FDA makes ‘Plan B’ pill more available

Action angers some groups opposed to abortion rights
After a three-year debate, the federal Food and Drug Administration has approved wider distribution of a “morning-after” contraceptive, angering some religious conservatives.

FDA officials say they have approved nonprescription sales of “Plan B,” a drug designed to prevent ovulation and fertilization of a woman’s egg. The decision, however, only allows women 18 years of age or older to have over-the-counter access to the drug.

The decision announced August 24 came just days after the agency’s acting director said he was prepared to expand the drug’s availability and President Bush expressed solidarity with that decision. Both actions angered some groups opposed to abortion rights.

 

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