And in today’s news update in the current GOP War on Women, we see that Sebelius has overruled the FDA on the over the counter sale of emergency contraceptives.
One would have hoped that Obama and his administration would realize it is just wrong, morally and ethically to side with the GOP and the right wing minority in this country who sincerely believe that a woman’s place is in fact back in the 19th century, barefoot, pregnant, and in the kitchen.
Note the key words in this report: “For the first time ever.”
This is a blatant political move by Obama administration to appease the ultra right.
But one has to ask why? These people will never vote for him? Ever! And not just because of this issue. They wallow in the delusion that he is a Kenyan Muslim Foreign Born Socialist. And he at times seems to believe in Science. That’s enough reason right there.
Cowering again to them on an issue like this will never gain a single vote.
So why bother? Why not just for once Obama refuse to cave in to these Neandethals, and stand up for science and reality. And maybe a little truth, justice, and the American way in the bargain?
For the first time ever, the Health and Human Services secretary publicly overruled the Food and Drug Administration, refusing Wednesday to allow emergency contraceptives to be sold over the counter, including to young teenagers. The decision avoided what could have been a bruising political battle over parental control and contraception during a presidential election season.
The contraceptive pill, called Plan B One-Step, has been available without a prescription to women 17 and older, but those 16 and younger have needed a prescription — and they still will because of the decision by the health secretary, Kathleen Sebelius. If taken soon after unprotected sex, the pill halves the chances of a pregnancy.
Although Ms. Sebelius had the legal authority to overrule the F.D.A., no health secretary had ever publicly done so, an F.D.A. spokeswoman said. Nor had such a disagreement been the subject of such extraordinary dueling press statements. Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the F.D.A.’s commissioner, issued a lengthy statement saying it was safe to sell Plan B over the counter, while Ms. Sebelius countered that the drug’s manufacturer had failed to study whether girls as young as 11 years old could safely use Plan B.
Ms. Sebelius’s decision on an emotional issue that touches on parental involvement in birth control for teenage children is likely to have powerful political reverberations. Scientists and politicians have been at odds for years over whether to make Plan B available over the counter. The Bush administration at first rejected over-the-counter availability for women of any age, but ultimately allowed it for women 18 and older. After a federal court order, the Obama administration lowered the age to 17 in 2009.