Center for Reproductive Rights takes the FDA to court for EC restrictions

Plan B

Good to see them take action on this. The Center for Reproductive Rights is taking the FDA to court today for ignoring a court order to reconsider their age restrictions and allow emergency contraception to be sold over-the-counter to all ages:

At the start of his administration, President Obama declared that politics would no longer play a role in U.S. science policy, stating, “we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology.” And soon after FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg was confirmed, she told reporters that it was her mantra to make FDA’s decisions more “science-based.”

So in March 2009, when the court ruled that the FDA acted in “bad faith and in response to political pressure” when it repeatedly and unreasonably delayed making a decision on Plan B and departed in significant ways from its normal procedures, it thought the new administration would “conduct a fair assessment of the scientific evidence.” This has obviously not happened, and the Center is returning to the courts to make sure the FDA complies with medical and scientific consensus that says there is no rationale for age restrictions to emergency contraception.

Help them and take action; let them know that the FDA is not above the law on EC.

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