By Kate Randall in the USA:
Obama administration blocks access to emergency contraception for young women
9 December 2011
The Obama administration’s secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) has overruled a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommendation that would have allowed emergency contraceptives to be sold over the counter with no age restrictions. The move is an affront to women’s reproductive rights and an attack on the health of young women.
It is an action without precedent and the first time that HHS has used its statutory authority to override a government agency recommendation. Obama personally defended the decision in remarks at a White House press conference on Thursday.
The decision, denounced by women’s health advocates and medical professionals, highlights the Obama administration’s pandering to the religious right, anti-abortion activists, and the Catholic Church.