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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Plan B for Plan B

The Obama administration has decided to drop its legal appeals in a case involving the "morning after pill."  A few months ago, the FDA released an advisory report, in which it recommended that so-called one-step emergency contraceptives (i.e., those involving a single pill) be sold over-the-counter, without a prescription.  In an unusual move, the Obama administration, in the person of health and human services secretary Kathleen Sebelius decided to ignore the advisory, which led to lawsuits from reproductive-rights advocates.

This is the right decision on the administration's part--right up there with their earlier decision to stop defending the homophobic "Defense of Marriage" Act.  Let's face it, right now Obama has enough on his plate without looking for battles he doesn't NEED to fight.  I was struck, however, by the following tidbit from the news article:

"The Justice Department said it would not remove restrictions from two-pill emergency contraceptives because it is concerned that young girls might not be able to adequately understand how to take two separate doses."

Now, I know girls are bad at math, but I was always under the impression that--at least once they reached child-bearing age--they possessed the ability to count to TWO!

(Yeah, yeah, same to you!)

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