Family Research Council

FDA Tries to Kill the Golden Caf


By Tony Perkins
May 23, 2013

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No wonder the FDA's priorities are mixed up. It's gumming up the system with Wrigley! Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. You'll be glad to know that the FDA is taking kids' safety seriously--at least when it comes to chewing gum. Last month, the FDA launched an investigation to study the effects of caffeinated gum on kids. The agency says it's "particularly concerned about children... and the government's responsibility... to protect public health." That's interesting, since the same agency didn't bat an eye when it came to giving kids a drug with four times the hormones of regular birth control! The FDA's fighting to make emergency contraception available to girls as young 15 right off the shelf--without conducting a single study on the side effects for teens! I guess they think gum is a bigger risk to kids' health than a drug powerful enough to end a pregnancy. Well, I hate to burst their bubble, but gum isn't the problem. Plan B is--and it's time they chewed on that.

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