Thursday, December 15, 2011

Plan B Backlash: Dem Senators Ask Sebelius to Provide the Science

The backlash is not going away:

Fourteen members of the Senate Democratic caucus led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Tuesday penned a letter to Sebelius asking for the scientific basis for her move last week to overrule Food and Drug Administrator Margaret A. Hamburg’s decision to make Plan B One-Step available to people of all ages without a prescription.

“We feel strongly that FDA regulations should be based on science. ... We ask that you share with us your specific rationale and the scientific data you relied on for the decision to overrule the FDA recommendation. On behalf of the millions of women we represent, we want to be assured that this and future decisions affecting women’s health will be based on medical and scientific evidence,” the senators wrote to Sebelius.

UPDATE: The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) is refiling a lawsuit against the FDA for "imposing unnecessary age restrictions on emergency contraceptives, and seek immediate relief to allow broader access to available drugs."

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