Fox News: Plan B "covers up rapes," is "boon for creepy uncles"

Fox News' "The Five" weighs in on the FDA ruling to expand access to safe birth control

By Katie McDonough
Published May 3, 2013 5:10PM (EDT)
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On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced its decision to make Plan B available over the counter and without a prescription to anyone aged 15 or older, and Fox News' "The Five" wants to talk about it.

The group bemoaned the FDA's decision, falsely labeling Plan B an "abortion pill" (for more on how Plan B works please see here) and announced a theory that increased access to birth control will somehow "cover up rapes." This line of argument is not based in reality: forensic investigations do not require a pregnancy to confirm an assault and women's bodies are not incubators for evidence in rape cases.

After all of that, Greg Gutfeld chimed in that the FDA's decision is a "boon for creepy uncles."

Let's see if you can follow his logic:

Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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