Although overwhelmingly jazzed for this victory -- FDA's shifting to endorse OTC EC -- I'd like to state once again how obscene it is that the US doesn't even abide by the recommendations of scientists and public health officials -- or statistics -- in regard to women's health here or worldwide. Cue the US Mexico City Policy.
Exhibit A, from the NY Times:
In 2003, an F.D.A. advisory committee voted 23 to 4 to allow the drug’s over-the-counter sale without age restrictions. But a top official of the agency overruled that committee and agency staff members, raising concerns that young teenagers might engage in riskier sex if the morning-after pill was easily available. The company revised its application, asking that over-the-counter sale be allowed for women older than 16.Check out the full article here.