Victory! Plan B is Over the Counter to Women and Girls of All Ages
On Monday, the Obama administration ended it’s attempt to restrict access to emergency contraception. Yay for having control over your own body! Thanks to wonderful activists like you who have taken a stand over the past several week, women and girls can obtain the morning after pill, regardless of age.
Plan B was approved for prescription only in 1999, and in 2003 the manufacturer asked the FDA to approve it for over the counter sales. In 2011, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius went against the scientific evidence and rejected the FDA’s decision to allow anyone to buy Plan B without a prescription. The decision was called “politically motivated” by U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman, who wrote a scathing decision that put to shame the Obama administration’s paltry justifications.
According to the Washington Post, last week the U.S. Court of Appeals refused to delay making Plan B over the counter. This could be why the Justice Department decided to drop the case.
This decision has, predictably, led to some righteous outrage from anti-choice activists. Because this just gives girls a license to go wild with no consequences! I guess what some people see as going to hell in a hand basket, I see as properly giving control of a life and body to the owner of that life and body. In order to do that, girls need to have control over their reproductive health. Period.
It’s important to remember here that this isn’t radical. Plan B prevents a pregnancy, it does not end one. This is analogous to birth control, not abortion. Plan B greatly reduces the chances of getting pregnant if taken up to three days after sex (but the sooner the better). The medicine is safe, and should be available to anyone who needs it. Thanks to you, it is.
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