Obama Administration Drops Opposition To Over-The-Counter Morning After Pill

By: Tuesday June 11, 2013 6:41 am

The Obama Administration has reversed its previous position and dropped its bid to limit sales of the morning after pill. A federal judge had previously ruled the medication should be available to women of all ages but the Obama Administration had limited the sales to women 15 and older and had started an appeal of [...]

Obama Administration Agrees to Universal Birth Control Access

By: Friday January 20, 2012 10:22 am

Adding another to a string of small victories as we begin this election year, the Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services announced that employers will need to cover contraception in their health insurance plans, ensuring close to universal contraceptive coverage. Earlier, the Administration added birth control to the essential benefits package on the [...]

Federal Judge Agrees to Review Age Restrictions on Morning-After Pill

By: Wednesday December 14, 2011 8:15 am

Let’s update that federal court hearing on the age restrictions of the morning-after pill. Judge Edward Korman heard arguments yesterday, and while he did not take action against the FDA, he did move the case forward: A federal judge Tuesday rejected a request to hold the Food and Drug Administration in contempt of court over [...]

Federal Court Hears Case to Lift Age Restrictions on Plan B

By: Tuesday December 13, 2011 8:15 am

The next stage of the Plan B saga moves to the courts. Even before last week’s controversial decision keeping the morning-after pill behind the pharmacist’s counter, and requiring women under 17 to secure a prescription before purchase, a coalition led by the Center for Reproductive Rights planned to take the government to court over age [...]

Women’s Rights Advocates in Congress Quiet on Plan B Decision

By: Friday December 9, 2011 7:37 am

I’d like to say that the decision on restricting access to Plan B has led to a backlash in Washington. I’d like to say that female and male legislators alike lambasted the decision, which will result in more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions because paternalistic policymakers didn’t want to feel icky. But the headline “Plan [...]

Obama Agrees with HHS on Restricting Access to Morning-After Pill

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 10:20 am

The President was asked today about Kathleen Sebelius’ rejection of an FDA directive to allow the morning-after pill on drugstore shelves without a prescription. And he agrees with his HHS Secretary: “I did not get involved in the process, this was a decision of Kathleen Sebelius,” Obama said, referring to his Health and Human Services [...]

HHS Overrules FDA, Will Not Make Morning After Pill an Over-the-Counter Drug

By: Wednesday December 7, 2011 10:16 am

Though the FDA supported it, the Department of Health and Human Services decided against allowing young teens access to the morning after pill in over-the-counter drugstores without a prescription. Though birth control is now available for free from doctors for anyone with health insurance, women under 17 facing an unplanned pregnancy will still have to [...]

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