Feds OK Plan B for 17 Year Olds Without Prescription

Thu, 04/23/2009 - 08:37
Submitted by Carlin Ross

I remember when you had to go to a clinic and get a prescription for Plan B.  If you don't take it within the first 72 hours, then it won't work so it's critical that young women get access immediately.  A big thank you to my favorite branch of government - the Judiciary - for letting the scientists make the decisions at the FDA:

Seventeen-year-olds will soon be able to buy the "morning after" emergency contraceptive without a doctor's prescription, because the Food and Drug Administration bowed to a judge's order yesterday.

Reversing a contentious policy of the Bush administration, the FDA said in a brief statement it will not appeal a judge's order that overturns restrictions limiting over-the-counter sales of so-called Plan B to women 18 and older.

Conservatives called the decision a blow to parental supervision of teens. But women's groups said the FDA's action was long overdue, since the agency's own medical reviewers had initially recommended that the contraceptive be made available without any age restrictions.

Federal Judge Edward Korman ruled last month in a lawsuit filed in New York that Bush administration appointees let politics, not science, drive their decision to restrict over-the-counter access. Korman ordered the FDA to let 17-year-olds get the pills.


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What Conservatives Want

Fri, 04/24/2009 - 08:21
Eleni (not verified)

I think they want us to all live this facade of being pure and good and non sexual and godly, while all along they continue to have their sexual kinks, ie prostitutes, pagers, strangers in the airport bathroom stalls.
I believe the term is hypocrite.

Maybe the question should be "What are conservatives so afraid of?"

Consent is the feeling of Libertarians

tom.penry's picture
Fri, 04/24/2009 - 14:30

0We Libertarians want more freedom. We do best when ALL ideas are on the table!