Snark: to annoy or irritate

"Snark" has been in English language dictionaries since at least 1906, and Lewis Carroll used the word to describe a mythological animal in his poem, The Hunting of the Snark (1874). Most recently, the word has come to characterize snappish, sarcastic, or mean-spirited comments or actions directed at those who annoy or irritate us.

At first, this blog was just going be a place to gripe, but because it's more satisfying to take action than it is to merely complain, now most of the posts/reposts suggest ways to get involved in solving problems.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Tell Obama: Reverse Plan B Decision

Plan BA message from Feminist Majority:

Tell President Obama to reverse the HHS decision to block FDA approval of Plan B over the counter without an age restriction. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took unprecedented action today to overrule the FDA's recommendation to approve.
This cannot stand. Women and girls' lives are in the balance. Take action now!
The FDA's recommendation "reflects a body of scientific findings [and] input from external scientific advisory committees." The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, MF, agreed. "Experts, including obstetricians/gynecologists, and pediatricians reviewed the totality of the data and agreed that it met the regulatory standard for a nonprescription drug and that Plan B One-Step should be approved for all females of child-bearing potential."
This decision not only affects girls' lives, but also women's. Right now, Plan B is accessible only behind the counter and after the presentation of an ID that proves age or a prescription. This is simply an unnecessary burden on accessing a medication that has a narrow time limit on its effectiveness to prevent unintended pregnancy. Plan B must be freely available over the counter without government interference.
Women must not be forced to jump through unnecessary hoops to obtain safe and effective contraception. Men and boys of all ages can obtain condoms easily, without interference from any government authority. Women and girls deserve equal treatment and respect, at the minimum. Please let President Obama know immediately that politics must not trump science nor medical standards for FDA approval of Plan B.
For women's lives,
Ellie Smeal
Ellie Smeal
P.S. You will likely receive emails asking you to take actions from many women's groups. Please take action on them all. President Obama needs to hear from women AND men on this!

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