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Anti-Plan B-ers Shoot Themselves in the Foot

The real divide in the debate over EC is between those who support the well-being of teenage girls, and those who pursue an anti-choice and anti-contraception agenda so inflexible that it hinders its own aims.

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Roundup: Clinton Stands Tall for International Reproductive Rights, FDA OKs OTC EC Access for 17-Year-Olds

Clinton gives a vigorous defense of reproductive rights worldwide; FDA official says agency will approve over-the-counter access for Plan B for 17-year-olds; health care costs hit even the fortunate, like Kate Michelman; Senate Finance Committee approves Sebelius nomination.

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Official: FDA to OK Plan B for 17-year-olds

The AP is reporting that a government health official says the Food and Drug Administration will allow 17-year-olds to get the ‘morning-after’ birth control pill without a doctor’s prescription.

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Weekly Pulse: Reconciliation and Discrimination in Health Care

The House version of the just-passed budget includes critical language that could open the door for healthcare reform in 2009 – and not a moment too soon.

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Roundup: Federal Judge Rules FDA Must Reconsider EC Decision

Federal court orders FDA to reconsider emergency contraception decision; Oklahoma legislature considers sex-selective abortion; National Advocates for Pregnant Women creates video on effects of “egg-as-person” laws; comment on the HHS rule!

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Rewriting Science Fiction: Politics Out of Plan B

The FDA, under Dr. Margaret Hamburg’s leadership, should take a fresh look at the agency’s over-the-counter policy on Plan B to ensure that the policy is based on medical evidence, not ideology. Update 3/24/09: Court rules in favor of evidence!

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Court Rules on Emergency Contraception or Long Reign of Un-Science, Un-Reason Is Over

The United States District Court ruled on the FDA’s emergency contraception decision – in favor of reason and science over ideology and politics.

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Taking Politics Out of Plan B

I have long mourned the death of science in the emergency contraception debate.

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Not Just A Cosmetic Problem

The effect that toxic chemicals in makeup have on their youngest buyers – teens who may be less discriminating about the products they use – is particularly worrisome.

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Roundup: Octuplets’ Birth Put IVF in the Spotlight

Birth of octuplets puts IVF in the spotlight; FDA forces Bayer to run corrective commercials about Yaz; Missouri House adopts resolution opposing FOCA; significant percentage of Obama voters identify as anti-choice, University of Arizona study finds.

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