didn't like the inconvenience or shame of having to see a doctor, and so the Government relented and allowed the 'morning after pill' to be made available over the counter. The numbers using this form of 'contraception' has risen drastically, yet the rate of teenage pregnancies has not dropped.
The 'Morning After Pill' is promoted as something that is given in confidence, with as few questions asked, and on a 'nobody need know' basis, whatever the girl's age. Yet parents are supposed to be responsible for their children and doctors are supposed to know the medical history of their patients or at least for all relevant information to be in their notes. Sadly this is not the case. The 'Morning After Pill', like abortion is covered in secrecy to the detriment of those who really care for the young girls and women who take these pills. Even schools now give out the 'Morning After Pill' without the parent's knowledge in the belief that 'they know best' and 'confidentiality'. Yet these same schools tell parents how the child is doing academically in the school report. Parents are told if a child is not attending school. Parents have to give permission for a school medical to take place, and in some cases be in attendance. Yet the 'Morning After Pill' can freely be given to any girl, whatever her age, without parental knowledge.
A letter in the Oxford Times dated 4 June 2004 from Joanna Husson of Schering Health Care Ltd, who produce this pill, states "Levonelle is licensed for sale over the counter in pharmacies to over-16s. Under-16s can be prescribed Levonelle-2 either by a doctor or by a specially-trained pharmacist or nurse who provide it through strictly-controlled Government schemes which aim to tackle teenage pregnancy. These schemes, known as patient group directions, are set up and operated by local health professionals with no direct involvement of Schering Health Care. We support these schemes where they provide good counselling on sexual health issues and where appropriate prescibing guidelines are followed...... Women have now been taking levonorgestrel, the hormone contained in Levonelle, in their contraceptive products for over three decades. The safety profile of levonorgestrel is well established and this has led the Committee on the Safety of Medicines (CSM) to accept that Levonelle meets all the relevant criteria for a pharmacy medicine. Women should therefore feel reassured by this evidence and be confident about using emergency contraception."
How this 'information' can be reassuring to anyone taking this high dosage hormone when no actual information is given on Levonelle 2 itself is very confusing. Only Levonorgestrel is mentioned as being safe in a dosage 50 times less than the amount Levonelle 2 contains. It is also worth noting that only two years after Levonelle was readily available as an over the counter 'safe' product when the two tablets had to be taken exactly 12 hours apart, Levonelle 2 came on the market, still as two pills, but now both pills should be taken at the same time. It seems those who take it are not responsible enough to remember to take it exactly 12 hours apart. In fact, Marie Stopes International, the abortion providers, actually suggest that it is purchased before (casual) sex has taken place so that it can be used immediately afterwards.
Before anyone takes this high dosage hormonal pill, maybe to be sure of how 'safe' it is they could ask Schering Health the following questions:
These are just some questions that need to be asked and answered. Without knowing long term effects of taking hormonal pills on a daily or occasional basis, women are actually agreeing to being used as 'guinea pigs' for these multi-million pounds/dollars industries. Does the health of girls and women, in both the short term and long term, really come before profits? If you care about your health, you will find out exactly what these pills are doing to your body.
PLEASE NOTE: 'The Morning After Pill (MAP) - Emergency Contraception' is not the same as RU486. Whilst the MAP is supposed to work before implantation (hence the need to take it within 72 hours), RU486 is designed to block hormones in the womb that maintain the placenta and therefore 'starving' the embryo so that s/he dies and comes away from the lining of the womb followed by an early labour when the embryo is expelled from the body. RU486 can only be used upto 9 weeks into the pregnancy. Both these drugs, and the ordinary Contraceptive Pill create an artificial hormonal inbalance to a normal healthy body. Please see Abortion and Breast Cancer for details of one of the dangers of not allowing a first or subsequent pregnancy to go full term.