Family Group Sues FDA Over ‘Morning After’ Pill

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From The Washington Times
By Amy Fagan

 

The Family Research Council and other groups yesterday sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, seeking to overturn the 2006 decision that allowed over-the-counter distribution of the contraceptive Plan B also called the "morning-after pill."
Among its many complaints, the lawsuit -- filed in U.S. District Court -- accuses the FDA of violating the law by allowing the same drug to be distributed simultaneously by prescription and over the counter, and charges that the FDA's decision was made under improper political pressure from Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Patty Murray of Washington state.
"We don't think moving this to over-the-counter is like moving a cold medicine," said Chris Gacek, an attorney for FRC, a Washington-based conservative organization. "There are a lot of concerns."
"It's really simple -- it just needs to be overturned," said Charmaine Yoest, FRC's vice president for communications.

Tango’s Take
It’s ironic: Plan B caught in a Catch 22. Of course, what we’re really arguing about isn’t a law about whether whether the same pill can be available by scrip or OTC. What’s at stake is that it’s the latest cutting-edge contraception in a can, which conservatives say is akin to abortion. Essentially, they are hoping that throwing in the additional hurdle of going to the doctor will make this not worth the effort for some unready mothers. But do they really want people to have kids who are too lazy to go the lengths to get a morning-after pill?

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