Dem senators question call on morning-after pill

AP News
Posted: Dec 13, 2011 12:32 PM
Dem senators question call on morning-after pill

Leading Democratic senators are demanding that the Obama administration explain its decision to continue restricting access to Plan B, the morning-after birth control pill, for those under 17.

Washington state Sen. Patty Murray and 13 colleagues wrote Tuesday to Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius seeking the "specific rationale and the scientific data" behind the controversial move.

Sebelius overruled the FDA's decision to approve the emergency contraceptive for sale over-the-counter to women of any age.

Plan B will remain available without a prescription only to women 17 and older who can prove their age. The FDA would have allowed it on drug store shelves, next to the condoms.

Sebelius said she was concerned about a lack of data on the impact for young girls, and President Barack Obama supported her.