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 Still Fighting Court Order On Plan B Pill

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 10:54 am

Update: Obama Administration has appealed. Responding to a court order the Obama Administration begrudgingly approved over-the-counter sales of Plan B or “the morning after pill” to ages 15 and up. But the court order required all ages to have access to the medicine. The Obama administration on Tuesday approved over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill [...]

Where to Go From Plan B, And Why the Answer Is “Nowhere”

By: Friday December 21, 2012 6:22 am

I couldn’t think of a more fitting story on my last day of blogging to symbolize the nature of our government than the aborting of Plan B, wherein House Republicans couldn’t even pass a messaging bill with no chance of advancing. Sometimes we’ve seen Speaker Boehner miscount the votes – the most notable time I [...]

Boehner Bails on Plan B

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 5:46 pm

I just finished laughing from this spectacle on the House floor today. The House leadership tried desperately to pass “Plan B,” the main part of which was an extension of the Bush tax cuts on the first $1 million of income. In truth, all of the other giveaways in it would actually result in lower [...]

The Plan B Follies: Freedomworks Jumps Off the Ship

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 11:40 am

This clown show on the House floor just got more hilarious. At some point in the last four hours or so, Freedomworks, a key tea party group, abandoned their support of Plan B, this Boehner proposal to create what looks like a conservative wish list. They wrote a long encomium to Plan B at 9am [...]

Plan B Morphs Into a Conservative Wish List

By: Thursday December 20, 2012 10:45 am

House Republicans will wait until tonight to pass “Plan B,” and while I think ultimately it will pass, the reason they’re waiting so long is that they have to figure out what to put into it to get conservative votes. Erick Son of Erick has a whip list of 34 no votes and 12 leaners, [...]

Learned Behavior: Obama’s Backtrack on Tax Rates, Debt Limit Empowered Republicans

By: Wednesday December 19, 2012 7:45 am

The White House announced they would veto “Plan B,” John Boehner’s gambit to pass a bill extending the Bush-era tax rtes for all earners on the first $1 million of income. And Nancy Pelosi said that Boehner had better have 218 votes for such a bill, since House Democrats won’t provide any. Of course, Boehner [...]

Boehner Trying to Push Plan B Over the Counter

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 10:22 am

I guess the good news about the state of the fiscal slope negotiations is that nobody seems to like what’s on offer. Dick Durbin, seen as close to the President, just rejected including the chained CPI for Social Security benefits in a final deal. That rejection came even faster than the rejection of raising the [...]

Virginia Ultrasound Bill Doomed After Senator Strikes It

By: Thursday February 23, 2012 8:15 am

The bill in Virginia requiring all abortion seekers get a mandatory ultrasound is now in peril, after the right-wing Senator who introduced the trans-vaginal ultrasound requirement rebelled against changes asked for by Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell backtracked on the trans-vaginal ultrasound bill yesterday, asking the House of Delegates to amend the bill to a trans-abdominal [...]

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 [...]

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