Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hallelujah !

"FDA Ordered to Rethink Age Restriction for Plan B"
  • U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman in New York instructed the agency [FDA] to make Plan B available to 17-year-olds within 30 days and to review whether to make the emergency contraceptive available to all ages without a doctor's order. [Emphasis mine ! And I'm glad to add it.]
  • In his 52-page decision, Korman repeatedly criticized the FDA's handling of the issue, agreeing with allegations in a lawsuit that the decision was "arbitrary and capricious" and influenced by "political and ideological" considerations imposed by the Bush administration.
  • Plan B consists of higher doses of a hormone found in many standard birth-control pills. Taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, it has been shown to be highly effective at preventing pregnancy.
Of course, Wal-Mart still will not carry it.


I do.

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