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Access to Plan B will Lead to Rape, Incest, STDs, Says Bill O'Reilly (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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On Thursday night's broadcast of "The O'Reilly Factor," host Bill O'Reilly warned that giving young females access to health care — in this case the emergency contraceptive "Plan B" — will lead to more statutory rape, incest and STDs.

O'Reilly discussed the topic with fellow conservative Laura Ingraham, who said Plan B would accessed by "little girls."

"Anyone who abuses a young girl could take her into a pharmacy and get it for her and manipulate her once again, without her parents knowing anything" Ingraham said.

However, Ingraham failed to mention why a "little girl" should be denied emergency contraception in order to prevent a pregnancy caused by a criminal.

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O'Reilly then said that young women, for reasons unknown, will wrongly think that Plan B protects them from STDs, which no one in the mainstream medical field has ever claimed.

"This will lead to a rise in STDs, which is an epidemic, not reported on much by the media, but it will certainly do that," O'Reilly said. "Kids will say, 'If I have unprotected sex, I can pop it in my mouth and I'll be okay, so I won't use a condom or protect myself.'"

He then went back to Ingraham's claim about statutory rape and added that incest would also increase because of the availability of this type medical health care.

"Statutory rape another thing, very underreported in this country," he said. "We don't want to hear about it. Incest, same thing."

Ingraham added: "Again, we're not talking about adults, we're talking about vulnerable little girls who are vulnerable to adult males who prey on them."

Neither O'Reilly or Ingraham was able to provide evidence that making emergency contraception available to sexual assault victims, of any age, somehow increases sexual assaults.

Source: MediaMatters.org