Susan F. Wood, former assistant commissioner of women’s health at the Food and Drug Administration, wrote a Washington Post commentary that nicely articulated why the Bush administration’s holdup on making Plan B available over the counter risks more than adult women’s access to that emergency contraceptive. Suggesting that the “only connection this pill has with abortion is that it has the potential to prevent the need for one,” Wood worried about the fate of the FDA’s reputation “as a body that sets the bar very high when it comes to scientific evidence and integrity” and wondered: “Why would the administration risk such a reputation over this?” It’s not just a mystery. For those of us who care about the woman who needs this pill tonight, it’s also an outrage.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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